Early Childhood Heroes

We are really excited to announce the new Early Childhood Heroes campaign to celebrate those in our community who are serving essential workers and caring for our children during these challenging times.

It is an opportunity to nominate anyone in your community who has contributed positively to your community and give them the spotlight and some recognition! Know someone who has been supportive through navigating the challenges of COVID-19? Or, someone who has gone above and beyond for children and families? Nominate them using the form below and we’ll feature them on social media to celebrate them with our ECE community!

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Carmen Choi

Carmen is the Marketing Coordinator and Preschool Podcast Manager on the HiMama team. She's been working with childcare business owners and consultants for 3 years. She is passionate making connections that empower the ECE Community through knowledge-sharing to support better outcomes for children, their families, and society!


  • Kim is our director at Summit County Preschool.Kim has been an instrumental and inspiring leader during the CoVID pandemic. Her positive attitude and can do spirit has been remarkable. Her leadership skills was inspiring to our staff and other directors at other preschools in Summit County. While our school was shut down she reached out to the state of Colorado,public health, and our local county health departments. With the latest guidelines and ever changing information,she developed and coordinated our reopening plans allowing us to reopen feeling safe and confident. Many of her plans were subsequently adopted by other child care facilities in the county.
    Before reopening she addressed our mental health in several ways. A trained mental health professional visited with our staff with realistic and useful trainings. She pampered the staff with a wellness goody bag and mindful journal to help us to cope with stress and uncertainty. She has addressed countless staff,family,and children’s concerns with thoughtful well researched information to ease worries. Her can do spirit has lifted the staff as she reminded us…”WE can do this!”
    Kim has a way of reaching out to our community for assistance with grant writing and as a ECE leader. She enabled all of the staff to be paid while being closed. We did not have to worry about how we were to pay our bills. She has written countless grants for literacy items, capital expenditures, upgraded laundry machines and many other items. She has stayed cutting edge with a grant to upgrade our playground for more nature based play! She has time to teach a college course as well as a high school class to help train upcoming ECE professionals.
    Our staff is fortunate to have such a devoted leader,especially in these uncertain times.We can rest assured that Kim has our back. We are fortunate to have Kim as our director here at SCP!

    • Kiah Price says:

      Wow, what an inspiring individual- way to go, Kim!
      Mental health is so, so important and that’s so amazing to hear that she’s taken the initiative to focus on this for her staff members.
      Kim seems like such an amazing leader in this space!

  • Nosipho Patience Solontsi says:

    It is so nice to nominate people who do positive things

    • Kiah Price says:

      Yes! We agree! We love hearing all of the positive things going on in the early childhood sector from amazing individuals ­čÖé