We envision a community
where every child's potential is realized.
Earn your early childhood college degree DEBT FREE while you work! We are currently accepting applications for those interested in earning an Associate or Bachelor degree from a public Utah higher education institution. Apply or share this opportunity today!
President: Shannon Leninger, UVU CAC
Vice President: Kathie MacKay, BYU Faculty
Accreditation Chair: Shanel Gray, RUCD Head Start
Eastern Rep: Shirlene Law, USU Eastern Faculty
Southern Rep: Tracy Valdez, Beehive Learning Academy
Northern Rep: Leah Stanton, JCU
Member At Large: Shraddha Ukalkar, Adobe
Member At Large: Connie Wang, ECE Partner
CONTINUING BOARD MEMBERS
Secretary: Crystal Knippers, WSU CAC
Past President: Jared Lisonbee, USBE
T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Chair: Sharlie Barber, SLCC
Membership Chair: Janet Walquist Johnson, WSU CAC
Development Chair: Nannette Watson, ECE Partner
Public Policy Chair: Sue Womack, UVU CAC
NAEYC Liaison: Melissa Mendez, PC Tots
Communications Chair: Anca Neacsu, PC Tots
HERE'S A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO OUR VOTING UAEYC MEMBERS...
WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Weber State University Early Childhood Education student Kelly Peterson wrote a letter for the ECE field as an advocacy project for one of her classes.
We invite you to read her letter on the importance of school boards and others addressing underlying issues that may lead to difficult behaviors in young children, with the goal of preventing suspensions and expulsions from early childhood education programs. We also invite action: How you can take an advocacy action in your work?
We have over 400 members, and with only 2 part-time staff, we rely on our Governing Board of Directors, committees comprised of community partners, members, and volunteers to make our mission become reality. We couldn't do what we do without each group of supporters!
For over 75 years UAEYC has been the premier professional association for early childhood professionals in Utah. As an affiliate of NAEYC, we work to support research-based, developmentally appropriate practices and advocate for all in our field. We re-incorporated in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We empower Utah's children by engaging and inspiring our early childhood professionals. Through leadership, advocacy, community & state-wide professional development, and scholarships, we are moving Utah's early childhood workforce toward career pathways that create commitment, inspire passion, and strengthen programs that allow young children to thrive.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our advocacy goals and strengthen career pathways for early childhood professionals in Utah. We need you!
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