Membership and Music - Cincinnati Wrap Up

Coming soon to a location near you in Dayton and Columbus!

Thank You to our sponsor, United Way Success by 6, and the United Way of Cincinnati


On September 23, parents, children and teachers joined together in a day of Membership and Music. Families came with their children to enjoy the music of David Kisor and Demi Mays. The concert provided the opportunity to share information about the new family membership category.


Lunch was a perfect time to network with teachers and family child care providers joining us for the afternoon workshop. We shared dreams about what we might do as the Southwest Ohio AEYC, a new affiliate of NAEYC. We talked about ways experienced members could mentor members around specific interests such as public policy or developing children’s portfolios. We even talked about forming a running (or walking) team to support community events while promoting exercise and good health as a member benefit.  If you are interested in these ideas or have more ideas to share, please contact our Membership Vice President, Kathy Benkert at …

 David’s afternoon workshop, Songs for a Peaceful Classroom, was considered “amazing” by participants who linked songs with broader social and emotional themes. Promoting resilience was an over-reaching topic.

Participants welcomed songs and strategies to promote peace in the classroom. Here’s a simple take-away for you to use to quiet the children in the classroom. 

Sit on the floor and take a deep breath. Make a fist with each hand and use your imagination.

Turning to your left, sing … Smell the flower

Turning to your right, sing...Blow the candle out 

David Kisor, Families, and Early Childhood Professionals having fun in Cincinnati!


  • University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash Campus
  • Contact Helene Harte for the latest information …


  • Cocktail Hour with a toast to launch our new affiliate: 4C Leadership & EC Conference
  • Location: Sharonville Convention Center/11355 Chester Road/Sharonville OH 45246
  • Included with Friday’s Registration at the 4C Leadership Conference
  • Welcome by NAEYC Affiliate Relations Director, Gwen Simmons
  • Sponsored by Discount School Supply

Click HERE to view the conference schedule and to register!

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Regional Early Learning Leaders Forum:
Supports for Children with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

Sinclair Community College in Mason, Community Room
November 30, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The event is free but space is limited. Registration will close on November 20 or when spaces are filled. Register here!

8:30-9:00 Refreshments and registration

9:00-9:45 Building Inclusive Child Care Systems in Ohio
Presenters: Laurie Dinnebeil, PhD, and William McInerney, PhD, University of Toledo
An overview of the current landscape of state initiatives to achieve full inclusion of children with disabilities in early care and education programs.

9:45-10:15 P.L.A.Y. Project
Presenters: Kelly Brooks, Margaret Cunningham, and Rebekah Doak, Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities
A partnership in Warren County resulted in an innovative new practice of providing coaching and support for Head Start teachers to support and include preschool children in their natural environments. An overview of P.L.A.Y. Project and Teaching P.L.A.Y. will be given, along with information about an upcoming collaboration with 4C for Children.

10:15–10:30 The School District Perspective
Presenter: Sarah Burdette, The Miami School, Hamilton City Schools

10:30-11:00 Panel discussion and responses to questions from participants.

Directions to Sinclair Mason


Free Family Concert
Free Family Concert
Songs for a Peaceful Classroom
Songs for a Peaceful Classroom
Xavier University Montessori Lab School Program Tour
Xavier University Montessori Lab School Program Tour

March 6, 2018 • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Xavier University
Joseph Hall Building
1024 Dana Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229

Please contact Jacki Leader to RSVP:

The Xavier University Montessori Lab School is hosting a tour of their program!  Come see the Montessori philosophy of education first hand.

About the Xavier University Montessori Lab School:

The philosophy of Montessori education is founded on the respect and reverence of the child.  This method of education nurtures and cultivates the unique qualities each child possesses through engaging, meaningful, multi sensory lessons, activities, and materials. Embedded in our teaching practices is inquiry, wonderment, discovery, and joy; children are engaged learners constructing their knowledge and applying it in their lives.

As part of our mission we educate a diverse community of learners thereby enriching our experiences and appreciation for one another as well as celebrating our individuality. We are most proud of our students and their demonstrated kindness and respect toward one another.

The Xavier Montessori Lab School is nationally and internationally recognized for its standard of Montessori education.  The holistic education of the child is also dependent on the partnership with our families.  Teachers, parents, administration, and staff collaborate on activities, events, and functions to enrich our students learning and support our spirit of community.

The mission of the Xavier University Montessori Lab School is to educate children from many cultures and diverse communities.  Our responsibility is to be a demonstration lab school to reflect the philosophy and methods of the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Xavier University.  It is our job to develop the whole child by observing, documenting, and assessing.