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Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 10, 2007) - The Berkeley City Council will honor the 2007 Early Childhood Education Champion of the Year, Allyssa Lamb, and the 2007 Early Childhood Advocate of the Year, Linda Olivenbaum, at the City Council meeting on
May 8, 2007.   Allysa Lamb and Linda Olivenbaum will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to Berkeley’s children and families.

The Commission on Early Childhood Education contacted Early Childhood Education Centers and Childcare providers by phone and email to solicit nominations for these honors.  The commission selected the above recipients after reviewing five nominations.

Allyssa Lamb is a Teacher-Director at the Children's Community Center Co-Operative (CCC) in Berkeley.  In this role she has nurtured hundreds of preschool-age children in her many years as a Teacher-Director at CCC.  Her hard work and dedication has made better parents, educators and collaborators out of the many people who have had the opportunity to work with her.

Linda Olivenbaum is the Program Director of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program overseeing the multi-grant statewide program for Early Childhood teachers and directors located at ninety-four community colleges.  In addition, she teaches courses in Early Childhood Development at Chabot College and is a Commissioner for First Five, Alameda.  She has advocated for a living wage for Early Childhood Educators and served as a Commissioner for the City of Berkeley's Early Childhood Education Commission. Linda Olivenbaum was a Preschool Director for 10 years and a preschool teacher for 17 years.

For additional information, please contact Angellique De Coud, at (510) 981-5428.



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