Greater New Haven Region Chapter

(Formerly: The New Haven Association for the Education of Young Children/NHAEYC)

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

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

Our Mission:

The mission of the Greater New Haven Region Chapter of CTAEYC is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children, their families and the early childhood professionals who support them. We plan and implement professional development opportunities, offer a chance to network with colleagues, and work to keep you informed of current trends and public policy issues in the early childhood field.

Our Board Members:

Co-President:  Karen Pascale, Early Head Start Director, United Way of Greater New Haven
Co-President:  Michelle DellaCamera
Secretary:  Kathy Michel, Director, Children’s Preschool
Fiscal Officer:  Allison Batson, Teacher, Helen St. SR Preschool

Our Workshops:

We are happy to announce 2 new workshops this Fall!

Tuesday October 23, 2018
5:30pm light supper
6-7:30pm presentation “Let’s Talk About Guns” with Sandra Malmquist (Creating Kids)
ECRC, Connecticut Children’s Museum, 22 Wall St (corner of Wall and Orange)
New Haven, CT
Free parking available in the lot behind the museum on Wall Street
Free event for all participants, pre-registration is not required
Spanish translation provided
Voter registration opportunity provided by League of Women Voters

Wednesday November 28, 2018
6-8pm “Science is All Around Us” with Jessica McLawhon (Gateway Community College), Shandra Cotton (NHPS), Marissa Bivona (formerly Calvin Hill), Charlie Malone (Leila Day) and Megan Kaminski (WHDC)
Bethesda Lutheran Church (Campanius Room on lower level), New Haven, CT
Limited parking is available in the front parking lot at 450 Whitney Avenue where the Campanius Room is at ground level. You may also park in the back along St. Ronan Street and enter through Bethesda Nursery School at 305 St. Ronan St (stairs required).
Food is not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own snack or beverage. The room can be chilly. Dress accordingly.

This workshop is free for NAEYC members. Non-members pay $10. Students and seniors (with ID) pay $5. Pre-registration is not required.  Pay at the door.

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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

We strive to keep the general membership informed of policy developments mentioned above by written notices, email, telephone calls, and through membership mailings, as well as announcements at membership meetings.

We collaborate with the CTAEYC Public Policy Committee to take responsibility for developing position statements, submitting testimony at public hearings, and participating in debates and meetings pertaining to public policy issues relevant to the Greater New Haven Region Chapter of CTAEYC and consistent with our goals and ideals.

Follow this link to find your Connecticut legislators

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

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: