For the past 10 years, the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation has presented the annual Kohl Award recognizing general excellence in teaching.

Now Kohl has switched the focus of the award and teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation to launch the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award. The award is intended to increase public awareness of the importance of providing quality education from birth to age 8.

The competition is open to teachers from the six-county Chicago metro area who teach in public, private or parochial schools, preschools, day care centers, Head Starts or family child-care homes.

Five teachers will each receive $5,000 cash awards and an interactive educational program designed by the Kohl Children’s Museum.

The deadline to nominate a teacher is Dec. 1, 1995; nominees will have until Dec. 30 to submit complete applications. Awards will be announced in the spring of 1996.

Nominations can be made by calling (312) 335-KIDS, or by mailing in official forms available at the Kohl Children’s Museum and through area early childhood programs.

For more information, contact Lana Weiner, Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards, 165 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL, 60091. Phone (708) 256-3000.

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