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



The mission of GFRC is to support, promote and advocate for high quality early childhood care and education throughout our community for young children, families and professionals.  We accomplish this mission by offering a variety of opportunities to meet other professionals in the field and to network with people who work in a diverse group of early childhood settings. These opportunities include workshops and forums that promote networking and individualized learning through self-reflection.



GFRC’s vision focuses on three broad goals:

Goal 1. Facilitating improvements in the professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education by creating professional development opportunities/resources and by setting and promoting standards of professional practice;

Goal 2. Improving public understanding and support and funding of high-quality programs in centers, homes, and schools serving young children and their families through public initiatives and public awareness and engagement activities; and

Goal 3. Building and maintaining a strong diverse, and inclusive organization that enables GFRC to achieve goal 1 and 2.



o  Garnering the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of people by providing opportunities for participation, contribution, and building consensus on critical issues;

o  Valuing and respecting diverse viewpoints and perspectives in all aspects of the practice of early childhood education;

o  Promoting inclusion, access, and nondiscrimination in the full range of programs serving young children, their families, and adults preparing to work in early childhood;

o  Designing programs and services that support individuals and collective efforts to improve all early childhood programs that operates with a variety of sponsors, funding sources, and structures;

o  Encouraging and supporting a strong network of Chapters who provide leadership and professionals growth opportunities at all levels;

o  Supporting the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes through education, inspiration, and modeling;

o  Designing learning experiences and products that promote recognition of early childhood professional expertise;

o  Building and maintaining a strong organizational structure and presence to provide leadership, coordination and services.



Our Board Members:

Co- Presidents: Joan Parris and Rosalie Witt

Past President: Priscilla Woyke

Vice President and Communications Chair: Jen Heslin

Vice President and Professional Development Chair: Dana Gorman

Public Policy: Beth Nickerson

At Large Members: Margee Ready, Beth Nickerson, Maureen Murphy, Carol Hammond, Kathy Stewart, Marianne Kay

Nominating: Vacant




Contact the Greater Fairfield Region Chapter of CTAEYC at: 





Please note: This event has been cancelled in light of the global pandemic,

and more information will become available soon.


Annual Celebration of Children

 Building Strong Readers



Joan Kelley

Our Annual Celebration of Children culminates a year of focus on early language and literacy in the early childhood environment. Join us as we invite Joan Kelly to guide our thinking and practice. In her two-part session Joan will provide a critical overview of what it takes to read successfully and the rationale for why families need to be involved early, and how. We are happy to invite parents/caregivers to this session.  The second session is designed for teachers with an interactive format focused on vocabulary and higher order thinking.  


Joan Gould Kelley was a former teacher and part of the Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for over a decade, where she researched, wrote articles for the field, and worked with teachers and educational leaders to help them implement the kind of instruction that successfully builds children’s reading skills. Joan believes that this work is most effectively accomplished in cooperative partnership with families and offer methods to achieve this goal as well.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Housatonic Community College

Events Room, 900 Lafayette Boulevard

Bridgeport, CT 06604


10 am-12 pm - Caregivers, Parents, Teachers, Directors, Administrators

Member Price $40.00

Non-member Price $50.00


1 pm- 2:30 pm -

Teachers, Directors, Administrators

Member Price $40.00

Non-member Price $50.00


Deadline to register is April 10, 2020


Click here to register!


Additional Event Notes:

  • The morning overview session is required to attend the afternoon session.  

  • Beth Bye, Office of Early Childhood Commissioner, will be speaking during our luncheon.

  • Both sessions are welcome to attend lunch. An RSVP is required to attend. Lunch is included with your registration.

  • Coffee and water will be offered prior to presentations.

Click here to view the

event flyer

Thanks to the partnership our Greater Fairfield Region Chapter has with The Children's School in Stamford, our members are able to attend workshops free of charge.


Check back for new opportunities in September 2020.



Not a CTAEYC member yet? 

Click Here to join today and take advantage of all the benefits of membership, including free and reduced rates for our events!



All events are sponsored by:

The Children’s School

118 Scofieldtown Road

Stamford, CT 06903



Please R.S.V.P to Maureen Murphy at (203) 358-3210.



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.  For more information, visit the following websites:

CT Early Childhood Alliance

CT Office of Early Childhood

CT Department of Education


CT Commission on Children

CT Office of the Child

CT Voices for Children

Interested in getting all the latest public policy updates? Sign up for NAEYC Children’s Champions.

Follow this link to find your Connecticut legislators


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!

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