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The purpose of Heart of Illinois Chapter of ILAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs of young children with primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources. We strive to improve and enrich the quality of care and education of the young child through programs and services, and increase communication among those involved in the care and education of the young child. We provide in-service training for the early childhood community, and take unified action on current issues which affect the young child.


     President: Stacy Bean

     Past-President: Melanie Fleming   

     President-Elect: Kim Hahn

     Secretary: Julie Herzog

     Treasurer: Kari Clark



     Public Policy: Susan Moore

     Social Chair: Jan Deissler

     Month of the Young Child: Brenda Smith, Kim Hahn

     Child Care Connection Liaison: Brenda Smith

     Accreditation: Melanie Fleming

     Member at Large: Frances Green


     Address: P.O. Box 10596, Peoria, IL 61612    

     Email: heartofillinois@chapter.illinoisaeyc.org

     Phone: 815-627-0145

April 2019
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31 1 2 Heart of IL board meeting Tue, April 2, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 3 4 5 6 Illinois AEYC Board Meeting Sat, April 6, 2019 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Illinois AEYC Board Meeting Sat, April 6, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
7 Metro East Week of the Young Child Kick Off Event Sun, April 7, 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 8 9 10 11 Capitol Area Meet and Greet Thu, April 11, 2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 12 13
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28 29 30 Heart of IL The Cost of Caring Workshop Tue, April 30, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 1 Capitol Area Kidzeum Teacher Appreciation Night Wed, May 1, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2 3 4
Photos from Events

Science Worskhop with Presenter Melissa Green

Melissa Green presented a variety of innovative science activities for participants to take back to their classrooms.

Heart of Illinois Chapter Children's Champion Celebration

The Heart of Illinois Chapter of ILAEYC celebrated our local Children's Champions on June 12, 2018 at Eastport Marina in East Peoria, IL. Congratulations to our receipients:

Ann Grohmann- Illinois Central College Children's Center

Deborah Whited- Salvation Army Child Care Center

Kathy Culbertson- Methodist Family Child Care Center

Lorrie Kaiser- Neighborhood House

Family Concert with Performer Jeanie B!

Bell Ringing for Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign


President Stacy with her daughter ringing bells for the Salvation Army. The Heart of Illinois Chapter has been doing this for the past several years.


Past President Melanie passing off the bell to Vice President of Programs Kim.


Member at large Kari happily ringing bells on that chilly day.


Past President Melanie and her granddaughter (with friend), taking their shift to ring bells.