Greater Fairfield Region Chapter

(Formerly: The Fairfield County Association for the Education of Young Children/FCAEYC)

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

Our Contact:  

Questions? Contact the Greater Fairfield Region Chapter of CTAEYC at:  [email protected]

Our Mission:

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 newsletters, workshops, and forums.

Our Vision:

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 FCAEYC to achieve goal 1 and 2.

Our Values:

GFRC’s value statements are as follows:

  • Garnering the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of people by providing opportunities for participation. Contribution, and building consensus on critical issues;
  • Valuing and respecting diverse viewpoints and perspectives in all aspects of the practice of early childhood education;
  • Promoting inclusion, access, and nondiscrimination in the full range of programs serving young children, their families, and adults preparing to work in early childhood;
  • 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;
  • Encouraging and supporting a strong network of Affiliates who provide leadership and professionals growth opportunities at all levels;
  • Supporting the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes through education, persuasion, and modeling;
  • Designing activities and products that promote recognition of early childhood professional expertise;

Building and maintaining a strong organizational structure governance, communication, financial base, headquarters staff and facility- 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:  Vacant
Vice President and Professional Development Chair:  Beth Purcell
Accreditation:  Beth Purcell
Public Policy :  Beth Nickerson
At Large Members:  Margee Ready, Beth Nickerson, Maureen Murphy, Carol Hammond
Nominating: Jennifer Wood

Our Workshops:

We will be posting all of our workshops and other events here, so be sure to stay tuned and check back for updates.

Our 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.  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

Our Membership:

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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