• Elected Officers 2011

    Congratulations to our elected officers!

    Laurie Rhodes – Illinois AEYC President, first term
    Brenda Wardzala - Illinois AEYC Treasurer, second term
    Debrah Clark – Chicago Metro Vice-President, second term
    Brenda Smith – Central West Vice-President, second term
    Diana Shipley – Central East Vice-President, one year term
    Jennifer Brosnahan – Northern Region Vice-President, first term

    Save the Dates – 2011 Governing Board meetings (currently being held at
    Lincoln Land Community College campus, Springfield)

    February 5th – Public Policy Discussion – agenda coming soon, rsvp to Donetta
    June 25th – Professional Development Discussion
    October 22nd – Strategic Planning Discussion

  • Illinois AEYC Election of Officers 2010

    2010 Illinois AEYC Election of Officers - Candidate Information

    Candidate for State Treasurer:  BRENDA WARDZALA
    A member of NAEYC for 20 years, Brenda Wardzala has been active at both the local and state levels. Since joining the DuPage AEYC board in 2000, Brenda has had the opportunity to serve in many capacities including President. For the past two years, Brenda has served on the Illinois AEYC board as treasurer. Professionally, Brenda has been in the early childhood field her entire career. She has worked both directly with young children as well the adults in their lives in a variety of settings including Head Start and community-based child care. As an early childhood consultant, Brenda has assisted several programs with the NAEYC accreditation process and has presented at local conferences. Currently, Brenda works as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher in a community-based classroom in Berwyn. Brenda is unopposed for this position.

    Candidate for Chicago Metropolitan Vice President:  DEBRAH CLARK
    Debrah Clark, M.A., CFLE, has over 12 years experience serving the needs of families, children, social service practitioners and administrators. During her tenure with Joliet Township High School, the Infant Childcare Program was awarded the Children’s Champion Award through Voices for Illinois Children and National City Bank and an award for Child Abuse Prevention from the Department of Children and Family Services and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Her efforts to keep the Joliet Township Infant Childcare Center relevant and based in best practices have earned the program a 77% graduation rate of the teen parents. Mrs. Clark has presented locally and nationally about teenage parenting, infant grief, communication skills and law based education for youth. She looks forward to all opportunities to facilitate learning for both her and all with whom she comes into contact. Debrah is unopposed for this position.

    Candidate for Northern Region Vice President:  JENNIFER BROSNAHAN
    Jennifer Brosnahan has been working with children for 15 years and has celebrated her Group Child Care Home's, Stepping Stones Home Child Care, first anniversary this year! She is currently working towards two AAS, one in Business and the other in Child Development. Jennifer is active in Joliet Area Association for the Education of Young Children currently serving as President and Conference Chair, previously served as Newsletter Chair and Delegate. She is involved in the Member & Public Relations Committee for Illinois AEYC. She has served on the Bargaining Committee with SEIUHCII for the current Child Care Assistance Program contract and was Will County Childcare Association's Political Advocate for two terms. Jennifer and her husband live in Joliet and have two young children.
    Jennifer is unopposed for this position.

    Candidate for Central West Region Vice President:  BRENDA SMITH
    Hello and Thank-You for this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I have been a member of Heart of Illinois AEYC (Peoria Area) since 1993 and currently serve as President. I have had the privilege of watching this affiliate grow and become involved with many facets of our local community from social service partnering to community fundraisers! My full-time position is the Director of the Illinois Central College Child Care Connection Resource and Referral service. I have been with Child Care Connection just a little over 17 years. I graduated from a small college in Iowa with a Bachelor'sdegree in Elementary Education and then went onto the University of Illinois and completed a Master's degree in Human Resource Education: Community College Teaching and Learning. I have been an adjunct faculty member in the Social Sciences Department (Child Development) with ICC since 1995. I reside in Washington, Illinois with my husband of 14 years and our 8th grade daughter Emma and three year old miniature dachshund, Oscar. I am always proud to be a member of this dynamic association with local, state and national ties to quality care and education!
    Brenda is unopposed for this position.

    Candidate for Central East Region Vice President – one year seat:  DIANA SHIPLEY
    Diana has been in the early childhood field for over twenty years. During the past twenty years I have been teaching early childhood classes at several community colleges: Richland Community College, Danville Area Community College, and Lincoln Land Community College. A year ago I left a fifteen year position as the Macon County Liaison for the Child Care Resource Service, University of Illinois, Urbana. I have become an INCCRRA trainer for several workshops and recently became a PDA and CDA advisor. My time with the Illinois AEYC has helped me in the field of early childhood in remaining current with the issues and continues to bring professionalism to the field. But the most important part has been in keeping a focus on excellence and quality for our young children in any setting in the early childhood field. Diana is unopposed for this position.

  • NAEYC Announcement - Executive Director Named

    Jerlean Daniel, Ph.D. Promoted to NAEYC Executive Director Designate

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to
    announce the promotion of Jerlean Daniel, Ph.D. to become Executive Director
    Designate of the Association. Daniel will replace outgoing Executive Director, Mark R.
    Ginsberg, Ph.D. on July 1, 2010. NAEYC President, Sue Russell made the
    announcement on behalf of the NAEYC Governing Board.

    NAEYC welcomes Dr. Jerlean Daniel as the next Executive Director of the Association.
    Currently, Dr. Daniel serves as a Deputy Executive Director of the Association and is
    also a distinguished elected past-president. Daniel has been an active NAEYC member
    and Association leader for more than 30 years. She has been a staff member for five
    years, joining NAEYC after a 21 year career at the University of Pittsburgh where she
    served as a child care center director as well as a faculty member. Immediately prior to
    joining the national staff in 2005, she was Chair of the Department of Psychology in
    Education in the School of Education. “I am thrilled that Jerlean has accepted the
    position to become the next Executive Director of NAEYC. She is one of the most
    respected members of the Association and is experienced as a member of the
    Association’s executive team”, commented President Russell. “Her appointment,
    together with a six month period prior to Mark’s departure, will facilitate a seamless
    transition in the executive leadership and management of the Association” Russell also
    remarked.

    Dr. Ginsberg will leave his position as the Association’s Executive Director on June 30 to
    become Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason
    University. He has served as NAEYC Executive Director since January 1999. Under his
    leadership, among other accomplishments, the Association has nearly doubled in budget
    and in the size of the national staff; enhanced its capacity and influence as a policy
    advocate; significantly grown its professional development and publications portfolio;
    successfully reinvented the National Academy for Early Childhood Program
    Accreditation and strengthened its higher education accreditation activities including
    developing an accreditation system for associate degree granting programs in early
    childhood education; and acquired a new headquarters facility. NAEYC President, Sue
    Russell commented, “Mark is an outstanding leader who led and managed NAEYC
    during a critical period. The entire field of early childhood education respects his abilities
    and thanks him for his stewardship of the association. We are very excited for him as he
    returns to higher education as the Dean at George Mason. Our loss will certainly be a
    gain for the University.”

    NAEYC thanks Mark for his many efforts on behalf of the Association and the field of
    early childhood education, and looks forward to Jerlean’s tenure and the inspired
    leadership and vision for the future of NAEYC that she will bring to her new position.
    Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has
    nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential
    voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood
    education in the United States.

    For more information, contact:
    Kristina Gawrgy
    NAEYC Communications Coordinator
    Office: 202-350-8857
    Mobile: 202-427-4734
    kgawrgy@naeyc.org

    For Immediate Release:
    January 14, 2010

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