Are you talking to yourself or listening to yourself?


Are you talking to yourself
or listening to yourself?


Saturday, May 23, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Cost: FREE

As a professional in early care and education, in your community and the state of Ohio, how are you? Here at Southwest Ohio AEYC, we really want to know and care about your resilience.

From our work with young children, we know that if we can put what we are feeling and experiencing into words that it can be talked about. What are you saying and doing to keep hope alive?

Social connection is one of our protective factors against risk. Please join us and other professionals like yourself online for conversation and strategies for promoting your continued wellness.

Click below to register:


— Sponsored by — 

Part One: Issues, Pitfalls, and Being Developmentally Supportive

Part One:

Issues, Pitfalls, and
Being Developmentally Supportive


Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Are you a teacher, parent, family member, or advocate interested in learning about remote early learning? Join us for a multi-part series of online panel discussions exploring different aspects of remote early learning featuring experts from Southwest Ohio!


Click below to register—spots are limited!


— Sponsored by —




— Featured Panelists —

Reopening Child Care in Ohio

On Monday, May 18th at 1 PM, we invite you to join us for an informational webinar on the reopening of Ohio’s child care programs beginning May 31, 2020. This webinar is hosted by Groundwork Ohio, Dayton Preschool Promise/Learn to Earn Dayton, OACCP, OAEYC, OCCRRA, and Southwest Ohio AEYC. Speakers on the webinar will review information that has been shared thus far by ODJFS, offer insights from other providers, and share opportunities to advocate for Ohio's child care system.

This webinar will include:

  • An overview of information shared by ODJFS thus far
  • Considerations for programs upon reopening
  • Steps you can take to advocate for your program and the children you serve
  • … and more!



Join us for a free webinar:

Pandemic Child Care Provider Discussion Forum

Friday, April 3 • 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Join us for an informational webinar on Friday, April 3rd from 1-2 PM facilitated by OACCP with support from Dayton Preschool Promise/Learn to Earn Dayton, Groundwork Ohio, Ohio AEYC, OCCRRA, Southwest Ohio AEYC and others. This webinar is geared toward center-based and family child care providers who are operating pandemic child care programs.

A panel of pandemic child care providers will share:

  • Administrative procedures
  • Staffing challenges and strategies
  • Best practices in cleaning and sanitation
  • Additional challenges and opportunities

Register Here


Join us for a free webinar on

Supporting Early Educators’ Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, March 23 • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Featuring Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, M.Ed.

During this stressful time, we know that so many of Ohio’s early educators have continued providing nurturing, quality care for our youngest children and support for their families. We’ve hosted several informational webinars over the past several days geared toward center and family child care owners, directors, and administrators. On Monday, we want to take some time to provide support to the early education community as a whole—including teachers—and share strategies for supporting your mental health during this time.

At 6:30 PM on Monday, March 23rd, Groundwork Ohio, Ohio AEYC, and Southwest Ohio AEYC will be hosting a webinar featuring an early childhood field favorite, Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, M.Ed.

We hope you will share this opportunity with your network and encourage them to participate!

Register Here

Hosted by: Groundwork Ohio, Ohio AEYC, Southwest Ohio AEYC
Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, M.Ed.

About Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, M.Ed.

Nefertiti is an author, public speaker and provider of professional learning for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. She began her career as a preschool and kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, and in her 10 years with Devereux, she has promoted the social-emotional health and resilience of individuals, families and communities. Nefertiti uses humor, personal stories and a spirit of enthusiastic optimism to help others “build their bounce.”

She is co-author of the Teacher’s Choice Award Winning resource, Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children and Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, designed to help caregivers build their own resilience. In 2010, The Devereux Foundation awarded Nefertiti the 21st Annual Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship Award, recognizing her leadership abilities and her accomplishments in developing research-based training programs and resources which support the social emotional health and resilience of children and adults.

Ohio Early Childhood Equitable Access Coalition

The Equitable Access Coalition is pleased to announce the upcoming Regional Advocacy Training Schedule for Groundwork Ohio's Race & Rural Equity Report. These trainings will build and align an informed and vocal advocacy base to promote increased investment in quality early childhood and school-age programming for all of Ohio’s children.

Register for the event closest to you in the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR).  The April 26, 2019 (Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity) and April 27, 2019 (The Art of Advocacy) sessions are part of the Ohio AEYC Conference – attendees must be registered for the conference in order to attend.

Download the schedule (PDF).


TWO Columbus Events 01/26

Safe on Saturday - Dayton Flyer

The Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (SWOAEYC) Dayton Chapter is presenting a joint venture, with Dayton Children’s Hospital and The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development, for Safe on Saturday/Month of the Young Child with the Dayton Metro Library. This program will be at the Main Library on Saturday, March 23, 2019 on the first floor in the Eichelberger Forum. The event will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for children and parents.

Safe On Saturday includes free sensory, large & small motor activities, music, storytelling, and a variety of hands-on health & safety activities for children with information for parents. Chris Rowland, Outreach Environmental Education Specialist, will provide entertainment after the Mayor’s Proclamation.

