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2011 - Chiquita Nichols

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Recipient's Name: 
Chiquita Nichols
Award Recieved: 
Ahren's Advocate of the Year Award

This year’s National Program for Playground Safety Advocate of the Year is Chiquita Nichols. She works with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) in the Division of Child Care Licensure as a Branch Director. She supervises 8 licensing officials who inspect child care facilities including playgrounds. She also inspects facilities and playgrounds. She is a Certified National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) Early Childhood Outdoor Play Inspector. In addition she has been responsible for the 7 licensing officials are all certified by NPPS and 27 of the 30 MSDH Child Care Licensure staff members have been certified by NPPS. Further, she has been responsible for encouraging many individuals in Mississippi to take NPPS’ Playground Supervision for Childcare Providers Course. Chiquita has helped make the play areas much safer for children in Mississippi. As a result of all of her work, there should be fewer injuries in Mississippi, too. Congratulations for the great work Chiquita has done.