NOV/DEC 2013

In this Issue: VAEYC programs and services, member stories and highlights, ways you can get involved, and more!

VAEYC Programs & Services
Did you know we offer more than the Annual Fall Conference?

Advanced Trainings
offered regionally through March 31, 2014
Shared Services Information Sessions:
through January, 2014
2014 Annual Spring Speaker Event:
DEC's New Possibilities, May 1st & 2nd
VAEYC Members enjoy a discounted registration rate of $250! 
Contact to get your code!

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT:
Higher Education Scholarships
VT Shared Services Web Portal
Vermont and National Advocacy:
on issues of importance to VAEYC members

VAEYC helps me connect with others:
-Kelly Hayes, M.S. 
Registered child care provider, VAEYC Member

   As an early childhood professional I have been attending VAEYC conferences for the past six years.   I always enjoy the workshops and seminars at the conference but the highlight for me is connecting with others who do the work I do.  Three years ago I met a fellow home care provider from Jamaica, VT at the conference in Killington and we connected immediately.  We kept in touch periodically throughout the year and got excited to re-unite as the next VAEYC conference approached.   
   This year we met at the 2013 Conference in Killington, again.  I attended the conference with friends that I have made through my local Starting Points network and I was able to introduce my Jamaica colleague to them.  We all stayed overnight, making a real retreat out of it.  We had a great time together, participating in both the professional development offerings as well as doing fun things like attending the karaoke Mix and Mingle for the membership offered Friday night.      
   Over the course of the three days, we all grew closer and were able to share ideas as well as challenges from our work life.  Before the end of the conference we were making plans for next year's conference in Burlington!

2013 Pay It Forward Awards
presented at the Fall Conference

   Linda Wellings was the recipient of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) Visionary Award at a recent meeting of VAEYC. The award is for an Early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who bring creativity and innovation to early care and education in Vermont. 
   Laura Murphy of Goddard College, last year’s recipient who nominated Linda, presented the award.  She said, “I chose to nominate Linda Wellings for the VAEYC Visionary award this year after getting a chance to experience first hand her work with sustainability and young children. I was first introduced to Linda and her work through one of her sustainability workshops, and was impressed by how innovative her work was. 
   “Now more than ever, the idea of sustainability is on everyone’s mind, but never before have I seen someone apply it so appropriately and encompassingly to working with young children. The connection Linda is able to foster between children, the earth and their communities is amazing.
   “Doubly impressive is her ability and drive to help others learn to forge those connections in their own classroom. She embodies the spirit of joyful teaching and I feel so lucky to be a member of her community.” 

*Reprinted, with permission, from: Shelburne Farms InFARMation Newsletter, Volume 22, Number 26, November 7, 2013
Voting Summary

New vision and mission statements for VAEYC.  Our organization is aligning itself with other Vermont agencies to have a common vision statement that includes language around realizing the “promise of every Vermont child.”  The members voted and approved the following statements:
New Vision statement:
The vision of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) is to realize the promise of every Vermont child. 
New Mission: 
The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) will enhance the quality of early childhood programs and professional practices, and advocate for young children (birth through 8 years) and their families to realize the promise of every Vermont child.

Election of Governing Board Executive Slate of Officers.  The members voted and approved the following slate:
Sharon Adams, President Elect
Andrea Racek, President
Robin Ploof, Past President
Theresa Robinson, Secretary
Jack Russell, Treasurer
Click Here: for a full summary of the Annual Meeting

MenTEACH: Vermont Conference Gathering a Success  

Thanks for the great opportunity to spread the word at the VAEYC conference that men teach (and do it well) and that MenTeach exists for support and education. VAEYC is certainly a champion for men in education. We had six people at our interest forum meeting and all stayed for a full hour of discussion. Ten people joined us for lunch and there were just shy of 20 in our workshop offering. Then, what, 350 people walked by our display. We certainly accomplished our goal of maintaining visibility so that people, men or women, can find us if they need us.

ABOUT MenTEACH: a clearinghouse with a mission to increase the percentage of men teaching.
JOIN the List-serve or DONATE to MenTeach today - support our mission to increase the number of men teachers.
VOLUNTEER for MenTeach - help make a difference by volunteering with MenTeach. We could use help moderating forums, posting articles that you find, updating the bibliography, hosting a group in your region, do some research about the percentages in your state, get involved and make some new friends. Drop us a line to let us know what you'd like to do.

Opportunities to Provide Input on Development of Statewide Early Childhood Action Plan
At the Oct Governor's Summit The VT Early Childhood Framework was unveiled and many ideas for the accompanying action plan were generated by summit attendees.  Now is YOUR chance to provide input by participating in any of the following meetings.
more background -left side of the webpage
ALL are ENCOURAGED to ATTEND and offer your input:
Dec 11, 11AM-1PM

First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street
RSVP: Robin:
(802) 447-2887
Dec 16, 4-6PM

Brattleboro Retreat
RSVP: Deb:
(617) 792-3173
St. Johnsbury & NE Kingdom
Dec 17, 5:30-8PM

Lyndon State College
RSVP: Dawn:
 (802) 673-6478
Rutland & Addison
Jan 9, 5-7PM

location TBD
RSVP: Jan:
(802) 775-9711
or Donna:
(802) 388-3171
Chittenden & F/GI
Jan 15, 1-3PM

Milton Library
RSVP: Julianne:
(802) 652-5138
or Loli: 
(802) 370-0838

Central VT & Lamoille
Jan 16, 2-4PM

location TBD
RSVP: Becky:
(802) 262-3292 x113
(802) 888-0539

Hartford: Late Jan 
RVSP: Kelly:
802-649-3268 Ext. 117 
Springfield, Late Jan
RVSP: Stacey:
(802) 886-5242 Ext. 223
Conference Calls:
Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 7:00-8:30 PM
Friday, Jan. 24th, 9:00-10:30 AM
Friday, Jan. 24th, 1:30-3:00 PM
Note: The conference call number will be announced closer to call dates.
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