• Conference Registration is OPEN

    Register on-line or download the registration form.  For additional conference details, go to www.illinoisaeyc.org/conference.

  • 2018 Illinois AEYC Children's Champions

    Illinois AEYC would like to congratulate the 2018 Children's Champions!  

     Lisa White- Capitol Area Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Sue Bielenda- DuPage Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Karen Foster- East Central Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Brenda Long- Heart of Illinois Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Diane Morrow- Joliet Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Stephanie Herling- Metro East Area Chapter of Illinois AEYC

     Aimee Robinson- South Suburban Chapter of Illinois AEYC

    We value the impact they have made as an early childhood professionals.  It stands out in their contribution to the field, their local chapters and to Illinois AEYC. These folks continually go above and beyond what is expected and make a positive difference in the lives of Illinois children and families. Illinois AEYC gratefully acknowledges these efforts.  

    We will honor our 2018 Children's Champions on October 20, 2018 with a House Resolution and luncheon ceremony at the Illinois AEYC Growing Futures Conference.

  • Infant Toddler Training Registration

    Infant Toddler Training Registration

  • Illinois AEYC Governing Board Election Results 2017

    Congratulations to the newly elected Illinois AEYC Governing Board Members!  Terms will begin January 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019.

    Secretary- Marlena Constant

    Treasurer- Lee Eklund

    Region 15 Delegate- Glenda Hall

  • Illinois AEYC Governing Board Candidates 2017


    My name is Marlena Constant. I have been a Preschool Teacher at UIS Cox Children’s Center on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus for three years where I enjoy observing children’s thought processes and watching them create as their learning experiences unfold. I am active in my community, am constantly finding ways to continue learning, and enjoy working on two early childhood boards. I have been a member of Capital Area Association Education for Young Children for three years where I am a Vice President of Membership and serve on the Illinois Education Association of Young Children currently as Vice President of the Central East Region.

    I am a Senior at UIS where I will graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then on to my Master’s! The education field has inspired me to find ways where I can reach more children and families in order to develop a positive relationship as we work together in the best interest of their child. I plan on continuing to work in the early childhood field where I can be a mentor to those who are beginning their journey in this field.

    When I am not volunteering my time, I enjoy gardening, reading, hanging out with my family and rescue dog Buttercup.


    My name is Lee Eklund. I am the Executive Director of Malones Early Learning Center in Carterville, Illinois, where I have worked for the last 22 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and hold a Level II Director’s Credential and a Level V Early Childhood Credential. I currently serve on the SIAEYC Board of Directors in the Treasurer’s position, as well as on the Carbondale Science Center’s Board of Directors. Past positions that I have held are Treasurer of the Carterville Rotary Club and Board Member of Carterville’s Chamber of Commerce. I am currently active in Illinois AEYC serving on the Executive Committee and as the Southern Region Vice President.

    Region 15 Delegate

    Hello, my name is Glenda Hall. I teach Pre-K at West Side Primary in Harrisburg and online at Southeastern Illinois College. I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Special Education, ELL, and English as a Second Language from Concordia University. My career includes eighteen years of experience teaching in a variety of settings, childcare, Head Start, Special Education, and Pre-K. I'm a board member of our local chapter SIAEYC.

    I live with my husband Josh and son Ashton in rural Raleigh Illinois. Together we enjoy fishing, walking, and paddle boating around our pond. We also enjoy our large garden with fresh fruit and vegetables.

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