The Lana Hostetler Award is given to one or more of Illinois AEYC's
affiliates to designed during our bi-annual conference (which will next
take place in 2008).
Lana Hostetler was a professor at Lincoln Land Community College.
She served as president of Illinois AEYC and of the National
Association for the Education of Young Children.
In the early l970’s Lana began advocating with and for those who
work with young children. She was Illinois AEYC’s first Legislative
Liaison - serving in that capacity until the early l990’s. Lana was
instrumental in collecting, sharing and interpreting information about
the issues and concerns that impact young children and their families,
and in using that information to influence policy making and construct
legislation in Illinois.
During her term as President in Illinois, a number of new local
affiliates were formed, giving the association a statewide base for
advocacy initiatives, a characteristic that makes our organization
unique. Ms. Hostetler initiated liaison efforts with many advisory and
policy boards as well as child-focused agencies and associations. She
played a role in defining public policy initiatives on the national
level for NAEYC, as well as in Illinois. Her many publications and
accomplishments are too numerous to mention.
For over twenty years Lana Hostetler was a passionate and tireless
voice advocating for the rights of children and families and for those
who work with them. She conveyed to many of us the urgency of assuming
the responsibility for advocating for children and families and
instructed and encouraged us in our efforts to carry out that
responsibility. The current level of Illinois AEYC involvement in
public policy activities is her legacy to our organization.
In 1986, in recognition of her work, Illinois AEYC created the Lana
Hostetler Award for Advocacy for Young Children. The Award, which was
last given in 2004 to Quad Cities AEYC, originally was given to an
Illinois resident who exhibited potential in child advocacy.
Lana’s life was cut short when she died in a tragic fire in her
home in 1999. At the time of her death, the Illinois AEYC Governing
Board made the decision to revise and reinstate the award in
commemoration of her work. The Lana Hostetler Award for Advocacy is
supported by Illinois AEYC members, affiliates, friends and Ms.
The purpose of the Lana Hostetler Grant is to continue the efforts
on behalf of the rights, needs and well-being of children, families in
Illinois and those who work with children and families, as exemplified
by the work of Lana Hostetler through one or more of the following
Grantees must be chapters or officially sanctioned committees or
work groups of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children
or its official chapters. Grants will be evaluated by the following
It is expected that the grantee will:
Like the woman who displayed tireless passion and concern for young
children and their families, your organization may submit a grant
proposal and request for monetary compensation for Advocacy. The Lana
Hostetler Grant can be made for an amount up to $1000 to be used for
educational and/or advocacy efforts in accordance with the
specifications of the grant.
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