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Spring Newsletter: March, 2018
Register now for Spring Professional Development Institute!
 Friday, April 20th


Grand Articulation Summit  (GAS)

This year the Grand Articulation Summit will build on our 2017 work toward an aligned Professional Development System. Our focus this year is on the role of community colleges, universities and other providers of professional development to achieve the stages goal of a diverse and highly educated early childhood workforce. Course coordination across programs will be a focus of afternoon discussions so bring your syllabuses and schedules.  There will be a breakout in the afternoon for the Oregon Campus Children’s Centers Consortium. 

Infant  and Toddler  Symposium 

The Infant and Toddler Symposium offers sessions that are focused on children ages 0-3. Attendees learn strategies and methods to support young children to help them learn, grow and meet their full potential.

 Saturday, April 21st


Professional  Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute offers sessions that can be used by caregivers, teachers, trainers, parents and others who touch the lives of children. This event brings together individuals from all types of early childhood programs and organizations who have an interest and concern for the development of young children and the field of Early Childhood Education and Care.


Keynote  with CEL  and  OCCD

We are pleased to present a keynote with speakers from Oregon’s Quality Improvement and Professional Development sectors. Come to this engaging and active session to learn about the new Core Knowledge Categories for the Early Learning Profession and Spark. Panelists include Robyn Lopez Melton from Center on Early Learning at Western Oregon University and Pam Deardorff from Oregon Center for Career Development at Portland State University.

Governing Council Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present for your consideration the following candidates for the 2018 Election. We contacted potential candidates from throughout the state and are pleased to present a single slate of candidates. These candidates are excited for the opportunity to participate on the Governing Council for OregonAEYC and will bring experienced voices to our leadership table.

Please review the information provided on the candidates and complete the online ballot posted below no later than April 16th. Election results will be announced at our Annual Meeting at the Spring Professional Development Institute on Saturday, April 21st and posted to our website on Monday, April 23rd. 

Rachel Elliott, Nominations Committee Chair

Candidate for Vice President: Hadiyah  Miller
If elected, I will emphasize our commitment to expanding and diversifying our membership, revitalizing our chapters, and focusing our professional development efforts on effective teacher training, especially for infant and toddler practitioners. I look forward to learning from you about what else I can do to leverage my experience and my leadership skills to best serve ORAEYC members.
Candidate for Treasurer: Adriana Delgado
Adriana is running for her second term as ORAEYC Treasurer.

As treasurer, I would like to continue to support and guide OregonAEYC’s financial future to best serve all members.
Candidates for Co Secretary: Kacie Fleming & Stephen Karmol

Vote for two
Kacie is running for her second term as ORAEYC Co-Secretary

Being a part of ORAEYC has taught me what it means to be a professional in our field. It has been an honor and pleasure to work on behalf of the Early Childhood Education profession. If elected, I will continue to serve to the best of my ability.
Stephen is currently the Executive Director of Wild Lilac Child Development Community. He has held this position for two years. Beforehand, he served as Wild Lilac's Education Director for three years. As a Community Trainer, Stephen holds several hours of leading professional development for his staff and at conferences.  Stephen is excited to have the opportunity to join our Governing Council and bring his extensive experience to our board for the benefit of our membership and early childhood community. 

Honoring Merrily and 35+ Years of Dedication

Merrily Haas has been the face and voice of OregonAEYC for over 35 dedicated years. She began her career with OregonAEYC as a part time employee housing AEYC materials in her home garage. She was hired as the organization’s first Executive Director in 1997.  Spanning the entire state, she has touched the lives of more people, organizations and early childhood advocates than one could ever imagine. Her outstanding leadership and dedication to the early learning and care community is unparalleled.  Her keen vision and impeccable integrity has positioned OregonAEYC into being a strong stakeholder in Oregon’s campaign for the welfare of children, families, early childhood practitioners, and others who influence the lives of children.
Please join us in honoring Merrily for her years of work and dedication!
Oregon Electric Station
27 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

Friday, April 20th at 5pm

$12 per person for appetizers and no host bar. We have limited tickets for this event. For those unable to attend this event, we are planning another event to coincide with our Fall Conference in the Portland Metropolitan area.

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year's event is April 16–20, 2018! We're so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! 

Music Monday! Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active!

Tasty Tuesday! Healthy eating and fitness at home and at school
This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. 

Work Together Wednesday! Work together, build together, learn together
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. 

Artsy Thursday! Think, problem solve, create
Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and crearte with their hands. 

Family Friday! Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members' role as young children's first and most important teachers. 

Start planning your celebration today and share your activities and events with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #woyc18 and #ORAEYC.  Everyone who shares their celebrations with us and tags ORAEYC in their social media posts will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a prize!
Good Reads: Children's Book List Edition
Multicultural Collection of Farm to ECE Books
Compiled by Ready Set Grow

The Food Trust’s multicultural collection of farm to ECE books highlights children’s books that feature characters from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, many of which are authored by writers of color. The list also includes a number of books that are either bilingual or written exclusively in Spanish. These books cover a wide variety of farm to ECE related topics including gardening, farms, cooking, family meals, farmers markets, shopping for food and more. 

Read the List!

Honoring International Women's Day 
Compiled by ORAEYC

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year as a day to recognize and celebrate the contribution and achievement of women. In honor of this day, the ORAEYC staff created a list of their favorite children's books that celebrate the accomplishments and strengths of women.

Read the List!
Family Fun!

Raindrop Sun Catchers

These Raindrop Suncatchers make a great rainy day activity that both parents and children will love! Use this idea to build fine motor skills and to create!

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Seed Germination Experiment

Seed germination, in a nut shell, is when a seed begins the growing process .  This science activity is a fantastic one to do with young kids because it is simple, a relatively quick process, and easy to actually see.

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Nature Soup

Create a concoction of nature soup with findings from your yard.  Use lemons, rose petals, rocks, leaves, water with assorted shades of food coloring, and whatever else you find to make an engaging sensory water play activity.

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