Welcome to the Illinois Assosciation for the Education of Young Children!

Known by many as Illinois AEYC, our organization is Illinois’ largest early childhood professional organization with over 3200 members. Since 1969, the organization’s volunteer members have successfully dedicated their time and efforts to improving the education and lives of young children in their own communities and throughout the state.

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  • Illinois AEYC
  • PO Box 666
  • Vienna, IL 62995
  • Phone: (217) 529-7732
  • Toll Free: (800) 773-0369
  • Fax: (217) 529-7738
  • E-mail: Click here

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  • 2014 Illinois AEYC Governing Board Candidates

    Illinois AEYC Governing Board Candidates 2014

    Illinois AEYC Election of Officers - Candidate Information

    President-Elect - CAROL WEISHEIT

    Carol is an Early Childhood Consultant and currently consults with agencies and programs on a variety of topics focusing on: importance of play, working with boys, interacting strategies with children and the importance ofsocial-emotional development.She has been in the early childhood field for 35 years.
    Carol is a certified HighScope teacher and trainer. Carol was an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with Illinois STARnet serving Regions I & III focusing on technical assistance and support to early childhood teachers focusing on children with special needs. Carol has experience as a teacher and director for school, center and university based programs for children in Bloomington/Normal, Champaign and LeRoy. Carol is former state director of Illinois CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an agency focusing on the needs of abused and neglected children in the child welfare system, served on the National CASA Curriculum Advisory Committee and trained across the United States for National CASA. Carol has served as a NAEYC validator and was faculty at Heartland Community College and ISU and taught a variety of courses including: administration of early childhood programs, child development, intro to early childhood, curriculum, guidance, and advocacy. Carol has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. In her spare time, Carol gardens, reads and does beading. Her husband, Ralph, is a distinguished professor at Illinois State University in the Criminal Justice Department and their son, Ryan, is a jazz musician in New York City.

    Vice President- Central East Region - DANYLE WATKINS

    My name is Danyle Watkins and I am currently working at Lincoln Land Community College as the Early Childhood Instructor and Coordinator. I have been working in the early childhood field for over 10 years and have been an active member with NAEYC for at least 7 of those years. As an NAEYC member I have served as President on my local board in Michigan and I am currently serving as Affiliate Rep for Capital Area AEYC in Illinois. I hope to become the VP for Central East. On a personal note, I am married and have 3 dogs and 3 cats.

    Secretary- Position Vacant

    Southern Region Vice President- Position Vacant

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