Conferences and Fundraisers

Save the date!! Our next Administrative Forum

2020 Admin. Forum Save the Date


TEDx Talk

The TEDxGoldeyBeacomCollegeSalon on early childhood education, entitled "The Inception of the Educational Journey" has added our very own Dr. Michelle Shaivitz, Executive Director as the moderator of the event. The event will be held at the International Montessori School in Pike Creek on Thursday, August 29th from 6:00-8:30pm with time for networking afterwards.  Light refreshments will be served.  Our diverse and informed speakers for the event include:

Stuart Comstock-Gay - President, Delaware Community Foundation

Logan Herring - CEO, REACH Riverside 

Caroline Jones - President and Founder, Kind To Kids Foundation

Jill Slader - Director, International Montessori School

Dr. Timothy Purnell - CEO, American Montessori Society

Lucinda Ross - Executive Director, St. Michael's School and Nursery and President, DEAEYC

Dawn Alexander - Preschool Expansion Coordinator, Colonial School District




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