A Letter from the Board President

A Letter from Jenny Douglas, sazaeyc Board President

February 12, 2017

Dear SAzAEYC Members, Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

We are pleased to announce that on January 25, 2017, the NAEYC Governing Board approved SAzAEYC’s application to be an affiliate.

In a letter of congratulations, NAEYC Chief Executive Officer Rhian Evans Alvin wrote,  “The dedication and commitment Southern Arizona has shown throughout this process has been extraordinary, and we are grateful for the time and effort you and your board have devoted not only to this process, but to the newly, defined relationship between NAEYC and its Affiliates….  On behalf of the NAEYC National Governing Board, and in particular the Affiliate Relations Committee and our national staff, we are delighted to be working with you and we look forward to building a professional membership association early childhood educators can’t live without.”

What does SAzAEYC being an affiliate mean to you as Members, Colleagues, Partners, and Friends?

First and foremost, SAzAEYC’s work for over 50 years supporting the early childhood profession and high-quality early learning will continue by:

  • Hosting the annual fall conference that draws over 25 presenters, 30 exhibitors and 500 enthusiastic early childhood educators from over three states to learn as professionals together,
  • Partnering with the AzAEYC affiliate, NAEYC, and local organizations, like United Way, to advance the early childhood profession statewide and nationally through strategic, collaborative initiatives, and
  • Ensuring that our voices are heard locally and nationally in support of those we all serve – children as well as families and early childhood professionals.

In addition, look for the new opportunities SAzAEYC’s affiliate status is creating:

  • increased involvement in new partnerships in the community, statewide, and nationally, such as the local Strong Start ballot initiative, and the Western States Leadership Networking event hosted by SAzAEYC in Tucson 7/12-7/15/17
  • more member events to both educate and inform each other such as our annual awards brunch (save the date for 5/6/17 in a new exciting location), and
  • additional ways for us to make our profession and young children’s education better.

The SAzAEYC Board wants to move forward with you. We encourage SAzAEYC members, colleagues, partners, and friends to reach out to us and partner with us on the innovative opportunities that the affiliate status provides us.

As the SAzAEYC President and a member of the early childhood community, I want to express my gratitude to all the SAzAEYC board members and staff who have worked so hard over the last several years to complete this process.

Warm regards,
Jenny Douglas
SAzAEYC Board President