District 48B Rep. Jenifer Loon received a Minnesota Early Education Leadership Award from Parent Aware for School Readiness on Dec. 11.

Parent Aware is a business-led nonprofit dedicated to improving the school readiness of Minnesota children, especially those most at risk, according to a news release.

"Rep. Loon was recognized as a 'Champion of the Year' for her persistent and tireless work on behalf of Minnesota children, particularly those of low-income who are most likely to fall into the achievement gap. Parent Aware noted that Rep. Loon was 'particularly instrumental in dramatically expanding the Early Learning Scholarships to help low-income children access high quality early education programs,'" the release said.