Letter from the President

HIAEYC–letter spring 2016


March, 2016

Welcome Spring!

With the robins and the daffodills back, we experience the promise of Spring and the hope for our future!  I enjoy watching the children run and laugh on our playground and see through their eyes the wonder of nature.  As we are watching our perennial garden come back to life, we notice changes from the winter.  Some things are the same, but other things are changing!

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  We like to spread this out to encompass the entire month with everyone’s busy schedules.  Please share this calendar with your families in the hopes that all will pause to enjoy their children and each other.

Watch for changes at the national level as NAEYC is restructuring the Affiliate/Chapter model.  We have been sending your leadership to meetings at the state level as we learn about the changes that are coming!

Membership in a professional organization is a requirement for a both the ECE and IT Credentials level 2-5 and is part of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) used for ExceleRate Illinois Circles of Quality.  We are fortunate that you continue to choose the Heart of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children as your membership organization.

With the technological ability to send messages quickly through email, Facebook and our website (heartofillinoisaeyc.org), this will be the last mailing that you receive.  Please update your email by sending it to   hofiaeyc@sbcglobal.net If you mark our Facebook (Heart of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children- HIAEYC) and our websites as your favorites, you will continue to have access to our contacts and newest information!

Thank you very much and Happy Spring!

Melanie Fleming

Melanie Fleming, HIAEYC president

Week of the Young Child April 2016 Activity Calendar