Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children

Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children We are a local affiliate of NAEYC. Our members include over early childhood educators, families, and professionals who care about and work to promote the healthy development of all young children.

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Thank you for sharing, ITFDC - Infant Toddler Family Day Care! We have gathered information on how to register for the C...
01/22/2021
Coronavirus Information – Infant Toddler

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We have gathered information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccines in the region for our providers. Please refer to our website for updates: https://www.infanttoddler.com/coronavirus-information/#toggle-id-1

Childcare staff are considered as Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #3. This group is part of the COVID-19 Vaccination – Phase 1b. As of Jan 11, 2021, Phase 1b is eligible for vaccination. Infant Toddler Family Day Care recommends that ALL providers and staff members receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here are the latest COVID-19 Vaccination registration information for the local region (please check back often as information changes rapidly):
- Fairfax County – The Fairfax County Health Department, through a partnership with the Inova Health System, family child care providers who work in Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Herndon and Vienna are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning in late January 2021. More information including registration link will be provided week of January 18-22.
- Arlington County – Click here to pre-register for vaccination and more information.
- Alexandria City – Visit the Alexandria City vaccine page for more info. Click here to pre-register for vaccination. Please call the AHD hotline on weekdays, from 9am-6pm, at 703.746.4988 for assistance.
- Loudoun County – Click here to pre-register for vaccination. You may also call Loudoun County’s COVID-19 information line at 703-737-8300 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Prince William County – CONTACT: [email protected] PWHD COVID-19 Call Center Information Line: (703) 872-7759 Call Center Hours: 9am-4:30 M-F (Closed Sat. and Sun.)

Some emergency personnel and essential workers are parents too and the pandemic response has made this a particularly challenging time for them. Infant Toddler Family Day Care is now OPEN. We have been working closely with those whose jobs require them to work during the pandemic. For many they don....

🌼 From our Sesame Street friends: Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We share his dream of a world where there is...
01/19/2021

🌼 From our Sesame Street friends: Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We share his dream of a world where there is respect, equity, and justice for all. Let’s come together to make this dream a reality. What is your dream for the world? #MLKDay

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We share his dream of a world where there is respect, equity, and justice for all. Let’s come together to make this dream a reality. What is your dream for the world? #MLKDay

👶🏻 Visit our website to see plenty of free and useful webinars coming up before the end of the month! https://www.nvaeyc...
01/18/2021
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👶🏻 Visit our website to see plenty of free and useful webinars coming up before the end of the month! https://www.nvaeyc.org

Special thank you to the Fairfax County Office for Children; Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and Smart Beginnings; the National Center for Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety; the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Training, and Learning; and the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement! Fairfax County Office for Children SmartBeginnings The Virginia Department of Social Services Virginia Department of Education - VDOE Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children

© 2021 by the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (NVAEYC), an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

We wanted to take a moment to celebrate the life of Mrs. Joanne Rogers, a wonderful person who inspired many, even after...
01/17/2021
Joanne Rogers, memory-keeper of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ dies at 92

We wanted to take a moment to celebrate the life of Mrs. Joanne Rogers, a wonderful person who inspired many, even after Mr. Rogers had passed in 2003. According to this article, Mrs. Rogers became the muse for Queen Sara Saturday, "a gentle, tempering influence on the sometimes pompous King Friday XIII." She lived with such compassion for all and enjoyed supporting the television show, its characters, and public broadcast programs serving our communities and reaching our homes. You could say she was just as wonderful as her husband and exactly as you expected them both to be as a couple. In her own words: “I don’t mean to sound boastful, but he was my icon before he was anyone else's,” she wrote in a foreword to the book “The World According to Mister Rogers” (2003). “Being Mrs. Fred Rogers has been the most remarkable life I could ever have imagined.”

Thank you.

Married for 50 years to Fred Rogers, she inspired Queen Sara, the royal lady of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and carried on his message of kindness after his death.

