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Monday, March 1, 2010

INA Launches Service Award Pin Program - Apply for yours Today!

In celebration of INA's 25th anniversary, it is with great pleasure that the association is launching the INA Service Award Pin program.

Individuals who have been employed as a nanny, nanny educator or business owner (referral agency or industry service provider) for 5 or more years and are currently an INA member in good standing may apply for the INA Service Award Pin.

The INA Service Award Pin will be presented to nanny educators, referral agency owners (or their staff), and business owners (or their staff) who serve the in-home child care industry.

The Harriette Grant Service Award Pin will be presented to nannies and specialty nannies. This award pin, named in honor of Harriette Grant, reflects Harriette's dedication to the nanny profession. Ms. Grant was a founding member of INA, a founding member of the Association of DC Area Nannies (ADCAN) and was selected as INA's very first Nanny of the Year in 1990. Ms. Grant later went on to be a co-founder of the National Association of Nannies (NAN).

The Service Award Pin program originated within the National Association of Nannies. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of past NAN members, the Service Award Pin concept will continue on within INA and will share the same goal of recognizing those within the in-home child care industry for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

All Service Award Pin recipients must be present at the 25th INA Annual Conference to receive their award. INA Service Award Pins will be presented on Friday, May 21, 2010 during the INA Service Award Pin Breakfast sponsored by PFC Information Services, Inc.

To apply for an INA Service Award Pin click here for the 2010 application.

Deadline: March 31, 2010
All applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than March 31, 2010.

Web address of 2010 application PDF file

Visit on March 1, 2010 to register for

INA's 25th Annual Conference and for detailed conference information.


Sue March 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

This is a great idea and I am glad INA is doing it. I wonder why it is that you must attend the conference to be eligible? I know there are many nannies who can't make the conference for a variety of reasons but who would love to participate in this. Just asking the question.

Just g March 2, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

Hi Sue
I would be happy to answer that question. The Service Award Pin program originated in NAN.
These are not mail order pins. Anyone can document their work history and send it in and ask for a pin but for the pin to have authenticity you must be able to receive it in person. Going to the mailbox and opening a box with a Service Award pin inside does not have the same reverence or meaning that it does when you stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues and celebrate it together.
There is a conference every year, in a different part of the country, at some point in their career a nanny should be able to attend a professional conference.
For the nannies who received Service Award pins in NAN, I am sure that they would be able to tell you how much more it meant to be able to do it with other professionals standing there with them and sharing this achievement.

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