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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I hope that you all had a restful Memorial weekend whether
you had time alone, picnicked with family/friends, or took a road trip! It’s
now the “official” start of summer and with that comes a more relaxed attitude
about our work. But, not for Illinois AEYC! I wanted to update you on the
process of the restructuring at the national, state and local level.
As you know, local affiliates will have to decide about
becoming an affiliate (if 3 thresholds are met), becoming a chapter or
disassociating with AEYC all together. Of course, Illinois AEYC hopes
that all local affiliates become chapters under the state affiliate!
NAEYC has set forth the following timeline for the restructuring process:
May - August 31 -
Application to become an affiliate is open (next application cycle opens
Illinois AEYC appointed an ad hoc committee at the board
meeting on April 2 and this ad hoc committee has been working tirelessly on
developing an affiliate-chapter agreement for our state. The members are:
Jackie Farber (East Central), Ashley Earles and Marlena Constant (Capitol
Area), Alisa Kapusinski (GO), Lori Longueville (Southern), Emily Reilly
(Northern), Tonya Frehner (Director of Programs) and myself as your President.
Collectively, well over 40 hours have been spent to hammer out a new
affiliate-chapter agreement. Your delegate to the Illinois AEYC Board of
Directors will be meeting June 17/18 in Champaign to vote on this issue.
We hope we will have representatives from all 17 affiliates at this meeting.
Please be sure to check in with your local board to see what’s happening.
We have plenty of work to do over the summer: bylaws
and standing rules need to be modified to be in-line with National requirements
so if you like that kind of committee work, please let me know. While we
haven’t ruled out a face to face meeting, we will be doing the lion’s share of
the work via GoToMeeting online. This committee will be forming at the
June 17/18 meeting.
If you have not yet had a chance to see a webinar or read
documents regarding the restructuring, here’s a link. An informed
membership is at the heart of this process and we welcome any comments,
questions or concerns you might have. http://www.naeyc.org/affiliates/forms
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