Greater Hartford Region Chapter

(Formerly: The Hartford Association for the Education of Young Children/HAEYC)

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

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

Our Mission:

The mission of the Greater Hartford Region Chapter of CTAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children, families and community, with primary focus on the provision of educational Services and resources to adults who work with and for young children.

Our Workshops:

We are happy to announce a new professional development event:

Music: A Building Block for Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom

Presenter: Michelle K. Russell MA, MT-BC

Wednesday, December 5th
Snow Date: December 12th
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (presentation begins at 6 pm)

This event is taking place at:
Tunxis Community College
271 Scott Swamp Rd
Farmington, CT 06032
Room 6-374 (3rd floor of the 600 building)

Cost: $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members

Please join us for this informative evening.  A light dinner will be provided.

Participants will learn how to incorporate music and sound play activities into the early childhood classroom and support healthy self-regulation development. What makes a successful music or sound play activity? Why are good quality instruments important? How do I use music and sound play beyond “circle time”? What CTELDS guidelines am I addressing with these activities? What am I doing in my classroom that already supports self-regulation development? Participants will engage in music making and brainstorming to build upon the knowledge they have as educators.

Click here to register online

Hope to see you there!
For questions, please contact:
[email protected]


Our Board Members:

Adrienne Ricciardi – President
Maegan Adams – Vice President and Fiscal officer
Courtney Schiavone – Program and services
Christina Orzechowski – Program and services
Tracey Tomlinson – CTAEYC Rep
Suzanne Rutner – At Large

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!

Become a Member: