Capitol Connections started the reactivation process in May 2019. With only two chapter meetings being held so far the membership continues to grow, with plans to continue to increase membership numbers.
Capitol Connections has already started with big plans including Jim Gill coming to Pierre. Saturday, October 26th, 2019 will be the date for a three-hour early learning training and a children’s performance. Check out
for more information on what’s coming our way!
A Capitol Connections Facebook group will be up and coming soon. Please be on the look out to join our group, to keep updated on future plans, including Jim Gill’s performance October 26.
Dakota Midland has been collaborating with Sanford CHILD Children in Aberdeen after their Saturday Spectacular on Saturday, September 28th to host a networking lunch from noon - 1:00pm. Dakota Midland will be providing a lunch with chips and a beverage for the participants. During this time participants will be networking, learning about NAEYC, SDAEYC & Dakota Midland Chapter of SDAEYC. All attendees will be signed up for some great door prizes; must be present to win.
Dakota Midland is also planning on having a book study, starting late fall early winter.
They are in the planning stages of what book they will be using and will announce the book title at the networking lunch.
Dakota Prairie met on June 11, 2019. We had 4 ladies present and early childhood specialist Nancy Schlichenmayer. We decided we wanted our chapter active again so Lynn Peterson and Melissa Hutmacher volunteered to co-chair. We all agreed we would like to work towards getting some indoor/outdoor activities to be kept possibly at our local community center for everyone to use. We would also like to try help with transportation costs for daycares/preschools to use the equipment, especially during winter months. Lynn worked with Great Western bank in Chamberlain to get our new account going. We all agreed that all need to promote our group and spread the word about us! Our next meeting was set for July 24th.
Upcoming Calendar Events
Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm (Qdoba tacos will be served) - Fall EC Chapter of SDAEYC - Membership Recruiting – Mentor-Mentee Speed Dating, Community Life Center, Brookings, SD
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at 7 pm – STEAM Chemistry Week Panel, sponsored by SNEA, East Central Chapter of SDAEYC members invited, location TBD
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 from 6 to 7 pm – Brookings Back Pack Project Service Learning Event.
Directions to BBP Staging Site -
About a half
mile south of the intersection of 6th St. and Main Ave. (south of the railroad tracks), turn west on 2nd St. South. Turn right (north) on Airport Ave., then turn into the second driveway on the left (west). Go to the first door on the north side of the office building. A sign that reads “BBP Staging Site” will be hanging on the door.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
at 7 pm, Topic – TBD, Location – TBD, sponsored by SNEA
Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Pizza will be served) – Technology in the Classroom Panel/Making in the Classroom, Children’s Museum of SD, Brookings, SD
Tuesday, March 10
at 7 pm, Meeting sponsored by SNEA, Topic – TBD, Location TBD
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm – WYOC/Autism Awareness Month – Family Panel/Spectrum 605, Community Life Center, Brookings, SD
Membership/Potential Membership Communication:
Survey Monkey Questionnaire about:
Monthly membership meeting times
Planning meeting times
Connections between EC Chapter and Student Organization
Mentoring Opportunity Recruitment
Sending the Save the Date Card with all of the 2019-2020 meeting dates/event dates
Sending out planning meeting minutes, event reminders & event news.
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The Missouri Valley AEYC and the USD Student Group will co-host a Back to School Make-and-Take workshop for early childhood educators on tuesday, September 17 from
4-5:30 in Delzell School of Education on the USD campus, Room 107. All are welcome to attend this free event – come make some resources for the classroom! Please pre-register at
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Save the date for Sioux Falls WOW!
SF WOW will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.
Dr. Anne Meeker will be speaking about "Sing, Play, Love."
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