Happening on Thursday, 21 January at 3:30 PM!https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4765029819880008719 Child care pr...
01/17/2021

Happening on Thursday, 21 January at 3:30 PM!
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4765029819880008719
Child care providers, community partners and early childhood stakeholders are invited to join a session featuring important info about current emergency school age child care efforts and updates on new federal stimulus funding for child care:
-Duke Storen, Commissioner, VA Dept. of Social Services
-Gena Berger, Chief Deputy, VA Dept. of Social Services
-Jenna Conway, Chief School Readiness Officer, VA Dept. of Education Virginia Department of Education - VDOE & The Virginia Department of Social Services & SmartBeginnings

Early Childhood Educator Friends! Have you signed up for the Annual VAAEYC Conference, which will be a wonderful online ...
01/17/2021

Early Childhood Educator Friends! Have you signed up for the Annual VAAEYC Conference, which will be a wonderful online experience to connect with great resources and colleagues? Well, what are you waiting for? The conference is coming up in March but take advantage of the early bird specials before February 1st! https://s6.goeshow.com/vaaeyc/conference/2021/index.cfm
Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children #ECEwins #earlychildhoodeducation #earlychildhoodteacher #earlyED #naeyc #earlyeducation #schoolreadiness #ECE #ChildCareIsEssential #childcareprofessionals #eachoneteachone #vaaeyc #nvaeyc

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3269275091569162768Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Mondays: Ask the ExpertsCOV...
01/10/2021

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Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Mondays: Ask the Experts
COVID-19 has created economic and nutrition hardships for many families and many child care programs. Do you or your staff have a CACFP or nutrition question? Get answers at CACFP Mondays at 1: Ask the Experts.

+ WHAT: 30-minute virtual discussions hosted by VA Dept. of Health experts. After a 5-minute CACFP overview, 25 minutes of Q&A. There are no silly questions about nutrition for children in child care!
+ WHEN: Every Monday, 1:00 – 1:30 pm, beginning January 25, 2021. Stay and listen for 30 minutes or ask your question and go!
+ WHO: Anyone interested in CACFP for child care is welcome - child care advocates and support professionals; child care directors, owners, and teachers; or CACFP Sponsor Organization staff. CACFP is a federal child nutrition program that provides reimbursements for qualifying child care programs for serving healthy meals and snacks to children. Training, support, and more helps ensure children receive good nutrition while in child care.
+ HOW: Register to participate (or just listen in!)

https://ecevirginia.org/early-childhood-education/ece-resource-hub/Interested in learning how to better strengthen child...
01/10/2021

https://ecevirginia.org/early-childhood-education/ece-resource-hub/

Interested in learning how to better strengthen children's social emotional learning? Visit the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Resource Hub. Developed by researchers at the University of Virginia, the ECE Resource Hub provides teachers with free resources to support students’ social and emotional needs. Organized around a topic of the month, these collections of resources from high-quality sources relate to the following areas:

COVID-19 Adaptations | Trauma Informed Practices | Equity and Inclusion | Family Connections | Books and Activities

Sign up for the monthly ECE Resource Hub newsletter to learn how to better foster children’s social-emotional skills and access helpful resources on equity, COVID-19 adaptations, and effective classroom strategies. This month’s focus is supporting children’s sense of self and fostering empathy. #ChildCareIsEssential #earlychildhoodeducation #preschooldevelopment #ECEwins

Important Opportunity - Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey COVID-19 has created new challenges for Virginia's famili...
01/10/2021

Important Opportunity - Virginia Early Childhood Family Survey
COVID-19 has created new challenges for Virginia's families. UVA, VDOE, and VECF want to learn about Virginia families’ experiences with the care and/or education for their young children (birth through kindergarten) this year. Please help us with this important effort by passing on the Virginia's Families with Young Children: Fall 2020 Survey to families, and help get the word by sharing this flyer. More information about the family survey: http://vafamilysurvey.info/

All Virginia families of young children, birth through kindergarten, can take the survey. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes and is voluntary. The survey is available online in English or Spanish. It will be open through January 25th. Questions regarding the Family Survey may be addressed to UVA team’s research specialist, Grace Kegley by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (434-297-6882).

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01/08/2021

Thank you for sharing, Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children!

Governor Northam announces that childcare Providers and K-12 teachers and staff placed in Group B for the COVID-19 roll out. Group B includes frontline essential workers in specific industries, K-12 teachers and staff, childcare providers, adults age 75 and older, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps. Additional information about Group B, which is expected to start near the end of January, is available on the vaaeyc website www.vaaeyc.org

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01/06/2021

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ZERO TO THREE
01/03/2021

ZERO TO THREE

Your 2021 parenting goals don't need to be complicated—just compassionate.

Learn more about the 9 elements that power positive parenting: https://bit.ly/2Jbmo5v

December 30, 2020 // Dear Child Care Providers: As a result of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securit...
01/03/2021

December 30, 2020 // Dear Child Care Providers: As a result of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Virginia received federal funding for a third round of incentive grants to help child care providers remain open during the COVID-19 state of emergency. This funding is being distributed through the CARES III grant.

Info for Previous CARES I and CARES II Grantees: If you received a CARES I or CARES II grant and your program is open and eligible, you have automatically been awarded a CARES III grant. If you already received a CARES III award letter, you should not apply for a CARES III grant. If you did not receive a CARES III award letter but believe you should have, email [email protected].

Info for Programs that Did Not Receive a CARES I or CARES II Grant:
If you are interested in receiving a CARES III grant and did not receive a CARES I or CARES II grant, you must apply to be considered. We will prioritize the awarding of CARES III grants to fund programs in underserved communities. You may submit a CARES III grant application beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements for CARES III Applicants:
-- The program did NOT receive a CARES I or CARES II grant
-- Includes existing licensed family day homes, voluntarily registered family day homes, licensed child day centers, religiously exempt child day centers, licensed family day systems, certified
preschools, unlicensed child day programs that are approved subsidy vendors, and local ordinance approved family day homes
-- The program is open to provide care for children
-- The program follows COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

When and How to Apply:
-- You may apply beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021.
-- There are two different ways to apply-online or through a mobile app. The links will be live to the grant application at 10 a.m. on January 4, 2021.
o ONLINE: you may apply through the CARES III grant application webpage at dss.virginia.gov/cares3
o COVID-19 VIRGINIA RESOURCES mobile app: download COVID-19 VIRGINIA RESOURCES on the App Store or through Google Play. Once on the mobile app, click on the BUSINESSES tab, and then click on the picture tile WHAT IS THE CARES III GRANT PROGRAM? to apply.
-- Before you apply, gather the required documents that you will need to upload to complete your
application:
o VDSS license/permit/certificate or letter of exemption
o Completed Virginia W-9 form
o Copy of official supporting documentation for the social security number or employer
identification number used on the W-9 form
-- Social Security Number official supporting documentation: a copy of your social
security card; IRS letter 147C or IRS letter SS-4; recent pay stub; W-2 (wage & tax
statement); SSA-1099 (Social Security Benefit Statement); or other tax document
showing full name and entire social security number
-- Employer Identification Number official supporting documentation: IRS letter 147C or IRS letter SS-4; computer-generated notice generated by IRS when EIN application
was submitted; documentation from the provider’s bank if EIN was used to open an account; or a copy of previously filed tax return using the existing entity

Payment: The amount of the grant award will be predetermined based on the program type. Based on available
funds, grant amounts will be determined for:
-- Large child day centers (capacity over 100): includes religiously exempt centers, licensed
centers, unlicensed centers, and certified preschools
-- Small child day centers (capacity of 100 or fewer): includes religiously exempt centers, licensed centers, unlicensed centers, and certified preschools
-- Licensed family day homes
-- Licensed family day systems
-- Unlicensed family day homes: includes voluntarily registered family day homes, local ordinance approved homes that are not licensed, and unlicensed homes that are approved subsidy vendors. You will receive a grant award letter by email prior to receiving your payment. A contractor administering the funding on behalf of DSS will issue grantees one payment, which will be mailed to the remittance address indicated on the Virginia W-9 form. If a remittance address is not provided on the VA W-9 form, payment will be sent to the legal address listed. If you need a VA W-9 form: https://www.doa.virginia.gov/forms/CVG/W9_COVSubstitute.pdf.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Thank you for the work you are doing to care for children during this critical time.

Oh, yes! 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 ❤️ this: “Families, and we hope they recognize it even more than ever, are fortunate to have creative,...
12/29/2020
Traveling Turtles, Cardboard Playgrounds, and Bear Puppets: How Early Childhood Educators are Ensuring Joyful, Engaged Learning at a Distance

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❤️ this: “Families, and we hope they recognize it even more than ever, are fortunate to have creative, innovative, committed, brilliant teachers for their children who really care and love them.” (Shared by No Small Matter)

Early childhood education at a distance is far from ideal, but teachers across the country are rising to the challenge.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
12/29/2020

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning is available now! With updated content and research, new examples and insights, and questions to guide group study discussions, the new edition of this bestselling classic covers everything you need to understand what Powerful Interactions are, how to make them happen, and why they are so important in increasing children’s learning and your effectiveness as a teacher. Learn more and preorder today: NAEYC.org/powerful-interactions-2

