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: Danyle Watkins
Past-President: Kim Hahn
President-Elect: Kim Hahn
Secretary: Kimberly Cary
Treasurer: Bridget Joos
Public Policy: Susan Moore
Events: Jan Deissler and Melanie Fleming
Month of the Young Child:
Child Care Connection Liaison: Brenda Smith
Accreditation & Quality Initiatives: Melanie Fleming
Home Child Care Liaison: Yolanda Wallace
Head Start Liaison: Kimberly Cary
Public School Liaison: Bridget Joos
Member at Large: Amie Belcher
Address: P.O. Box 10596, Peoria, IL 61612
Photos from Events
Heart of Illinois Chapter Children’s Champion Celebration
The Heart of Illinois Chapter of ILAEYC celebrated our local Children’s Champions on June 4, 2019 at Childer’s Banquet Center in Peoria, IL. Current members, past members and other guests were able to socialize, hear words of wisdom from Dr. Judy Harris Helm , President of Best Practices, Inc., celebrate the great work we are doing for the children of our Heart of Illinois communities. Congratulations to all of our recipients:
Dr. Judy Harris Helm – President, Best Practices, Inc.
Amie Belcher – Illinois Central College Children’s Center
Lisa Calzavara – The Salvation Army Child Care Center
Ann Harmon – Caring Hands Day Care Center
Stephanie Schmidt – Caring Hands Day Care Center
Jennifer Gilmore-Hocking – Methodist Family Child Care Center
Rhonda Hillyer – SAL Child Care Connection
Kayla Norrell – Eastside Center
Denise Hufeld – Family Child Care Provider
Larry Evans – Family Child Care Provider
Science Worskhop with Presenter Melissa Green
Melissa Green presented a variety of innovative science activities for participants to take back to their classrooms.
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.
Member at large Kari happily ringing bells on that chilly day.
Past President Melanie passing off the bell to Vice President of Programs Kim.
Past President Melanie and her granddaughter (with friend), taking their shift to ring bells.