OCAEYC November 2020 Newsletter
The Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) is a direct affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the foremost professional association for the early childhood field. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and work.
OCAEYC Board Meeting

Our next OCAEYC Board Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We will be sending an invite email to members. If you have any questions about our board meetings, or would like to request an item be added to the agenda, please email us.
NAEYC 2020 Annual Conference

This year the conference was offered via a virtual platform and offered over 40 workshop topics, networking opportunities, and resources. Registered attendees have access to view the conference sessions until December 12, 2020. You can find more information and resources from the conference here.

We hope you had the opportunity to attend! OCAEYC helped support the conference by sending out 90 "We wish you were here boxes." The closest location to receive a box was Irvine, California and the farthest one was mailed was to Japan. There was a lot of support from early educators all around the country! 
Humans of OCAEYC

We are launching a new campaign and want to hear from you! OCAEYC is such a diverse group of practitioners, that we'd like to connect and learn more about the powerful work everyone is doing. We invite you to share your story!

Share about your journey in becoming an early educator, or how you are coping with serving children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear your story! Please email us questions, stories, and photos at info@ocaeyc.com.

The Current Story of the OCAEYC Board:

We are a group of OCAEYC members who have volunteered to serve on our Board. We have come together to create resources, advocate, and support early childhood through OCAEYC. We have Board Members that are students, faculty, coaches, consultants, child care providers, and teachers. We all have full-time responsibilities in the field of early childhood, and we have volunteered to serve OCAEYC because we are passionate about the work all of us are doing to support children, families, and our community. In our newsletters we will announce opportunities to volunteer for committees, events, and more. All are welcome!
Public Policy and Advocacy

News from our Public Policy and Advocacy Chair, Hannah Thompson

Do you have an interest in public policy and advocacy? Email us today to join our committee! Take a moment to read NAEYC's Statement on the Election: Moving Forward for Children here. Learn more about current legislation below:

  • With expanded job protections, more workers can use Paid Family Leave to care for and bond with a new child, or take care of an ill family member, and then return to their jobs! 
  • This passed in California in September!

Heroes Act- H.R. 6800: We are still waiting!  
  • Passed in the house as of 06/01/2020 
  • This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., novel coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

Check the Public Policy and Advocacy page on our website for updates.
OCAEYC Events and Professional Development

Each month we offer at least one professional development or networking opportunity at a free or discounted rate to members. Join our next Coffee and Conversation event to discuss the work of early educators and share resources with colleagues. Coffee and Conversation is free to OCAEYC members every other month.

Visit our Events Page to see a calendar of upcoming trainings, Reggio Roundtable workshops, Coffee and Conversation networking opportunities, Board Meetings, and other events. Visit our Professional Development Page to learn about how you can access the Child 360 Online Learning Management System (LMS) to complete your professional development requirements. Click here to view a flyer of the new online learning platform.
Join an OCAEYC Committee!

As the new year begins, consider volunteering with one of our committees. This is an opportunity to grow and connect with other early childhood professionals. All members are welcome to join a committee! Here are some of the committees you can choose from:

  • Membership Benefit Committee: This committee focuses on the services and benefits OCAEYC offers to our members
  • Family Membership Committee: This committee will focus on how we can support our family membership.
  • Conference Committee: This committee is in the midst of planning and preparation for our next annual conference.

You can email us for more information if you are interested in joining a committee!
Have you read this book?

Authors: Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López Rafael
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018
Ages: 4-7

There are times when we never quite fit in. In this mixed media story of children starting school, Woodson addresses what it means to find yourself feeling measured against others and feeling worried that you may not be enough. Ideas of measurement are reinforced in López’s artworks, where tables and chairs are rulers and children fret over how their hair or lunch makes them stand out from others in their class. Told from multiple and diverse perspectives of children living in the same community, there is an expression of home and wonder about what happens when we allow people into our stories and share who we are. Vibrant artwork reflects a rich multicultural environment and welcomes discussion about our differences and similarities. A beautiful selection for those first day of school nerves or what it means to be tolerant of others. - Rachel Zuffa, Library Media Specialist
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