12/29/2020
Sesame Street in Communities

The little heart hands at the end are so cute!
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Washing hands for at least 20 seconds is an important practice during a health emergency. Sing along to this catchy tune with Elmo when you washy wash your hands to help keep germs away and protect ourselves and loved ones. https://bit.ly/3goSOKw

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pd/online-learning/dap-teachersDevelopmentally Appropriate Practice: What Do Teachers Ne...
12/28/2020

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pd/online-learning/dap-teachers
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: What Do Teachers Need to Know? (On Demand)

Listen as early childhood education experts Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D, Marie Masterson, Ph.D. and Iheoma Iruka, Ph.D. reflect on NAEYC’s newly revised Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) position statement. Get insights on the core considerations, principles of child development, and guidelines for DAP in action.

Then, hear from preschool teachers, Garnett Booker and Megan King, as they share how they incorporate DAP into their teaching practice. This presentation focuses on what preschool teachers need to know about the revised DAP statement and how it impacts them most directly. Only $10 for NAEYC members!

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NVAEYC believes that every child, birth through age eight, has a safe, healthy environment with caring people who promote their well-being, meet their individual needs, and support learning through play. In collaboration with NAEYC, state, and local organizations, NVAEYC informs members and the community about relevant local, state, and federal policies as well as communicates with legislators, advocating on behalf of young children and the early care and education workforce.

Vision: Every child birth through age eight has a safe, healthy environment with caring people who promote their well-being, meet their individual needs, and support learning through play.

Mission: NVAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for every child birth through age eight. We connect practice, policy, and research to support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children in Northern Virginia.

Values: Advocates | Inclusive | Developmentally-Appropriate | Responsive | Professional