Month of the Young Child (MOYC) has been celebrated locally while nationally the Week of the Young Child is April 8-12, 2019 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is an annual week celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year’s theme is Children’s Opportunities-Our Responsibilities. 

Download the flyer here!


Family Concert

Family Concert

A FREE event for families and young children (Birth - 3rd Grade)

Featuring David Kisor
Bring your children to sing, dance, and move to the music of David Kisor.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:30 PM – 12:30 PM
Eagle Rock Church
6810 Blacklick-Eastern Rd NW, Pickerington, OH 43147

Click here to download the Family Concert flyer!

Songs for a Peaceful Classroom

Songs for a Peaceful Classroom

A workshop for Early Childhood Professionals
Ohio Approved 3 Hours (ST# 10071571)

Featuring David Kisor

Take a musical journey to a peaceful classroom through conflict resolution, focusing energy in a positive way, taking time to breathe, and preparing the classroom (& ourselves) for peace.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eagle Rock Church
6810 Blacklick-Eastern Rd NW, Pickerington, OH 43147

$25.00 Registration Fee (Lunch included)

SWOAEYC members will receive a FREE digital download card from Growing Sound!

Registration is required.  Click here to register.

Click here to download the workshop flyer!

Columbus Toys for Tots
Columbus Toys for Tots
4C Conference


Are you a Southwest Ohio AEYC standard or premium member interested in attending the upcoming
4C Leadership and Early Childhood Conference?

Learn more about the conference...

Click here to apply for a scholarship!


Columbus Meet & Greet - October 24

Columbus Meet & Greet
Power to the Profession Logo

Come join SWOAEYC and NAEYC for a conversation on empowering the early childhood profession!

Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children is hosting a conversation to advance the early childhood education profession.

What is Power to the Profession?

Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation.

Power to the Profession: A Conversation with NAEYC

Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Voice of America MetroPark, Lakeview Room
7850 VOA Park Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069
A light dinner will be served.
Space is limited. Registration closes September 14.
This event is for members only.


Columbus Meet & Greet


Columbus Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 24, 2018 • 6:00 PM -9:00 PM

Prost Beer & Wine Cafe
7354 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Come enjoy appetizers, fun, and fellowship with Central Ohio early childhood professionals!


Teacher Appreciation Week 2018

Show your appreciation for Southwest Ohio early childhood teachers!

May 7-11, 2018

Teachers who work with young children, from birth through 3rd Grade, play a vital role in our communities. Next week, Southwest Ohio AEYC would like to hear why you appreciate Southwest Ohio early childhood teachers.
From May 7-11, Share why you appreciate Southwest Ohio early childhood teachers with our @swoaeyc Twitter account and use the hashtag #SWOhioECE.
Print out the template using the link below, write why you appreciate #SWOhioECE teachers, and take a photo of yourself, with a teacher, with a child, or with your colleagues!

Looking for gift ideas for an early childhood teacher?

Consider the gift of NAEYC membership! Membership starts as low as $30 annually. You could even join with others to purchase a higher level membership! Early childhood professionals love NAEYC membership for the resources, networking, subscriptions, and being part of the premier membership association for early learning (Birth-8) professionals! Be sure to select Southwest Ohio as the state-level affiliate!
How about a book from NAEYC? Find books on social and emotional development, extending children's thinking, STEM, and more! NAEYC has books to fit any budget and NAEYC members, including Family members, enjoy a NAEYC Store discount. Early childhood professionals always enjoy more resources and ideas for their classroom!
A big thanks to all Southwest Ohio early childhood teachers!  We appreciate you!
Safe on Saturday

Saturday, April 28, 2018  •  11:00AM - 2:00PM

Dayton Metro Library, Main Branch
215 E. 3rd St. Dayton, OH 45402

 FREE sensory, large & small motor activities, art, music, storytelling, and health demonstrations especially for young children

11:15 AM  -  Storytelling by Dayton Metro Library
11:45 AM  -  Mayor's Proclamation
12:00 PM  -  Chris Rowland, Five Rivers MetroParks
1:15 PM  -  Movement & Music

Throughout the event, enjoy:

Safe on Saturday Stations: water safety, bike safety, car seat, fire safety
Community resources and information from area agencies & Dayton Fire Dept.
Information on community early childhood learning programs

 The Month of the Young Child (MOYC) highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals, and communities working together to support every child’s healthy development and early learning.

Dayton Chapter of Southwest Ohio AEYC celebrates MOYC locally while nationally the Week of the Young
Child is April 16-20 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


 Download Event Flyer


The Week of the Young Child™

What is the Week of the Young Child™?

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

We invite you to join the Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children as we bring attention to and celebrate childhood. Check out the resources and activities below, and above all enjoy this special time with your child!

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!
Week of the Young Child 2017 Wrap Up

Week of the Young Child 2017 Wrap Up

On behalf of SWOAEYC, we wanted to thank all of the teachers, administrators and families who got involved with NAEYC's annual Week of the Young Child!

We look forward to seeing you next year!


  • 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!

Success by Six Logo

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.