published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

February 2011

VAEYC Spring Speaker Series:
We Welcome
Diane Levin to Vermont

Diane Levin on the Today Show
Click here to view a YouTube video of
Diane Levin on the Today Show

Remember to put Diane Levin's visit to Vermont on your calendar! Early Childhood Day at Champlain College/VAEYC Spring Speaker is Wednesday, May 18th with an afternoon workshop for early educators and an evening presentation for early educators and parents.  To hear more about So Sexy So Soon, click on the linke above to see Diane on the Today Show!

Additional information and a link to online registration will be in the March issue of eConnections.


NAEYC "Children's Champions"

As a VAEYC/NAEYC member, you have a voice at the national level through NAEYC's public policy work. NAEYC sends periodic email updates and action alerts on important child and family issues being considered by Congress and the Administration. Stay informed: Join the NAEYC Children's Champions mailing list.



Hello and Thank You to the 148
New and Renewing VAEYC Members
since summer 2010

Karen Abbott, Eliza Audet, Abigail Axtell, Jessa Baker, Kelly Sue Bartlett, Meredith Bartolo, Sharon Barton, Dawn Bates, Lynn Beaupre, Hannah Beck, Heather Benton, Amanda Berks, Rebecca Blacklock, Tina Boljevac, Noelle Bonneau, Elsa Bosma, Cassie Boyce, Brenda Brigham, Karen Brittain, Claire Brunell, Frances Busa, Katherine Busch, Laura Butler, Sharene Companaro, Amy Carlson, Makayla Carpenter, Daniella Chaloux, John Cipora, Stephanie, Clavelle, Colleen Cobb, Tiffany Corbett, Emily Coutu, Kate Cowles, Mia Crandell, Emily Creller, Cookie Cummings, Debbie Davidson, Jane Davis, Martha Ann DeGraaf, Meg Demingware, Meghan Doherty, Sara Downes, Christy Downey, Sara Driscoll, Rejeanne Edson, Erica Edwards, Nancy Elder, Rebecca Fassett, Jessica Fecteau, Jane Finlay, Tricia Flint, Kathleen Foltz, Cheryl, Fox-Odell, Erica Giannone, Roxanne Gignoux, Sofia Gonella, Babarajean Goska, Allyson Gover, Ashley Graham, Melinda Grover, Carrie Haselton, Ashley Haskell, April Hathaway, Denise Hatin, Ann Hausslein, Ashlee Hernandez, Sheri Hil, Abby Hill-Armell, Katie Howell, Hanah Hurlburt, Kathryn Kaplun, Lorraine Kayser, Kirsten Kouwenhoven, Asia Labejsza, Patricia LaFountain, Mary Langevin, Deanna Lawrence, Siobhan Liberman, Susan Linskey, Meghan Luby, Marissa Luczkow, Kristen Marian, Heather Mattison, Kimberly McCrae, Josey McDonald, John Meeks, Denise Mellia, Christel Michaud, Laura Millar, Debi Miller, Carie Ann Mitchell, Jennifer Monez, Danielle Morgan, Carolyn Munger, Elaine Monroe, Diane Olson, Barbara Papandrea, Mary Papineau, Melissa Parrow, Nedeen Pascucci, Catherine Peltz, Crystal Peno, Bonnie Phillips, Lisa Pike, Meri Christie Pixley, Arielle Powers, Carrie Priest, Debby Raboin, Karen Rangel, Amy Raymond, Robert Reade, Kayla Rich, Michelle Richling, Amanda Rock, Asenett Rosario, Bruce Rowe, Amy Smith, Haley Spencer, Dawn St Amour, Beth Stargar, Wendy Stein, Bonnie Strout, Kyla Suarez, Sarah Terhune, Amber Theriault, Jennifer Thurston, Jennifer Tosi, Thu Truong, Gretchen Tucker, Dara Van Laanen, Joanna Vandapool, Christine Vaughn, Andrea Viets, Emily Vigneault, Rachel Warden, Danielle Wellman, Kimberly White, Tiffany Wilbur, Debbie Wilder, Cassandra Wilkins, Nancy Witherill, and Kate Zarriello.


If you have topics that you would like to see addressed in eConnections, or if you have an article you would like to have considered for publication, please contact Laurel Bongiorno,
eConnections Board Liaison



Also in this issue:

President's Corner
Five Great Reasons to Belong

Meet your VAEYC Board Members
Courtney Porter, Public Policy Liaison


KAP1VAEYC is a part of the work being done to change and improve public policy in Vermont. We represent our membership through our position as one of the lead sponsoring organizations to the Kids Are Priority One Coalition. The Coalition has recently launched its Quality Campaign, which VAEYC has played an integral role in shaping. Take a look at the most recent Coalition e-update to learn more, or sign up for their e-newsletter on the Kids Are Priority One website.

Additionally, the Kids Are Priority One Coalition recently released its 2011 Policy Agenda. This document is the result of work by professionals, parents and advocates who are part of the Kids Are Priority One Coalition. The recommendations have been developed by issue-area work groups. Many volunteers reviewed the draft sections, as well as the document as a whole. Thanks to all who participated in any way! This is so important for the children of Vermont.

View/Download a PDF of the Policy Agenda.


Upcoming events

March 16
Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

This year's event is focused on improving the quality of early care and education in Vermont. Come and be inspired by the keynote address given by Harriet Dichter, currently National Director of the First Five Years Fund and previously Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. More information here or register now online.

View/Download a PDF of the ECDL flyer

March 16
VAEYC Board Meeting

April 1st
Vermont Kindergarten Conference

Click here for a PDF download with more info.

April 1–2
MASS AEYC Spring Conference

April 9–10
NH AEYC Spring Conference

April 10–16
Week of the Young Child

May 18
VAEYC Spring Speaker
– Diane Levin, Ph.D.
Champlain College | Burlington, VT

June 12–15
National Institute for
Early Childhood Professional Development

Providence, RI

NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for teacher educators, program administrators, and others who provide professional preparation and ongoing professional development experiences for the early childhood workforce. Each year, the Institute focuses on a theme that addresses a key issue in the field. The theme for the 2011 Institute is "Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching: Putting It All Together!" Registration opens Feb 28, 2011. Click here for more info.

June 17
VAEYC Board Retreat Day

Oct 20–21
VAEYC Fall Conference
Killington, VT

Nov 2–5
NAEYC Conference


Look for the next edition of eConnections in March

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