NAEYC Conference 2015 Summary

In November 2015 I had the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to attend the National NAEYC conference. This opportunity helped me grow as a child care provider and future administrator. It was truly an honor to be a part of such a large event and surrounded by people with the same career path as me.

When I first got to Florida I did not know what to expect. Everything was a new experience to me, so I went into the conference totally open-minded. One of the first parts of the week was meet and listen from the Keynote speaker, Mrs. Ruby Bridges one of Americas youngest civil right movement figures. Her story really impacted the audience. Mrs. Ruby talk about how her teacher (Barbara Henry) impacted her life as well as diversity and inclusion in education and the collective impact teachers can have if they organize together.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) was proud this year to announce an exciting a new initiative focusing on sharing lessons and experiences of best practice in classrooms from the United States to China. Good Start was debuted during the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference. NAEYC’s vision is to provide a valuable experience for our numerous Mandarin Chinese-speaking attendees through sessions that address important issues in early childhood education in both the United States and China, and that share understandings of best practice with relevant application in China and in Mandarin–English, dual language programs for young children.

I also got to meet and take pictures with the Board President CAROL BUNSON DAY and the Executive Director RHIAN EVANS and my favorite JOSE LUIS OROSCO bilingual (Spanish-English) children’s author, educator, and recording artist. He has written three award winning books, De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children (Dutton 1994), Diez Deditos — Ten Little Fingers (Dutton 1997), and Fiestas (Dutton 2002). Orozco recorded 13 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children's Music and his songs have been taught by two generations of teachers. Orozco was a presenter at numerous educational conferences and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers who seek to use music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms.

Overall my NAYEC trip was one of the best experiences. I was able to meet and share information with men and women in this career. I will be able to take the things I learned from the NAYEC conference into my FCC program and use them for the rest of my life. It was one step closer to becoming a better child care provider and a reminder to myself that I took the right path.


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