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 (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.

Our Contact:  

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

Our Meetings:  

Please click the link below for a schedule of our upcoming chapter meetings.

Chapter Meeting Dates 2018-2019 

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: 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

Our Workshops:


Greater Fairfield Region Chapter of CTAEYC and CTAEYC Present:

Annual Celebration of Children

Using Loose Parts to Promote STEAM, Creativity and Innovation in Your Classroom
Miriam Beloglovsky

Join us as we kick off the yearly celebration of the Week of the Young Children with a day of learning that celebrates how children learn best – through play and loose parts. Our presenter is offering a morning session for Preschool Teachers and an afternoon session focused on Infant and Toddler Teachers. Come to learn about how to infuse creativity and innovation into your curriculum while also building social competence and higher order thinking skills.

Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and has had the pleasure of advising and guiding students for over twenty-five years. She is a strong advocate for children, youth, and families, and consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs, including THRIVE Family Development Network and My Street of Dreams. She has served as a keynote speaker, presenter, and board member to a number of organizations and conferences. Miriam is the coauthor of the popular award-winning Loose Parts series and Early Learning Theories Made Visible.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Housatonic Community College
Events Room, 900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT 06604

10 am-12 pm ~ Loose Parts to Promote STEAM-Preschool Teachers, Directors, Administrators
Member Price $40.00
Non-member Price $50.00
*Platform Participants $Free

1 pm-3 pm ~ Using Loose Parts with Infants and Toddlers to Promote STEM Concepts-Infant and Toddler Teachers, Directors, Administrators
Member Price $40.00
Non-member Price $50.00
*Platform Participants $Free

* Special note: CT Early Childhood Professional Development Platform Participants can attend free of charge through funds provided by the CT Office of Early Childhood and the CT United Way.  This group includes those who have already enrolled in the Platform.  For more information on joining this platform, click on the tab at the top of the page.

Thank you to CTAEYC for being our event co-sponsor.

Deadline to register is March 15, 2019

Click here to register!

Click here for event flyer

Additional Event Notes:

• 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 (see registration form to RSVP.)  Lunch is included with your registration. 
• Coffee and water will be offered prior to presentations.
• Bring your copy of Loose Parts or purchase one at the event. Miriam will sign books following her 10:00 am session.

For info, contact the Greater Fairfield Region Chapter of CTAEYC at: [email protected]

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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