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Member Update -- August 2017
We're changing more than just our logo!

Membership Changes coming to an Affiliate near you

Together NAEYC and Affiliates are hard at work to improve the membership experience; creating new membership benefits and new opportunities for all members! High quality content, professional development and mentoring opportunities are key. We are exploring new ways to deliver them, alongside NAEYC. With your enhanced membership benefits you will enjoy improved value and several new national benefits – no one will “lose” as we implement these new categories at the national level. Tune in on September 15th to be dazzled by our exciting membership changes.

Have you seen our new look?

Speaking of being dazzled, have you seen our new website? Our Affiliate Office has been busy creating a website that presents a clean and professional image allowing us to better engage with our members now and in the future. Please note that our web address has changed. You can now find us at

We want to hear from you

We are looking for innovative ways for our membership to engage with each other. A virtual book club, happy hour meet ups, and family friendly events are just some of the ideas that have been circling our office. What are your passions? How can we improve your professional networking? Send your ideas, thoughts, comments, articles, resources. etc., to our eager staff at

Leadership and Professional Development Cohorts
Building a Business in Portland and Medford

Are you ready to take your child care business to a higher level?
Do you need hours in Program Management for Spark? Applications are now open for our next cohort of diverse providers serving the Medford and Portland areas and surrounding regions. We are seeking a diverse group of participants with a range of experience and education. Training will be conducted in English and textbooks are in English, but we will have support for Spanish speakers with a Spanish speaking coach and supplemental materials.

This cohort will start on September 23rd and run through April 14, 2018 with sessions held one or two Saturdays each month.

There are limited spots in each cohort so be sure to apply today!

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Emerging Leaders Connecting with Early Learning Hubs

Are you interested in advancing your leadership skills?
Do you want to learn more about Oregon’s Early Learning System and the role of the regional Early Learning Hubs?Do you have ideas of how to support high quality early care and education for all children and families in your community?

Emerging Leaders Connecting With Early Learning Hubs is a project to support the creation of workforce-led ventures to foster regional professional engagement, support high quality practice, and complement the efforts of Oregon’s local Early Learning Hubs.

ELCELH is accepting applications from early learning professionals in the South Willamette Valley area. Sessions will be held on the weekends of September 22-23 and October 19-20 (Friday evening and Saturday) in Albany.

Apply Now!
Register now for Fall Conference!
Registration for Fall Conference is now open! Join us on October 13th and 14th at Clackamas High School for a weekend of stimulating workshops, networking and exploring the many vendors.

New this year along with our regularly scheduled workshops, we are offering four two-day, in-depth sessions that really dig deep! These comprehensive trainings are ideal for the practitioner that is looking for an expanded learning opportunity. To learn more about these sessions take a look at the session descriptions posted on our website.
A Message from our Public Policy Chair, Laura Pilkington

Dear ORAEYC Members:

The 2017 legislative session was long and full of lots of ups and downs for funding for early childhood education in Oregon. However, one of the best things to come out of this particular session was the coming together of so many organizations who advocated on behalf of the children and families who live in our beautiful state. We know it can be challenging to leave your classroom, home, or job to spend time advocating in person with legislators and we appreciate all of your efforts to contact your elected officials to voice your support for education - whether via email, phone call, Twitter Storm or posting to Facebook, it all adds up! We are looking ahead to the 2019 legislative session and look forward to your participation in ORAEYC's efforts to continue to support high-quality early education for children.

The Power to the Profession initiative of NAEYC is all about educators needing to advocate for themselves. If you want early childhood education to thrive in Oregon, your voices are needed here! Come by the Public Policy table at the ORAEYC Fall Conference to pick up a few talking points and learn more about how you can be an advocate for your job, children, and the work of others in the field. We look forward to seeing you in October! If you cannot make it but would like more information, please contact attn: Public Policy.

Member Spotlight: Jill O'Donnell

I am the President of the Klamath Chapter and have been a member of NAEYC since the early 80’s. I’ve served on Oregon AEYC’s Governing Council as Secretary as well as President. Oregon AEYC has always been vital professional support for me, especially in my 30 years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.

I currently enjoy working as a Quality Improvement Specialist, providing training and support for early childhood professionals. I am in my third term on the Klamath County School Board of Directors. I feel that support and advocacy for children, families, and those who work with children is critically important.

Some other things that I love to do are read and spend time with my three grandchildren. I also like to go camping with my family, and ride my horse, Koda, in the mountains.

Jill O’Donnell

Extra! Extra!
Elementary's Innovative Preschool Progam

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Back to School Essentals from NAEYC

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How state funded preschool stacks up

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Making and Tinkering with STEM: A free webinar

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Calling all Creative Writers!
Do you have a passion for writing? Do you love to talk about your experiences as an early learning professional? ORAEYC is looking for a diverse pool of potential bloggers to join our newly forming Blog Team.

Our weekly blog will feature an inclusive collection of thoughts, experiences and reflections from professionals from all across the early childhood spectrum. If you are interested in being apart of this exciting new feature of ORAEYC contact Alli to learn more.
Family Fun!
Make summer last with this hands-on tutorial!

This project will celebrate your little one’s love for nature and harness the power of the sun to create a dazzling display for any window in your home.

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Nearby Nature's 25th Birthday Party
Eugene, September 10th

Join in on the celebration of Nearby Nature's 25th anniversary. Enjoy live music, bug catching, Earth art, bike smoothies, the Gnome Roam, games, Frannie Frog, cake, and more.

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Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek

This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome. Space is on a first come, first served basis; register in the Nature Center 30 minutes before the program starts.

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