• 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.

  • Summer Update 7-19-17

    Greetings, Illinois AEYC members!

    We hope this e-blast finds you well! Summer seems to be flying by and that is only reinforced by seeing back to school supplies in the stores (Christmas decorations, too)!

    The NAEYC restructuring is in the final stages as we anticipate the September 15 deadline. We would like to draw your attention to the following updates:

    1. Are you interested in getting involved? We are looking for new board members for the upcoming election. You can find the new application here. This is a great opportunity to get involved on the state level and to make a difference in the profession! If you have any questions about the application, please contact Carol (president@illinoisaeyc.org).

    2. Illinois AEYC has a new logo! We are now in line with NAEYC's new branding requirements and you will soon see your local affiliate (soon to be chapter) roll out their new logo, too!

    3. New chapters forming in the state are located in Chicago and Metro East St. Louis. These 2 chapters are working hard recruiting new members. If you want to get involved, please contact Tonya (tonya@illinoisaeyc.org) and she can forward your name to the leadership team in that area.

    4. Membership approved the new Illinois AEYC bylaws which are posted on our website. We appreciate you taking time to vote!

    Keep in touch with us on Facebook and on Twitter. Search for Illinois AEYC!

    Thank you for your contribution to the early childhood profession!

    Carol Weisheit, President

    Illinois AEYC




  • Illinois AEYC Proposed By Laws

    Click here to view the proposed By Laws.

  • Summer Update

    Summer is here and I wanted to update you on all the work that is being done for the restructuring. You may have noticed the use of the new logo in emails. The official launch of the new structure is September 15, 2017 so their has been a whirlwind of restructuring work being done behind the scenes. Here are the highlights:

    • NEW CHAPTERS - Chicago Chapter and St. Louis Metro East are busy with building new chapters! If you are interested in getting involved, contact tonya@illinoisaeyc.org and she will put you in contact with the leadership team in those areas.
    • BOARD MEETING - Board of Directors is meeting this weekend in Champaign to vote on the new affiliate-chapter agreement & vote on proposed by-laws to send to the membership for ratification.
    • MEETING WITH NAEYC - Tonya & Carol met with Stephanie Morris from NAEYC and Missouri AEYC to talk about membership under the new structure.
    • NEW WEBSITE - Be on the look out for our new website launch by the end of the month! We know you will love the new look of our site!
    • BOARD ELECTIONS - Watch our website for the new application for state board elections! The following positions are open: President-elect (4 yr term*), Secretary (2 yr term), Treasurer (1 yr. term), VP Southern Region & VP Central West (2 yr term). If you are a dedicated early childhood professional, have a passion for this organization and a desire to give back to the profession, here’s your chance! *1 yr as President-elect, 2 yrs as President, 1 yr as Past-President

    Have a great summer! As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

    Carol Weisheit, President


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