published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

March/April 2010

Spring Speakers Event: Early Childhood Day at Champlain College
Laurel Bongirono | Board President, VAEYC

VAEYC’s Spring Speaker Event has been changed! Please mark this change on your calendar. We originally scheduled Diane Levin, author of So Sexy So Soon, for May 2010, but at our request, she will be joining us in May 2011, instead. Here’s what’s happening this year...[read more]

TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS will be awarded through a raffle. To enter the raffle, take our membership survey and then register to win!


2010 Fall Conference RFP
Jim Woodard | Conference and Publications Coordinator, VAEYC

The 2010 Fall Conference is out! If you're interested in applying to be a presenter at this year's conference, check out the guidelines and the application here.


Rewarding Experiences at
Early Childhood Day at the Legislature
Kelly Ault | Community Organizer, Kids Are Priority One Coalition

On Wednesday, March 17th, record breaking numbers of parents, early childhood educators, employers and legislators filled the Capitol Plaza Hotel as part of this year's Early Childhood Day at the Legislature.








Check out the video produced for Kids Are Priority One!
Click on the state house image above to view the video.

The 16th annual event – co-hosted by the Kids Are Priority One Coalition and Building Bright Futures – was a catalyst for learning and sharing experiences on early childhood policy priorities, especially the value of Building Bright Futures, Vermont's early childhood system...[read more]



New and Renewing VAEYC Members
since February 2010

Sandra Kuc, Alexandra Natowich, Kim Potter, Emily Von Trapp, Kristi Ameden, Kathi Apgar, Alison Klemer, Tammy Cunnington, Lucy Dobler, Angela Locke-McAllister, Nancy Noel, Stephanie Simpson, and Andrew Tripp.

Welcome! Or, welcome back!


Nine Centers Achieve NAEYC Accreditation in 2009!
Sonja Raymond | Board Member and Accreditation Liaison, VAEYC

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the following centers for achieving NAEYC Accreditation in 2009!

Central Vermont Head Start – Connecticut Valley
Charlotte Children’s Center – Charlotte
Children’s Preschool and Enrichment Center – Essex
College Street Children’s Center – Middlebury
Creative Minds – Newport
North Woods Head Start – White River
Otter Creek Children’s Center – Middlebury
Stepping Stones Children’s Center – Burlington
Y’s Times at the Congressional Church – Burlington

Accreditation is achievable! The Vermont Accreditation Project has tools, mentors and other and resources to help your center. Resources are available on the website under "accreditation."


One Director's Perspective
on NAEYC Accreditation

Robin Ploof | Director, Stepping Stones Children's Center

Our program went through the NAEYC Accreditation process under the new standards and I did not go mad! Well, maybe I went a little mad. So before you read these wise words advising you on why you should go through the NAEYC Accreditation process (inspired by two years of this author carefully and diligently banging her head on a desk, wearing out one computer, one printer, and using our entire emergency fund in staff hours for substitutes to get through the process) you are requested to read and digest the following...[read more]


Upcoming events

May 22, 2010
VAEYC Spring Speakers
Early Childhood Day at Champlain College

Burlington, VT

June 6-9, 2010
NAEYC Professional Development Institute :: Phoenix, AZ

October 21–23, 2010
VAEYC Annual Fall Conference :: UVM, Burlington, VT

November 3-6, 2010
NAEYC Annual Conference :: Anaheim, CA

Remember, as a VAEYC member, you receive access to local and national level conferences at a discounted rate.



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