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“Leading the Way,” is a series featuring the next generation of leaders in the field of early education and care.

Lynn Santiago-Calling

For Lynn Santiago-Calling, leadership means connecting people.

Santiago-Calling is the new executive director of MAAEYC, the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, and she is working to help the organization grow.

MAAEYC is an affiliate of NAEYC, the National Association for Education of Young Children. Affiliates share NAEYC’s “core value” of “creating opportunities to widen our reach to early educators.”

“Our goal,” Santiago-Calling says, “is to move the profession forward.”

How? The organization is developing a strategic, five-year plan, and Santiago-Calling is building relationships. She and MAAEYC’s board want to increase membership and attract younger early educators.

“I’ve been going out to chapter meetings to get to know people, but those are the people who are already involved and engaged. I also want to hear from folks who are members but not actively engaged and ask them why aren’t you actively engaged? What can we do to engage you? Is there something that we’re missing? I want to hear from our members — and from nonmembers as well.” (more…)

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Last week — and part of this week — people across the nation celebrated the Week of the Young Child (WOYC).

This annual celebration was launched by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971.

“The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs,” NAEYC says on its website.

Here’s a roundup of some WOYC events.

 

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Photo: Somerville Public Schools Twitter feed

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Front row: Amy O’Leary, President-elect, Megan Pamela Ruth Madison, Ex officio Student Member, Tamara Johnson, At-large Member, Dina Castro, At-large Member. Second row Carl Hairston, Treasurer, Stacia Tipton, At-large Member. Photo courtesy of Amy O’Leary.

 

“I am so excited to start my four-year term on the NAEYC Governing Board.  It is an honor to be part of this amazing, thoughtful, dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to the NAEYC mission statement: ‘NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.’”

Amy O’Leary, President-elect NAEYC Governing Board and Director of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign, August 11, 2017

Click here to learn more about NAEYC.

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Screenshot of the National Women’s Law Center website

 

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is rolling out a new campaign called “Child Care Now.”

The campaign is based on four crucial facts about high-quality child care:

• it helps parents get and keep jobs

• it gives children a good start in school and life

• many families can’t access or afford this care, and

• many child care providers aren’t earning enough to get by

“Child care is so underfunded that five out of six of the 14.2 million children eligible for federal child care assistance do not receive help,” Helen Blank, the director of Child Care and Early Learning at NWLC, testified last year before the Democratic Women’s Working Group, an organization of members of the U.S. House of Representatives. (more…)

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Photo: Courtesy of MassAEYC

Last month, the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MassAEYC) held its 13thAnnual Spring Conference for early educators and administrators in Westford, Mass. More than 300 people attended.

The very popular keynote speaker was Richard Cohen who is known online for his list “Top Ten Signs You’re an Early Childhood Educator.” The first two items are:

#10 You find yourself humming “The Wheels on the Bus” in the shower

#9 Every time you turn around, someone tells you that you have a piece of glitter on your face

An early educator for 30 years, Cohen is a professional speaker and a professor of Early Care and Learning at St. Louis Community College in Ferguson, Miss. A short version of his presentation is posted here. A longer version is here.

Tom Weber, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care also spoke at the conference.  (more…)

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This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts.

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My name is Kristen Allen, and I am a preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Bellingham. I have been in the field since 1985, when my work-study job at UMASS/Boston was in the campus child care center. At the time, I was studying geography, and I hoped to teach high school environmental science and spend my summers leading canoe trips. After that first exposure to toddlers, though, I was hooked!

I have worked in almost every aspect of the field — in classrooms; running my own licensed family child care program when my children were young; training women to operate their own licensed family child care businesses; managing a home-visiting program for young mothers; providing mentoring, coaching, and training to early childhood professionals at workshops and conferences nationwide; coordinating USDA child and adult care food programs; and working on early childhood policy issues. (more…)

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Amy O’Leary

We are extremely proud to announce that Amy O’Leary has been elected president of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

As readers of this blog know, Amy is the director of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign — and she served on NAEYC’s Board from 2011-2014.

Amy’s term as president begins on June 1, 2017, and she’ll serve in this volunteer position for four years.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been elected President-Elect of the NAEYC Governing Board,” Amy says. “This is an exciting time for young children, families, and early educators, and I am excited for this opportunity to serve. I believe in learning by doing, and, so far, I have taken the skills I needed to captivate 4-year-olds in circle time, and used them when I’ve met with legislators at the State House. I believe my perspective as an early educator combined with my current work as an advocate working on local, state, and national policy — as well as my passion for supporting the early education workforce — will all serve me well in my work on the NAEYC Governing Board.” 

Other candidates who were elected to the Board are:

Board Member at Large

Dina C. Castro, Professor and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, University of North Texas

Board Member at Large

Tamara Johnson, Executive Director, Malaika Early Learning Center, Milwaukee, WI

Student Board Member

Megan Pamela Ruth Madison, Currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families Policy, Brandeis University

The Board also has two newly appointed members:

Carl L. Hairston, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer City First Bank of DC, Washington, DC, who will serve as NAEYC Treasurer

Stacia Tipton, Marketing and Research Consultant, Washington, DC, who will serve as a Board member at Large

To read more about Amy, go to our staff website page, and stay tuned for future updates on President O’Leary.

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