published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

November/December 2009

Clay Play
Rogers, L. and Steffan, D. 2009. Young Children 64 (4): 78-81.
Reprinted with permission from the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

On the day we introduce clay, we set out several small bowls of water. Then we bring out the large block of clay. Interested, the children (ages 2–5) are drawn to the table. Soon there is clump banging, hammering, and rolling, and back-and-forth banter and giggles–even a made-up song. We teachers listen more closely...

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VAEYC Fall Conference Scholarship
Sandra Graves | VAEYC Board Member

A good friend of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children and an advocate for children in Vermont, Kathy "Chuck" Bayles, died unexpectedly August 21, 2009.

Many of you knew Chuck Bayles through Learning Partners, her business with Deb Curtis, and through her role in STARS. Last year at the VAEYC Annual Fall Conference many of you attended workshops taught by Chuck and Deb. Chuck definitely touched many of our lives.

It is my pleasure to announce that the VAEYC Governing Board voted to honor Chuck’s memory by naming our scholarship fund the Chuck Bayles VAEYC Conference Scholarship Fund from this time forward.

This year’s scholarship fund provided $1,100 of funding to support 23 conference attendees. The funding came from last year’s Conference Raffle and from the generosity of Conference Presenters who donated their stipends to the scholarship fund. If you would like to make a donation to the Chuck Bayles VAEYC Conference Scholarship Fund to support attendees in 2010, please watch for a new link coming soon at



New and Renewing VAEYC Members
since September 2009

Danielle Adamowich, Susan Ashley, Judy Bartlett, Debbie Bashaw, Holly Beckert, Melissa Berry, Ken Mark Brautigam,
Meghan Elyse Breen, Laura Brown, Susan Burbank,
Jessica Ruth Burlett, Kathryn Helen Burnham, Gretchen C. Cannady, Darlene Rachel Carey, Sandra Cathey, Pamela Chani, Brittney Scott Charron, Eleanor L. Cheeseman, Melanie Cheroff, Andrea Ciaraldi, Jennifer Coccetti, Maureen C. Coffrin, Beverley Ann Corrow, Sarah Crapo, Wendy Cluff Cristofolini, Ashleigh Cushing, Kimberly Cyr, Pauline Dean, Sheila Doherty, Irvin Eisenberg, Darcy Elizabeth Emerson, Julie Farr, Tracy Farr, Kathi Faulkner, Dan Fay, Josi Fogg, Bridget Fuller, Shannon Gallagher, Charlotte Bick Gilruth, Kristen Grenier, Jennifer Guenther, Liza Haines, Lindsay Hard, Sally J Haynes, Jessica Hemingway, MaryAnn Hight, Robin L. Holland, Connie Isacksen, Lola Iskanearova, Kathleen Jamieson, Nancy Jarnis, Kathy Jones, Jessica Marie Knoop, Christine Sue Langley, Chloe Learey, Elizabeth Ann Levante, Marissa Luczkow, Kerry Eileen Malloy, Debbie Mandigo, Anne Michelle Maule, Kaylynn McGuire, Jessie Mcmillion, Robin Ann Merriam, Darcy Millette, Tricia Ann Minard, Elaine C. Munro, Amy J Murray, Lisa Lynn Murray, Victoria Nachimson, Erika Norris, Danielle Paquette, Donna Petterssen, Dawn Phelps, Blanche Podhajski, Star A Porter, Jennifer Pratt, Vicki Prime, Olga Pschorr, Lisa Racicot-Schmidt, Alorah Natasia Richardson, Stephanie B Ricker, Katelyn Rinaldi, Hailey Rosamilia, Dianna Scott Ingison, Kim Sherman, Doris Sleeman, Christina Smith, Judy Smith, Mallory Smith, Sheri Smith, Tia Smith, Haley Allison Spencer, Tara Lynn Stanton, Beth Stern, Emily Anna Stewart, Katherine Stone, Stacy Sturtevant, Danielle Sweatt, Andrew Sy, Lisa Tabor, Frieda Teague, Amy Tewksbury, Kristy Vasseur, Natalie Volpini, Katherine M. von Behren-Herman, Nicole Walker, Katrina Purinton Whitcomb, Calvin Ann White, Nicole White, Hailey Wilkinson, Amber Marie Willey, Amy Wise, and Elizabeth Ziegler.


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In this issue:

President's Corner
2009 VAEYC Distinguished Service Award

From the Executive Director
Getting to Know VT Early Childhood Professionals

Meet your VAEYC Board Members
Welcome to Theresa Robinson


Upcoming events

March 17, 2010
Early Childhood Day at the Legislature :: Montpelier, VT

April 12–16, 2010
Week of the Young Child :: Vermont (statewide)

May 12, 2010
VAEYC Spring Speaker (Diane Levin)
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.


VAEYC Fall Conference Wrap-Up
Jim Woodard | Conference, Publications, and Website Coordinator

Thanks to all of you who joined us in Killington for a terrific two and a half days of professional development at the annual VAEYC Fall conference. Here's a few final reminders, loose ends, and statistics for you:



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Look for the next edition of eConnections in February 2010!