OCAEYC Summer 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 Meetings

Our next OCAEYC Board Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, September 9th 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. You can view past Board Meeting Agendas and Meeting Minutes on our website.
Support from OCAEYC during COVID-19

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! Visit the COVID-19 Assistance page of our website to learn more.
Public Policy and Advocacy Updates
Public Policy and Advocacy Chair, Hannah Thompson

Looking for a way to get involved in NAEYC and the social justice side of public policy? Join P.E.A.C.E! Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere https://peaceeducators.org/

Upcoming Bills / Legislation

President Biden's Budget: $470 Billion for Early Childhood Education

● In June, President Biden released his proposal for an FY22 budget that would invest $470 billion in child care and early learning to create a permanent pathway toward a more equitable, sustainable, and comprehensive early childhood education system.

● By including annual increases for child care and Head Start as well as $225 billion for child care, $220 billion for mixed-delivery pre-k, and $25 billion for child care facilities, and also prioritizing major supports from paid leave to free community college, this powerful budget, if enacted, would ensure that families can afford quality child care that meets their needs and preferences, while supporting early childhood educators across states and settings to be well-prepared and well-compensated for the skilled, valuable, and essential work they do each day.

House / Labor committee just reintroduced:

Building childcare for a better future: New Bill to Build Child Care Infrastructure and Availability



If you would like to learn more about OCAEYC and Public Policy please email publicpolicy@ocaeyc.com
Events and Professional Development

OCAEYC is looking forward to a great year of professional development! Professional development will be offered during the months of September, November, January, March, and May. Some of the topics we are looking into include curriculum, reggio inspired programming, play, family support/engagement, and young children and nutrition. Please check your emails for professional development opportunities and how to sign up. Members do receive a discount on these workshops and all participants receive a certificate. Please feel free to email us if you have ideas/specific needs for professional development or have expertise in an area to share that would be beneficial to our community of early childhood educators.
Fund Development

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Highlighted Resource:

Children's Home Society Activity Sheets

This summer's Highlighted Resource comes from the Children's Home Society and features activities for distance learning.

The CHS Activity Sheets for distance learning include simple, free or low-cost activities for parents/providers and are in English and Spanish. A new activity is added to the webpage each week!
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