OCAEYC Spring 2021 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, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. We will send an invite email to members. If you would like to request an item be added to the agenda, or are not a member of OCAEYC but are interested in attending, please email us.
Week of the Young Child

Celebrate Week of the Young Child (WOYC) April 10th through the 16th! Discover ways to celebrate on the NAEYC website. Tag your social media posts with #woyc21 and #ocaeyc. Keep an eye on our social media to see how OCAEYC members are celebrating!
OCAEYC 2021 Annual Conference

This year our annual conference was offered via a virtual platform. More than 350 registrants were engaged through workshops, resources, and networking opportunities around the theme “Navigating the New Normal: Tweaking Techniques”. The goal of this year’s conference was to offer best practices to support the development, health, and safety of our youngest learners during these particularly challenging times.

OCAEYC hosted a Virtual Scavenger Hunt leading up to the conference, which allowed registrants to learn more about the sponsors and win great prizes! Moreover, we offered a drive-thru conference swag giveaway on the day before the conference; distributing approximately 200 bags! We also announced this year's award and grant recipients.
Humans of OCAEYC

We have launched a new blog to highlight the essential work of OCAEYC members. We are such a diverse group of practitioners, that we'd like to connect and learn from each other. 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 your stories, photos, and any questions you have to info@ocaeyc.com.
Support from OCAEYC

OCAEYC is excited to bring individualized support to providers in Orange County. If you are struggling to reopen, or stay open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, OCAEYC is here to help! Be on the lookout for more information regarding our technical assistance one-to-one support in future emails and social media posts.
Public Policy and Advocacy Updates
Public Policy and Advocacy Chair, Hannah Thompson

California bills we are following

AB 22 (McCarty) Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Enrollment: This would require all eligible children meeting certain requirements (age), and not enrolled in TK, to have access to CA State Preschool Programs the year before they enter Kindergarten if parents wish to enroll.

AB 568 (Rivas) Early learning and care - complaints about discrimination and exclusion of children: This addresses the suspension and expulsion of African American and Hispanic children in early childhood settings through legislative intent.

AB 791 (Aguiar- Curry) Childcare - trauma-informed child care training: This would encourage licensed child care programs and their employees to complete trauma informed training. Trauma-Informed Child Care Training Grants to expand access across the state

Federal Legislative Updates:

  • $1,400 stimulus checks to individuals 
  • An extension of unemployment benefits and tens of billions in aid for small businesses and not-for-profits 
  • $130 Billion for K-12 schools to open safely 
  • $39 Billion for childcare 
  • Help expand access to high quality childcare
  • Support child care providers, including family child care homes cover costs and operate and reopen safely

  • H.R. 7327
  • Provides more long-term relief for child care providers
  •  Funding to revamp center infrastructure to adhere to the more stringent health guidelines of the COVID era. Think cleaning, personal protective equipment (PPE), lower ratios, etc.
  • The bill would also expand child care tax credits that parents can use, expanding coverage to middle- and low-income parents. 
  • The bill would provide $170 billion in funds over 10 years
  • Bipartisan support across party lines  
  • Currently has passed in the house 

“The last time the U.S. government paid this much attention to child care was during World War II when it funded day cares across the country to ensure women could work in wartime factories.” (Peck) From the Huffington Post, “The COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Be A Huge Turning Point For Child Care In The U.S.”

Check the Public Policy and Advocacy page on our website to learn more about the current state of the early education workforce.
Events and Professional Development

Each month we offer at least one professional development or networking opportunity at a free or discounted rate to members. Visit our Events Page to see our calendar of upcoming trainings and view a Reggio Roundtable workshop on Refreshing our Practices through Mindfulness. 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.
Have you read this book?

Authors: Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2018
Ages: 4-7

Seven-year-old Carmela is thrilled to follow her older brother about town as he runs errands, although his enthusiasm is not as great. As they travel through their humble town and Carmela stumbles across a dandelion and learns the power of wishes, readers learn more about Carmela and her hopes and dreams. The daughter of an immigrant family, de la Peña delves into concepts of class and loss as Carmela reflects on how the loss of her father, separated from his family because his papers aren’t in order, weighs deeply on her heart. Robinson’s artwork is exquisitely rendered and respectful of Carmela’s heritage, utilizing Mexican papel picado with his own unique acrylic paintings to create a diverse and authentic landscape. Carmela is a story about family, promise, and the active creative expression that lies within us all. - Rachel Zuffa, Library Media Specialist
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618