published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

Summer 2010

Intentional Language – Understanding the Words We Use with Children ©
Scott Noyes, Empowering Programs

Remember what your parents, teachers, coaches, babysitters and careproviders said to you? "Don't be a baby." "I'll give you something to cry about." "Why don't you act nice like your sister?" Those words and the feelings surrounding those words have lived with us for years. The phrases we use with children today will have the same impact years from now with the children in our care...[read more]


Distinguished Service Reflections
Kathi J. Apgar | Senior Licencing Specialist, Child Development Division

There are no words to express how deeply touched I was to receive VAEYC’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award. When I reflect on other individuals who have received this accolade, I am even more humbled to be in their company. It is very encouraging to watch the evolution of this organization as its ranks have swelled with high numbers of early childhood professionals and stalwart advocates: each and every one unwavering in their fight for the safety, well-being and enrichment of children...[read more]


We are seeking nominations for the 2010 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Melissa Riegel-Garrett | Executive Director, VAEYC

Each year the Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in Vermont who has shown dedication and outstanding service to young children and families over a long period of time. He or she is dedicated to building excellence for children, and has had a sustained impact on the lives of children and families over at least 10 years of service in Vermont. The award is presented at the Fall conference in October. To nominate someone for this award, download and complete the application here.


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Melissa Riegel-Garrett | Executive Director, VAEYC

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New and Renewing VAEYC Members
since April 2010

Molly Boardman Abbey, Karen Abbott, Sara Best, Jean Bressor, Tammy Colquhoun, Annemarie Murray, Deb Witkus, Maureen Young-McCarthy.

Welcome! Or, welcome back!

Also in this issue:

President's Corner
Spring Speakers recap

Meet your VAEYC Board Members
Sandra Graves


"Going Green and Saving Green" was written by VAEYC President Laurel Bongiorno, and published in the May 2010 edition of Young Children
(Volume 65, No. 3, pages 68-69)
published by NAEYC.

Used here with per
mission, as NAEYC
holds the copyright for the text



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Upcoming events


October 21–23, 2010
VAEYC Annual Fall Conference
UVM, Burlington, VT
Photos from last year's conference

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

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