Bluegrass Families First

The Jean Sabharwal Award was inaugurated in February of 2014 during an event held to honor the founding partners of the Family Care Center. The award was presented to Jean Sabharwal, founding director of the Family Care Center. Ms. Sabharwal is a remarkable pioneer whose many years of dedication and advocacy have resulted in brighter futures and better lives for families and young children.


The award was established by Bluegrass Families First to annually recognize an individual or group who has demonstrated passionate advocacy for Lexington’s children and families.


2018 Award Recipient:

Alice began her professional service in education as a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Fayette Cooperating Preschool. She began the kindergarten program at the co-op in the 1975-76 school year. She taught for 12 years. After spending time at home with her preschool daughters, Alice worked as a volunteer serving extensively with PTA and on school based decision making councils (SBDM). From 2001 to 2003, she was president of the District PTA for Fayette County. Her work has also included being a founding member of the One Community One Voice – Closing the Achievement Gap Committee, service on the Fayette County School Board’s Equity Council, and served as the community leader of the Early Childhood group for the school system’s 2020 Vision initiative. As FCPS Liaison some of her projects included the formation of the Community Partners Leadership Team, initiating the Golden Apple Awards, and managing the Academic Challenge.


Alice moved to the Early Childhood Department in 2015, continuing her work with families and community partners with a focus on Birth to 5. Currently Alice coordinates the First 5 Lex Read Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten initiative, manages Born Learning Academies across the district, Chairs the Fayette County Community Early Childhood Council, and organizes the Countdown to Kindergarten program and the FCPS Early Childhood Summit.

Alice has received the National PTA Life Achievement Award, has been recognized by the Fayette County Board of Education, the County’s School Administrators Association, and the United Way of the Bluegrass for her service to education.

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