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Who we are:


We are PennAEYC, the Pennsylvania state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We represent more than 5,300 individual members and 13 local affiliate chapters across the state. We are a 501(c)(3) guided by a Board of Directors.


What we do:

  • build and participate in collaborations and connections across the state
  • promote and practice advocacy for funding high quality children's programs and services
  • represent members and early care and education providers on various committees & task forces
  • publish online and print newsletters
  • provide technical assistance, leadership support, and networking for our  local affiliate chapters


Where we come from:
PennAEYC was officially formed on October 16, 1983.  This marked the culmination of many years of hard work and long hours in both meetings and travel by a small group of dedicated people representing their local affiliate group.  Pennsylvania was one of the last large states to form a state affiliate.  Many states started with only a state affiliate and after many years local groups came into being.  In Pennsylvania, the opposite was true and it took a great deal of planning and devoted work to form the state affiliate.  PennAEYC represents all NAEYC members in Pennsylvania, including those in local affiliate groups as well as those unaffiliated with any local affiliate.

Past PennAEYC Presidents:
  • Nathalie Borozny 2013-2015
  • Michelle Zitch 2011-2013
  • Terry Thomas 2009-2011
  • Linda Ehrlich, 2007-2008
  • Liz Vaughan, 2005-2006
  • Pat Miiller, 2004-2005
  • Nancy Grausam, 2002-2003
  • Nancy Sayre, 2000-2001
  • Kent Chrisman
  • Sandi Waite-Stupiansky
  • Jane Allis
  • Marsha Poster