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Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council "Visionary Leadership Award", October 2008, for exceptional leadership and for "teaching us that we could build a world that honored and supported all children, all families" and for "commitment to our professionalism and respect for our work".

City of Santa Cruz "Julie Olsen Edwards Day", Proclaiming June 12, 2005 as "Julie Olsen Edwards Day" and encouraging all citizens to join in reflecting on the innate goodness of the children in our community and to consider what those children and the families who support them need to be successful in a peaceful and loving world and, with that vision clearly in view, be encouraged to join her students and colleagues who have been empowered by her example and are determined to "go out and change the world!" Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

The 2002 Children and Families Heroes Award for Achievements in Improving the Lives of Children and Families: Santa Cruz County First Five Commission, United States House of Representatives, California State Senate, California State Assembly

The 1999 Meritorious Service Award for Teaching Excellence: Cabrillo Community College, Aptos, California

1999 Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors Achievement Proclamation "for work with families, children, childcare and for leadership in establishing professional standards and salaries in early childhood education" Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

The 1998 Woman of the Year: Women in Education Award: California State Federation of Teachers CFT/AFT
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