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Marcia Lovell Awards

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Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network is excited to announce that nominations for the 2021 Marcia Lovell Awards are now open. Winners will be recognized at Maine’s Early Care and Education Conference’s evening Recognition Event on Friday, October 22. 2021. This year, winners will receive an award of $2,000 as part of MRTQ PDN’s Quality Improvement Award Initiative to acknowledge their contributions to the field in providing quality, inclusive programming for Maine children.

The Marcia Lovell Awards will be awarded to up to eight individual practitioners, representing the eight Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Districts: York (District 1), Cumberland (District 2), Oxford, Franklin, and Androscoggin (District 3), Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo (District 4), Kennebec and Somerset (District 5), Penobscot and Piscataquis (District 6), Washington and Hancock (District 7), and Aroostook (District 8).

MRTQ PDN created the Marcia Lovell Award for Innovation in Early Care and Education to
recognize outstanding early childhood professionals who make significant
contributions to the children, families, and communities in which they work and
embody the ideals for which Marcia advocated:

  • Better lives for children
  • High-quality early education experiences
  • Support for all children, including those most at risk and with disabilities
  • A belief that the arts are an integral part of early education programs

Marcia Lovell worked at Maine DHHS, Office of Child Care and Head Start, where she was a program specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She cared deeply about young children and their families and worked diligently to support healthy, responsive systems. Marcia embraced the philosophy of inclusive, quality early education for all children, including those with disabilities, those most at risk for being excluded from child care, and those unable to participate in community settings. She also loved ballet and the arts and believed that involvement with the arts was essential to becoming a whole person. She helped to establish Maine Roads to Quality in 1999.

Please take a moment to answer the following questions in order to nominate a practitioner for the 2021 Marcia Lovell Awards.

Nomination criteria and nomination form

Nominations will close on Friday, September 10th.

Questions regarding the Marcia Lovell Award nomination process can be directed to Jenn Wiles at


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.