Pam Parmenter, MA Ed. (FLAEYC Executive Board President)
First, let me say thank you to the FLAEYC Board for sponsoring my trip to the SECA Conference in Lexington, KY. I was proud to represent our affiliate both in the Affiliate meeting on Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and in the Presentation of State Flags which preceded the opening keynote on Friday morning at 9:00 am. Sixteen state flags were marched down the center aisle one-by-one and then placed in stations surrounding the stage. The Flag Ceremony concluded with the presentation of the flag of the United States of American and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Next in the Opening Ceremony came presentation of awards. Florida was well represented on the stage as the 2018 President’s Award went to Dr. Pamela C. Phelps of Florida. This award is presented to a state advocate who has made contributions at the state level in the field of advocacy that supports children and families. Next was the 2018 Phil Acord Award, established in 2017 to honor the work of Phil Accord of Tennessee and to recognize outstanding contributions by men in the field of early childhood education. The awardee was David Lawrence, Jr. of Florida.
The keynote speaker, Maurice Sykes, was exciting. He talked to us about Leadership in Closing the Achievement Gap. He stated the gap is real, starts early, is persistent, but most importantly is reversible. He explored root causes of the gap, and then strategies for how high-quality programs led by progressive and transformational staff can reverse the gap through knowledge, skills, and courage.
I attended several other presentations including the feature on Friday afternoon by Don Monopoli of The Learning Station (again another Florida representation), and the Public Policy Luncheon presentation by Ikeoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. on “Solidifying Our Villages.” Her premise is that neither poverty, race, religion, nor zip code should determine a child’s trajectory, opportunity, or eventual life success, and that we must provide equitable access and opportunities for all children.
We are proud to be the Florida SECA Affiliate.
FLAEYC Thanks our 2017 Sponsors, please take time to visit their websites and learn about their fine products and services
FLAEYC is pleased to introduce our new Chapters to the friends and members of FLAEYC. Each of Chapters have selected their new organization name, set goals, objectives and plans for this next year. We will highlight the Chapters on this website and welcome all of our chapters to send in photos and updates so we can post them.
South Florida Chapter of FLAEYC Our members were at the 2015 Miami Dade/Monroe Early Learning Coalition Conference representing NAEYC and FLAEYC in south Fl. We had a beautiful table with a meet and greet time for members to get to know who we are. We handed out flyers, journals, books and raffled a comprehensive membership. This is a photo of Saira, Raquel, Sylvia, Eunide, Aleyda and myself (Emilu).
Executive Director of Early Childhood Education
The Sky Family YMCA
It was a privilege to make the trip to Washington DC as a member of the Florida State Team to advocate for early childhood education. Early childhood education is a passion of mine. The NAEYC Public Policy Forum 2018 was a wonderful opportunity to let Capitol Hill know just how important quality child care is to children and their families.
It also allowed us to shine a spotlight on the low wages that early educators deal with. These low wages create a high turnover in the field and affect the quality of care. It was an honor to be part of the 300 voices strong that day. I know that we will all continue to fight for all children and their educators.
Picture Credit: Elizabeth DiGiacomo and Megan Oates attended the NAEYC Public Policy Forum, representing FLAEYC
Do you want to become part of a statewide professional organization that promotes quality in early education in Florida and provides its members with a strong, united VOICE?
If so, then look no further than the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)! Your FLAEYC membership demonstrates your commitment to professional growth and early childhood program quality.
Becoming a FLAEYC member is easy! You can join in just three short steps:
Step One: Choose the association in which you would like to be a member.
FLAEYC is a proud affiliate of both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
To Join NAEYC and FLAEYC click the NAEYC logo
Click here to learn more about the NAEYC benefits provided at different levels.
To Join SECA and FLAEYC, click the SECA logo
Click here to learn more about the SECA benefits provided.
Step Two: Once you have chosen your membership through NAEYC or SECA, select FLAEYC as your state affiliate.
Step Three: Congratulations! You are now a FLAEYC Member. Please enjoy the benefits of membership.
FLAEYC supports our members through a variety of benefits, activities, and services including: