Spirit of the Child Award


The Association for Supportive Child Care's Spirit of the Child Award signifies a celebration and tribute to an outstanding individual who has made and is making a significant contribution to the lives of young children through excellence, humility and the pursuit of challenges.

The Spirit of the Child Award Honoree for 2017 is Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President for Early Grade Success Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation. 

Dr. Karen Ortiz has over 30 years of academic and professional experience in early childhood education. Karen’s work at Helios revolves around building and strengthening early childhood systems to promote language acquisition and emergent literacy for children birth through age eight. In this role, Dr. Ortiz works in conjunction with the Foundation's community investment team to identify partnership opportunities and implement the Foundation's strategic early childhood education investment goals in Arizona and Florida.  Dr. Ortiz has helped lead statewide and national initiatives impacting children, aged birth to eight years, and their families.

The Association for Supportive Child Care is thrilled to honor Dr. Ortiz for her amazing passion and work to shape the communities, who shape the children, who shape our futures.

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Event: Spirit of the Child Award
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September 21, 2017 • 8:00 am

Arizona Biltmore Resort • 2400 E. Missouri Ave. • Phoenix, Arizona

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