Parents as Teachers National Center Honors Carol Brunson Day

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Recognition celebrates lifetime achievement in supporting children and families.

Carol Brunson Day, president and COO of National Black Child Development Institute, will accept the 2008 Parents as Teachers Child and Family Advocacy Award at the 17th annual Parents as Teachers Conference here. This award honors an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional service and dedication in advocating for children and families. The 2008 award will go to Brunson Day in recognition of her steadfast commitment to children and family policy in a career spanning 39 years.

"This is the most prestigious award our organization presents," says Susan S. Stepleton, president and CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center. "It recognizes not just accomplishments, but also an ongoing, often lifetime devotion to support children and families. Carol Brunson Day certainly exemplifies this unwavering dedication through her work as leader and influencer in the areas of teaching, consulting, research and administration."

Currently, Brunson Day leads National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) as president and COO. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NBCDI's mission is to improve and protect the lives of children by advocating for improved child welfare services, universal access to early care and education, family support services and educational reform.

Previous recipients of the Parents as Teachers Child and Family Advocacy Award include the National League of Cities, United Way of America, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Missouri Senator Kit Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Evelyn Moore, Dolly Parton, Idaho's First Lady Patricia Kempthorne and the Albertson Foundation, among others.

The 2008 Parents as Teachers Conference, April 1-3 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel and America's Center in St. Louis, has drawn more than 1,000 parent educators and representatives from early childhood, child care, health, social services, government and business. This year's conference, with a focus on early childhood advocacy, is providing parent educators with access to the most cutting-edge thinking on early childhood education and policy, family dynamics and cultural education.

About Parents as Teachers National Center
Based in St. Louis, Parents as Teachers National Center is the resource base and backbone of Parents as Teachers, a parent education and early childhood development program serving parents throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The nonprofit National Center oversees more than 3,000 programs offering Parents as Teachers services nationwide as well as in several other countries. For more information about Parents as Teachers, visit http://www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.

Note: Photo of Carol Brunson Day available via flickr.

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