published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

December 2010

Spring Speaker – Diane Levin, Ph.D.

Diane Levin comes to VT on
Wednesday May 18th, 2011 for
Early Childhood Day at Champlain College:
VAEYC's Spring Speaker

Diane will be speaking about her book, So Sexy So Soon. Diane's book has received high praise and excellent reviews.

Diane E. Levin is Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts where she has been training early childhood professionals for over twenty-five years. She teaches courses on play, violence prevention, action research and a summer institute on media literacy. Levin has a B.S. in Child Development from Cornell University, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Wheelock College, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and Child Development from Tufts University. [learn more about Diane]


Daily Transitions and Participatory Songs
Nina Araújo | Consultant and VAEYC Conference Presenter 2007–2010

Nina Araújo has worked for over 20 years in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, researcher, administrator, and lecturer. Nina works as a consultant and teaches undergraduate students at Northeastern University in Boston. She has presented at NCCC, NAEYC, MassAEYC, and as a perennial favorite at the VAEYC conference since 2007.

In a classroom, a transition is the time between two activities or routines during the day; for example, the time between free choice and circle time or between snack and outdoor play. On average, in a full-day, group-care program, children and adults experience between sixteen and twenty transitions daily. At five to ten minutes per transition, up to three hours are spent in this manner each day. Transitions represent change—change in activity, energy level, space, and/or focus. Change is difficult for all of us, but especially for young children. Transitions also offer great learning opportunities. Children can learn about prediction, difference, problem solving, inclusion, and how to smoothly and playfully shift focus...[read more]


Documentation of Professional Development ("DPD") Forms
at this Year's Conference
James Woodard | Conference and Publicaations Coordinator

After a bumpy start to the online DPD process this year (we had some unexpected database difficulties) things settled down and conference attendees were able to access their DPD forms through the VAEYC website. Did you get your DPD forms? I'll leave the link up for another month or so before pulling it down – but if you haven't yet gotten your DPD forms for the 2010 Conference, please take a moment right now to download and/or print them.

Questions? As always, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help.

Also in this issue:

President's Corner
Thoughts from VAEYC's New President

Post-Conference Photos
A few photo highlights from this year's event
at the UVM Davis Center

VAEYC 2010 Annual Report Summary


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