Wood receives lifetime award from children’s association
The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children announced the awarding of the Betty Garlick Lifetime Achievement Award to Jackie Wood.
The award recognizes Betty Garlick, the first president of the association from 1974 to 1976, and honors her lifelong commitment to young children and their families.
Recipients of the award demonstrate devotion to working on the behalf of Michigan’s children and families, and have made exceptional contributions to the early childhood profession. For over 40 years, Wood has distinguished herself through her personal and professional contributions in the fields of early education and care, and family services.
Wood’s work, professionally and personally, has focused on children. Her career in early childhood education began in the early 1970s when she became the director of Married Students Activities Unit, the child-care center affiliated with MSU. She later joined the state of Michigan, Department of Social Services, where she worked with the Family Day Care and Group Day Care Home Project.
Wood became the assistant director of the Division of Child Care Center Licensing unit, where she spent many years supporting licensing staff in providing regulatory oversight and training to the child care center community. Wood’s last position was with the Michigan Department of Education, where she managed the Great Parents Great Start grant.
In addition to her career, she served on her local school board for over 21 years, volunteered and presented in elementary and high school classrooms, hosted exchange students, and volunteered at a local hospital in pediatrics.
The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is the leading organization in Michigan that addresses early childhood education. The association’s mission is to promote quality education and the well-being of young children through professional development and advocacy.
– Lansing State Journal