NAEYC Conference

That’s right!  We are here.  What an event.  It spans across the Anaheim convention center and neighboring hotels.  There are more signs driving in for where NAEYC than Disneyland! 

My colleague Cindy and I are in complete fascination and admiration of the people that come here from all over the world to learn more so he or she can provide better education and care to children.

We have met people from all over the United States from New York to South Dakota to Michigan to Puerto Rico!  We’ve met several people from Canada, the Bermudas and believe it or not, the United Kingdom!  They are representatives of their institutions, professors of their universities child development programs, directors of centers, teachers from public and private centers, Head Start teachers and facilitators, family day care providers and even parents, not affiliated with anyone.

The exhibitors that are here range from furniture for children to publishers and playground equipment to organizations like our neighbor booth that publish materials and speak to children and educators to encourage people to accept cultural diversities within the family unit (name coming soon.

For those of you that could not be here for a myriad of reasons, you are being represented by a great bunch of people.  Thank you for all that you do.  Off to the conference for now but wanted to let you all know that the atmosphere here is nothing but inspirational for our young children’s futures in education.

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.