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Welcome to the website for the Greater Fairfield Region Chapter (GFRC)
of Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children.
We are the local chapter of the state (CTAEYC) and national (NAEYC) organizations.

Board Members

President: Dana Gorman

Secretary: Laurie Franzino

Fiscal Officer: Clarissa Moore

Vice President of Programs & Services: Brooke Nilsen

Vice President of Membership Services: Sarah M Marrocco-Velez

Vice President of Chapter Relations: Rosalie Witt

Vice President of Public Policy: Mary Oster

Board Meetings

All meetings will be held at 4:30 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Norwalk Public Schools Welcome Center.  The Welcome Center is in the large white building at the intersection of East Ave., Wall St. and Park St.  The entrance to the parking lot is on Wall St.  From I-95 going towards the Norwalk Green, turn left at the intersection and then an immediate right into the parking lot.  Parking should be fine but if there is another meeting it can be tight.  Additional parking is available across Wall St. at the Norwalk Historical Society (next to the red brick building). 


A letter from our chapter President: 

Hello there!  If you are a member of NAEYC, you are also a member of CTAEYC,  and if you live in our region, you are also a member of the Greater Fairfield Region Chapter called GFRC.  My name is Dana, and I am the President of our chapter.   I am currently the Educational Director of The Community Cooperative Nursery School and the teacher of The Fours Class, as well.  I have been there for 21 years.  Previous to that, I taught Kindergarten in Greenwich, CT, for nine years.


In 2017 I went to a welcome event for GFRC of CTAEYC. I left that meeting inspired to work with the passionate, dedicated educators trying to elevate our field and help teachers of young children and directors continue to be lifelong learners.  I became the Vice President of Professional Development, working to bring the high-quality professional development for which our chapter is known and appreciated.  Working as a part of this group, I am continuously learning and being inspired. I want to invite you to do the same.


Our field needs our voices.  Our meetings are open to everyone-they are chapter meetings.  I invite you to attend and see for yourself.  You do not need to be a board member.  We do plan professional development for our area, and support our state affiliate, but we also network, support one another, discuss relevant topics, listen to speakers and share our struggles and successes.   If you’d like to know how to become a member of NAEYC, please click here.  Reach out to us at if you'd like to be on the email reminder about meetings. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as well. You do not need to be a member to attend our meetings.  In fact, at every meeting we raffle off a membership to NAEYC, so encourage those who'd like to learn more about our professional organization to attend.  


I hope to see you there.

Dana Gorman

GFRC President


Contact us at:

Greater Fairfiled Region Chapter Events


We are excited to welcome Maurice Sykes,
director of the Early Childhood Leadership
Institute and author of Child Care Justice:

Transforming the System of Care for Young Children.
Maurice will lead us through an honest reflection about anti-bias work
and what it looks like with young children.


  • Understand Power Dynamics Within an Organization 

  • Define diversity and Inclusion.

  • Explore the Dimensions of Diversity

  • Identify Effective Communications Strategies

  • Develop the Skills of Inclusive Leadership

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Setting the Stage to Lead Effective Anti-Bias Education in your Program:
A deep dive for directors, administrators, and teachers.

Saturday March 23 - 10:00-11:30

Are you a member of NAEYC?
Do you have an OEC Professional Registry?
Select an item ($)

Included is a virtual follow -up to connect
about progress, ask questions and
continue to move the conversation forward.
April 25 th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

**This Professional Development is funded by the Laboratory Schools Investments Initiative (LSII). LSII is a collaboration of the CT Office of Early Childhood and the Connecticut State
Colleges and Universities that uses American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to sustain and support Connecticut's lab schools the ECE Workforce pipeline, and high-quality early
childhood programming statewide.

Kids in Preschool

Public Policy

We collaborate with the CTAEYC Public Policy Committee to monitor legislative and administrative policy developments that affect young children, their families, early childhood educators and early care professionals, on the local, state, national and international level.  


If you are not a member please click here to join NAEYC online.

Please be sure that you select CTAEYC as your state affiliate.

If you are already a member, please be sure to check when your membership expires and keep it up to date.

In order to get the discounted rate at our workshops you need to be a member.

(Remember that is another benefit for becoming a member).

For more info on membership:  Check out our NEW membership video!

Become a Member

o  Join or Renew NAEYC Membership

o  Member Benefits

o  Membership FAQ

o  Membership Options

o  NAEYC Affiliates

o  NAEYC Members Only

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