SWOAEYC Seeks Talented ECE Professionals

Posted on: June 15, 2018
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A message from Kelly Bigham, Nominations and Elections Chair (

There are opportunities to contribute your time and talents to the Board of Directors that provides leadership to SWOAEYC. Currently, the program committee is seeking help with two projects: the 2019 Conference and a summer event to featuring the newly released movie about Fred Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor. If you would like to help, please contact Clara Vorbrocker, Program Committee Chair (

We are also looking to fill three open positions on the Board of Directors: Development Chair, Public Policy Chair, and Accreditation Chair. Committee Chairs are appointed by the president and approved by the board.

We are looking for people who are passionate about fund raising, making a difference in legislation for children and families, and highlighting the benefits of NAEYC accreditation. If you have the interest and skills to lead in any of these areas, we invite you to share a brief bio and tell us what you would bring to the Board. Please send your information to Jocelyn Tozier, President (

Job Descriptions for Chairs

Development – The person who chairs the Development Committee works with the Board of Directors to generate revenue for SWOAEYC. He/she works closely with the treasurer and finance committee. The Development Chair is a person who is excited about creating connections between the Board and potential persons and/or agencies that can provide financial support for membership and community events. This is also a person who gets excited about fund raising and can share his/her enthusiasm with others.

Public Policy – The person who chairs public policy is knowledgeable about the movers and shakers who pass legislation and decide funding levels for early childhood programs and initiatives. This person is a voice for what SWOAEYC believes is best for young children and families. He/she brings skills to stimulate advocacy among members acting proactively to influence public policy.

Accreditation – NAEYC Accreditation is earned by centers that follow a self-study process, compile documentation and successfully demonstrate that the center meets or exceeds the high quality standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. SWOAEYC’s Accreditation Chair promotes accreditation and assists centers seeking accreditation through member outreach. This person also plans and holds events to inform the community about accreditation telling the proud story of what it means to be a NAYEC accredited center.

I look forward to sharing more information in the fall when the focus will be on the nominations of candidates to fill the following officer positons: Treasurer, Vice President of Services, and Secretary of Membership. I hope you will contact me directly if you are interested in being nominated for one of these positions.

Thank you,

Kelly Bigham
Nominations and Elections Chair