Florida Association for the Education of Young Children

Florida Association for the Education of Young Children


Hey parents! Come join this event by USF for parents with young children during Covid 19. Come to the session tomorrow for a free $25 gift card.

“Thank you for your invaluable mentoring these past three days. I’ve had fun getting to know this organization better, and I’ve learned so much from talking with Holly and Chris teaching me how things work. You are amazing at what you do! A “Virtual Conference”, “All I can say is wow! I’m grateful and thankful for the scholarship I was given to be able to attend. You provided an enormous wealth of information that has already made me a better, well informed and energized Early Childhood professional.
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The COVID 19 pandemic is a “once in a generation crisis? As a childcare business owner or operator how will you respond? Join our Live on-line ZOOM conversation as we explore new CHILDCARE business models in the midst of a complex health and economic crisis.

We know that many are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues right now. Our new course provides information and resources to help identify and understand some of the feelings you, your clients and parents, and your children may be experiencing. We will also provide actionable tips and tools that you can use to reduce levels of stress and anxiety today – as well as provide information that you should be taking into consideration when thinking about reopening your program/facility.
We are here to support our early childhood community.

Please share with others in your Early Childhood Community. https://www.facebook.com/events/533298724262685/
I just spoke with the Office of Early Learning to get clarification regarding the governor's press conference yesterday. Based on the press conference, SR/VPK will get additional emergency closure days, allowing our programs to be fully funded IF WE CLOSE ENTIRELY.

However, if like us, you are trying to offer limited care, focusing on the children of essential personnel (healthcare workers, etc.), you will not be able to cancel just your VPK classes and still receive funding.

The Office of Early Learning is working on creating the new policies. I just sent a detailed email requesting them to allow us to operate in a limited capacity and still receive the emergency closure funding.

This is a time for all child care providers to advocate for our children, our families, and our programs.

Please consider emailing their office today: [email protected]

Here are the bullets from my email:

Please help our program protect Florida's most vulnerable population while still serving the children of health care providers, first responders, and other positions essential during this health care crisis.

We are asking the Office of Early Learning to implement the following policy changes:
* Extend emergency closures days for VPK and SR, as stated in yesterday's press conference, with full funding for providers so that we can keep our staff members employed.
* Allow centers to have partial closures and still use those emergency closure days for VPK/SR so that we can limit group size in each classroom.
* Provide additional guidance for health and safety (such as specifics for well child checks, extra sanitation, lower group sizes to limit transmission, limiting intermingling of groups, etc.).
* Require programs to be fully licensed and to follow child care licensing guidelines for ratios / group sizes, etc,to ensure the health and safety of each child. This is not the time to loosen regulations and allow more children to be crowded into classrooms.
I can't wait to the rescheduled FLAEYC Conference, 2019!!!

FLAEYC is host to 15 Affiliate Chapters and 11 Community-at-Large State Chapters that provide programming at the local level for our members.

FLAEYC is a specialized community of more than 3,000 early care and educational professionals from Florida, representing two national associations – let us connect you with our members. The Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC) is a membership organization that serves in all levels of early childhood education, working directly with thousands of families with children b

Operating as usual

Photos from Florida Association for the Education of Young Children's post 12/16/2022

We visited the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate today to start planning our 2023 conference. Mark your calendars! October 11th -15th, 2023. This place has it all...shopping, snack stations, great restaurants and even a fire pit!

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This month's FLAEYC Member Spotlight is on La Toya Drapeau from R-Club Child Care in Pinellas County. Read more at: https://conta.cc/3VJCFDr

Winter Process Art | What Can We Do With Paper And Glue 12/10/2022

Winter Process Art | What Can We Do With Paper And Glue

Process art - art that focuses on the experience and the process of creating. Children freely choose what materials, how to use them and what to create. There are many benefits for preschoolers when creating with open ended materials. Fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and increasing attention span to name a few.

Winter Process Art | What Can We Do With Paper And Glue Winter Process Art- Great collection of 20 ideas for winter process art for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary kids. You'll find painting, stamping, collages, sculpture, and more!


A big CONGRATULATIONS to Community Preschool located in Vero Beach for achieving their NAEYC Accreditation Renewal! Another shining example of superior Early Childhood Education in Florida!
Way to go!


We want to extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to the Achievement Centers for Children and Families in Delray Beach for achieving their NAEYC Accreditation Renewal! With as overall pass rate of 91.94% they are a shining example of quality in Early Childhood Education! 🤩


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Thanks to each and every one of you for helping to make FLAEYC such a true Flamily of early childhood educators and supporters. We hope each of you has an enjoyable, relaxing and safe holiday weekend!

Photos from Florida Association for the Education of Young Children's post 11/18/2022

More Friday fun with the FLAEYC folks!


FLAEYC Friday Meetup! So much fun to chat and connect.

Timeline photos 11/14/2022

This Month's FLAEYC Member Spotlight is on our 2023 Early Childhood Educator of the Year: Caridad "Cuqui" De La Torriente. https://conta.cc/3O4WDp6


FLAEYC's Member Services Manager Wendy Occhipinti has arrived in DC for NAEYC's Annual Convention. Excited to see all our members at the conference. Sign up for our FLAEYC Friday Meetup hrough the conference app.

