NYAEYC Region 1



Welcome to Region 1, home of and serving the following NYAEYC Chapters: Chautauqua County, Rochester, and Western NY.  Please visit often as we will be sharing news, information, and updates for this region.

We would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to reach out to your local Chapter of NYAEYC!

Chautauqua County      Rochester      Western NY

Current Events


Western NY Chapter of NYAEYC

The Western NY Chapter of NYAEYC thanks all who attended this amazing event!

Rochester Chapter of NYAEYC

Month of the Young Child Kick-Off!

Join us as we launch this magnificent month-long celebration honoring our youngest learners and kick off the 2019 Rochester International Children’s Film Festival.

April 1, 2019
6:00 to 8:15pm

Kate Gleason Auditorium
Central Library of Rochester
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Come to the Cabaret!

This year’s celebration will feature a festive Cabaret theme for participants in this annual tribute to our youngest learners and homage to selected early childhood educators for their exemplary commitment to the field of early childhood. Highlights of the evening include refreshments and networking, an official proclamation from the County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo and Mayor, Lovely A. Warren, followed by a formal recognition of outstanding educators and leaders in ECE, and a preview of the 2019 Rochester International Children’s Film Festival films including a one hour professional development session.

Important Logistics

Parking: Parking is free after 6:00 PM on the street and in the Court Street Parking Garage.
Visit: https://roccitylibrary.org/parking-at-central/

For additional information: contact Mary Louise Musler at mlmusler@gmail.com.

Nominate a Shining Star who is an Exemplary Early Childhood Educator!

In recognition of the importance of the early childhood workforce in the education of our youngest learners, The Month of the Young Child planning committee invites YOU to nominate an Exemplary Early Educator. The award winners will be honored at The Month of the Young Child Kick-Off Celebration on Monday, April 1st at the Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue from 6:00-8:15pm. We will honor several individuals selected from nominees representing family child care, center care, or public school setting in roles that include teacher, assistant, aide, or administrator. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues or your administrator.

Send an email nomination to
Jeanne Loysen
by March 10, 2019
including all the information below.

Please include:
Your name
Your phone number
The name of the person you are nominating
The best way to contact and contact information for the nominee
The nominee’s professional position and location
How long you have known the nominee and in what capacity
How long the nominee has been in the early childhood profession
Why the nominee deserves this award:
– What makes this nominee unique in your eyes?
– Name several personal and professional qualities this person possesses
– How does the nominee relate to others?
– Name some hobbies, talents, or special skills of the nominee

Please note: Members of the Rochester Chapter of NYAEYC Leadership Team are not eligible for this award.


Rochester Chapter of NYAEYC 2018-2019 Professional Development

Thursday, March 14th, 6pm-8pm, Al Sigl Center Door #1, 1000 Elmwood Ave
Sensory Processing
presented by Mary Gregg MS, OTR/L and Tara Chapman, COTA
Participants at this workshop will learn to identify the 8 sensory systems and define what is and what is not “sensory processing”. Participants will learn strategies for assisting children in managing sensory overload.  The workshop will discuss sensory modulation and examine treatment strategies.Participants will receive 2 training hours toward NYS licensing requirements.
No Pre-Registration is Required – just come.
FREE for Standard and Premium NAEYC members
$20 fee for others
OCFS #1 & #3 CBK #1 & #4More InformationThursday, May 23rd, 6pm-8pm, Al Sigl Center Door #1, 1000 Elmwood Ave
Innovation & Provocation: Making Learning Visible Via The Reggio Emilia Approach
presented by Kathy Burton, BA, Jeanne Loysen Ed.D., & Mary Ann Schifitto, MS
Exploring the “Hundred Languages”, we will experience innovative ways to represent projects using the actions, play, investigations, theories, and knowledge-building process of the children as well as their linguistic, logical, and imaginative discoveries. With this process we will explore how to make learning visible through the Reggio Emilia Approach.  Participants will be provided various resources, websites, and places to discover more about the Reggio Approach and how to implement it into their classroom.


Region Highlights

Chautauqua County Chapter of NYAEYC

See what Chris Wigren, a NYAEYC member, has to say about her involvement in the Association!

What has been your most rewarding Chapter event?    The Annual Early Childhood Conferences held each year – county and state

Why?  It is an opportunity for those who attend to grow and to learn from and to be inspired by the keynote and workshop presenters, which ultimately benefits the children in their care.  Also to be able to network and be more enthused about our field.

What is the most valuable part of being a member of NYAEYC?

It is the privilege and honor of working along side some of the most dedicated early childhood advocates Chautauqua County and New York State has to offer.

Thoughts about being a NYAEYC member.  It means an opportunity to be united with others from across the State and country (NAEYC) in sharing a vision or a goal or a mindset of always keeping at the forefront of all that we do or say – what is best for young children.


Rochester Chapter of NYAEYC

2018 Spring Seminar

From Chaos to Calm: Supporting Our Most Challenging Children

Kim Hughes

Look at some of the great comments from the event!

“It was incredible to have a room full of teachers going home with at least two dozen hands on ideas to implement the next day. Wonderful ideas that respect both the child and teacher, but offer ways to move children beyond their behavior issues and into problem solving and feeling like partners in their classrooms.”

Marsha Dumka

Adjunct Professor, SUNY Empire State College


This will greatly enhance my current use of
strategies in the classroom.  So many new things learned.

Wonderful energy, practical real information, thought provoking

Great workshop! Wonderful speaker!

Very Informative!

Would love to hear more from Kim Hughes— bring her back!!

I will be able to share things I learned and discussed today with my staff!

Great ideas to share and implement with my staff and things that can be modified!

I plan on using a lot of the breathing techniques and handout in my classroom.

Dynamic, engaging speaker

Will share with colleagues and implement in the classroom

Excellent ways were given for self-regulation

Western New York Chapter of NYAEYC

Name to Face 2018: An Early Childhood Networking Event

Daniel J. Hodgins Event



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