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Hello early childhood friends! While I know there are a lot of serious, high stakes things happening right now, I also know that one of my biggest self-care tactics is finding joy. Did you see that an art gallery challenged people to recreate famous paintings with objects around the house? Well I challenge you to recreate pages from your favorite children's books! We are currently doing this at my program (closed to children & families, teachers and administrators teleworking) and it has been a lot of fun. Let me see what you've got! :)
Attention ECE friends! As you may know, the House of Representatives Child Care Center (where I work) is expanding. Our infants and toddlers are in a brand new state-of-the-art facility and our new preschool space opens soon. We are hosting an Educator Open House on July 2nd, inviting early childhood professionals to come and take a peek at the new, amazing space. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educator-open-house-tickets-63815338395 and feel free to spread the word!
Are you, or someone you know, affected by the Government Shutdown? Here is a list of local companies who are ready to help you out! Share away! These discounts and services are active as of 1/15/19, you may want to confirm they are still valid after this date. Inclusion in this list does not equal endorsement. FOOD Many locations are offering a variety of discounts if you bring an ID. The ones listed below are for free/very reduced prices: &pizza: 6-8pm daily free pizza Gregorys: 12ox caffeinated beverages free with ID Jose Andres Restaurants (Oyamel, Zaytinya, America Eats, Beefsteak, Jaleo)- Free sandwich 2-5pm during work week Ri Ra Georgetown- Free Shepard’s Pie during lunch or dinner Hula Girl Truck: Free beer and burger during happy hour Maggiano’s Chevy Chase: 50% off for gov. employees ENTERTAINMENT Rosetta Stone: Free 3 month online subscription Woodrow Wilson House, National Building Museum, National Law Enforcement Museum, US Botanic Gardens, The Newseum, Lincoln’s Cottage, B&O Railroad Museum, Children’s Science Center- Open with free admission for feds Alexandria “Key to the City” Passes for numerous historic sites also City of Alexandria website lists many free classes etc. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movies Monday-Thursday Arena Stage and Creative Cauldron: Free tickets on limited dates GW, Howard, University of Maryland and GMU Basketball: Free tickets to men/women’s games with ID Fitness: Many fitness places are offering free classes or trial periods Bishops: Free haircuts Via: Free $10 credit with “ViaForLow” Reston Community Center is offering camp fee waivers for furloughed workers/Reston residents SERVICES “Pop-Up Grocery Stores”- Free food for federal workers/contractors. Saturdays 9-12. Check Capital Area Food Bank as locations might change: • 1050 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, Washington, D.C. 20018 • 6800 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Va. 22306 • 10480 Campus Way South, Largo, Md. 20774 • 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Md. 20748 • 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852 Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Lifeline- personalized recs for community resources: 202-644-9807 AT&T, Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile: Willing to work with affected employees on fees Bank of American, Chase, Congressional Federal Credit Union, Discover, FedChoice, Navy Federal, Wells Fargo, US Employees Credit Union, USAA, Democracy Federal Credit Union: Will work with affected employees Washington Gas and Pepco: Offers flexible payment plan Dominion Energy: If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty paying the electric bill, please call us at 866-366-4357. You may be eligible for payment arrangements or energy assistance funds. Beyer Automotive Group: Short-term no -interest loan for car serviced/repaired at their dealership May be eligible for “Unemployment compensation for federal employees” FlexJobs has a reduced rate for temp work searching FAIRFAX FCPS: Breakfast/Lunch will be provided to any student regardless of availability to pay. Unpaid balances will be allowed to accrue. We invite those in need to please contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for assistance. Our staff will help connect you to resources that can aid you during this time. School Age Child Care: families can apply for reduced fee/payment plan or to be placed on temporary inactive status. 703-449-8989 Fairfax Connector: Free bus rides system wide with ID Northern Virginia Family Services-Housing, Food Financial Assistance: 571-748-2552 ARLINGTON: The Department of Environmental Services will be waiving late fees on the County utility bill for furloughed federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. Affected customers should call the County’s Customer Contact Center at 703-228-6570 to see if we may able to assist in a payment arrangement to avoid any late fees. This will be on a case-by-case basis. If you are having trouble meeting a tax deadline due to the furlough, call the Treasurer’s Office at 703-228-4000 for information about the Taxpayer Assistance Program. Arlington Public Library may waive outstanding overdue fines for furloughed federal employees. Affected patrons should visit any location or contact the Library (703-228-5940) and provide a valid federal employee ID. The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a Fee Reduction Policy for individuals or families who might have difficulty paying park and recreation fees. Small businesses needing assistance can contact Arlington BizLaunch, the County’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network. Please contact the office if you are seeking assistance on how to restructure your business, financing or to discuss changes to your business strategy. VIENNA The Town of Vienna is delaying payment for Water & Sewer bills due January 31 until the furlough is over. No late fees will be assessed on these bills. To sign up stop by Town Hall with your federal ID or call water & sewer customer service @ 703-255-6385. Committee for Helping Others (Vienna)-Food/Financial Assistance: 703 281 7614 ALEXANDRIA If you are in a crisis and need to talk to someone, call the CrisisLink Hotline at 703.527.4077 or text “connect” to 85511 (for TTY, dial 711), or the Department of Community & Human Services Emergency Services at 703.746.3401. Food Assistance: https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/economicsupport/default.aspx?id=107606 ACPS Students can apply for free/reduced-price meals based on current income LOUDOUN COUNTY Fees waived for Loudoun County Transit MONTGOMERY COUNTY Website with all resources: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/fed_employee-furlough.html Manna Food Center (MoCo)- eliminated income requirements for assistance: (301) 424-1130 DC Website for coordinated services: https://dc.gov/shutdown PET Kriser Natural Pet and Bark! Pawsitive Petfood: Free bag of dog or cat food with ID PET FOOD PANTRIES District of Colombia Pet Pantry 1201 New York Avenue Washington, DC 20005 Must be a DC resident 202-735-0334 Northern Virginia Ani-Meals Program Humane Society of Fairfax County 4057 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-385-PETS (7387) Loudon Pet Pantry Loudoun County Animal Services 39820 Charles Town Pike Waterford, VA 20197 703-777-0406 Pet Food Pantry Prince William SPCA Woodbridge, VA 22195 571-748-2680 Maryland Pet FoodBank SPCA of Ann Arundel County 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403 443-632-8303 Emergency Pet Food Bank Frederick County Humane Society 550 Highland Street, STE 200 Frederick, MD 21701 301-694-8300 Chompers Pet Food Bank The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County 12 Park Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Must be a Montgomery County, MD resident 301-740-2511
Wonderful event today. Informative and inspirational. So proud of my fellow early childhood colleagues at NOVA for the NAEYC accreditation AND the recognition and award from NVAEYC today for this accomplishment. Liz Cassidy and team organized a successful summit!
Just registered for the NAEYC annual confernce in D.C. for Nov. 14-16. $295 early bird registration with member discount. Not bad! See you there !!!