Timeline photos 11/07/2022

This month's FLAEYC Spotlight on Accreditation: St. James Children's Center in Islamorada (the Florida Keys). They started in 1984 and have been NAEYC accredited since 2005. Find out more about their journey in this month's Quality in Focus: https://conta.cc/3fJrXwZ

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Can we have a moment of silence for all ECE teachers as they deal with sugared-up kids the day after Halloween.

Photos from Florida Association for the Education of Young Children's post 11/01/2022

Today (Nov 1) is the LAST DAY TO VOTE for your future FLAEYC Leaders! It takes just a few minutes to do. The future of FLAEYC relies on members like you to be engaged.

Built to Thrive 2022 10/18/2022

Built to Thrive 2022

The Children's Movement of Florida is hosting their 3rd annual Built to Thrive virtual summit on Thursday, Oct. 27th, from 10am to noon ET. This year's keynote comes from Dr. Bruce D. Perry M.D., Ph.D.--author, psychiatrist, researcher, and clinician--who will share a talk on The Power of Early Childhood. (This talk will not be recorded!) For more information or to register, visit: https://www.childrensmovementflorida.org/built-to-thrive

Built to Thrive 2022 Join us for a virtual summit to hear from national experts and local change makers, bridging the worlds of politics, business, and early childhood. We want strong communities and stronger families, and we want you to be part of this movement.

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Attending our FLAEYC Annual Conference this week? Make sure you download our App beforehand.

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Earning (and renewing) your Florida Child Care Professional Credential has never been easier than it is with our friends and partners at .👏

Find out why they're No. 1 for early childhood pros here: https://bit.ly/392H0ys

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What?! You still haven't registered for our Conference yet? TODAY is it! LAST DAY TO REGISTER!! http://ow.ly/ISsj50L1EKR


We are super excited for our special Friday Night Musical Guest!
There is still time to register! You don't want to miss this! www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference

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Reminder: Our FLAEYC PLAY Chapter is meeting TONIGHT (Oct 4) at 7pm. THEME: PLAYING WITH PAPER
This will be a prelude to the fun play activities at the FLAEYC 2022 Annual Conference PLAY SPACE! Find out more and get the meeting link at: https://conta.cc/3BVbDAe

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FLAEYC and FACCM have partnered to offer a One Day APPLE Accreditation "Review and Refresh" on Wed, Oct 12 at our conference in Jacksonville. Register at www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference

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One can make a convincing argument that early educators saved the American economy at the beginning of the global pandemic. Hear about Dr. Gilliam's research justifying that at our conference. Register by Oct 1 at www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference


Fun time exhibiting at ELC Brevard's Dazzling Stars Provider Conference. Met many fabulous early childhood educators,directors and owners.

Photos from Florida Association for the Education of Young Children's post 09/16/2022

Wendy Occhipinti, FLAEYC's Member Services Manager met up with FLAEYC member Lisa Diggs and Dr. Walter Drew at Dr.Drew's Reusable Resources Adventure Center. Dr Drew is one of the leaders of the FLAEYC Play Chapter which is hosting The Play Space at the FLAEYC conference. Register for the conference and experience Play through open ended materials like the ones found at the center. https://www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference/

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Going to our conference? Today, Friday, Sept 16, is the last day to book your hotel room at our discounted room rates. Find the booking link and register for our conference at: https://www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference

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One can make a convincing argument that early educators saved the American economy at the beginning of the global pandemic. Hear about Dr. Gilliam's research justifying that at our conference. Register by Oct 1 at www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference

Timeline photos 09/15/2022

FLAEYC and FACCM have partnered to offer a One Day APPLE Accreditation "Review and Refresh" on Wed, Oct 12 at our conference in Jacksonville. Register at www.flaeyc.org/annual-conference

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MEMBERSHIP MONDAY: Lieska DeJesus is the Director of Riverside Baptist Child Development Center in Miami. With over 15 years in the Early Childhood field, Lieska appreciates the opportunity to positively impact children’s’ lives and watch them learn and grow.

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For all of you procrastinators! OK. OK. OK. We'll give you a lil more time...but this is it! Registration extended until Sat, October 1.

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Don't miss our One Voice meeting TONIGHT at 6pm on "Messaging Insights". Want to become an ECE advocate? This will be an insightful meeting for you to attend. www.flaeyc.org/advocacy

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What? You still haven't registered for the 2022 FLAEYC Annual Conference? OK. OK. OK. We'll give you a lil more time...but this is it! Registration extended until Sat, October 1.

Timeline photos 09/06/2022

Don't miss our One Voice meeting this Thurs, Sept 8 at 6pm on "Messaging Insights". Want to become an ECE advocate? This will be an insightful meeting for you to attend. www.flaeyc.org/advocacy

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Announcing our FLAEYC Board of Directors Slate of Candidates. Good luck to all of you! Get to know your candidates at: www.flaeyc.org/elections/

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Don't miss out! Just 1 week left. Register by Sept 1. The FLAEYC Conference is not just a reunion of friends. It's professional development, it's peer support and team building...all packed into one. http://ow.ly/ojVQ50Ksnnr

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3551 Blairstone Road, Suite 105/133
Tallahassee, FL

General information


FLAEYC Board President
Heather Siskind

President Elect
Angela Tuft

Bill Ganza

Suzan Gage

Appointed Member
BillieAnne Gay

Chapter Advisory Council Chair
Emilu Alvarez


Norma Schwartz
Mary Harper
Sonia Meier
Nickey Williams
Victoria Damjanovic

SECA Representative
Raquel Munarriz Diaz


Executive Director
Chris Duggan

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