Annual Membership meeting

2020 Annual Membership Meeting

Dear DeAEYC members,

I am hoping this message finds everyone healthy and happy and excited to begin a new decade!

2020 promises to be an exciting year for our profession.  Congress has voted an additional $1.1 billion in the budget which increases funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start, and the Preschool Development Grant.  It is certainly a move in the right direction, but we all know that more is needed to provide young children with the quality early childhood experiences they deserve. 

NAEYC has been the voice of ECE for many years, and I am proud of the many invaluable initiatives and projects that Delaware’s affiliate—DeAEYC—has led and contributed to with impressive commitment and intellect.

DeAEYC’s Annual Meeting will take place at the DeAEYC office in Newark on Thursday, January 16, from 6:00-8:00pm.  Please join your colleagues as we celebrate the successes and look ahead to the work ahead.

Lucinda Ross

DeAEYC Board of Directors, president


Conferences and Fundraisers

2020 Administrator Forum Registration NOW OPEN!


Member/Non-Member Options


Committee Meetings

deaeyc welcomes all members to attend any of our committee meetings! If you are not a member, we would love for you to consider joining and being a part of these wonderful opportunities to support ECE in Delaware!

 The Professional Development Committee: The purpose of the Professional Development Committee is to cultivate leadership and incubate innovation strategies that propel the field, profession, and systems of early learning.  This committee will help deaeyc increase its membership and be known as a provider of high quality professional and leadership development, ultimately supporting the sustainability of the organization.  Goals of the committee’s work include providing early childhood programs and professionals throughout the state with access to Delaware AEYC’s resources, content and early childhood systems expertise and pursuing opportunities for innovative projects that fit the mission and forward moving direction of the organization. Pat Belle-Scruggs, Chair



 The Public Policy Committee: The purpose of the Public Policy Committee is to educate, advocate for, and assist in the implementation of early care and education policies that support the well being of Delaware’s children, families and early childhood professionals.  The committee’s work supports NAEYC’s strategic goals that children birth through age eight have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high-quality early learning and that the early childhood profession is recognized as vital and performing a critical role in society.  The committee meets on a regular basis throughout the year to discuss support for policy and advocacy related issues, assist in the planning of events such as Delaware’s Early Childhood Advocacy Day, shall communicate to the membership relevant national and state level policy proposals and actions, and make advocacy recommendations to the board. Angela Malabet and Phyllis Roland, Co-Chairs




Fundraising Committee: The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to increase public and private donations for deaeyc to promote the mission that supports the strategic goals of NAEYC.  The committee’s work is to plan strategic fundraising activities and to identify sources of funds from a diverse mix of sources. The committee’s work supports fundraising to generate and conduct activities that enhance revenues for the programming, advancement, and continued work of deaeyc for Delaware’s children birth to age eight and their families.  The committee meets monthly to develop an action plan, along with Executive Director, to connect with respective networks for potential donors of money, time and in-kind support.   Janet Leishman, Chair



Membership Committee: The purpose of the Membership Committee is to organize, recruit, and maintain the membership of the association.  The committee meets regularly to make sure they are serving the needs of our community. They reflect and discuss how to maintain membership, what has worked and what hasn’t. The committee is constantly looking at ways to recruit new members and what can be offered to them.  We firmly believe and support the mission statement of NAEYC which says, “NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research.” We join with NAEYC to provide the support that our early childhood educators need to provide a high-quality early learning experience for each child. Meg Burns, Chair