Meet Our MaineAEYC Executive Director!

Dear Members and Friends of MaineAEYC,

My name is Tara Williams, and I’m the new Executive Director of the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children. I am committed to our Board, our membership, our presence in federal and state public policy, and our collective professional learning.

I studied early childhood education in my undergraduate program at Boston University and in my masters in leadership at Bank Street College. I worked in research and policy positions at the National Wildlife Federation and the National Council on Teacher Quality. In previous leadership roles, I mentored teachers and served on a school board. And most importantly, I have been a teacher in public, charter, and private school programs with children from birth to grade 3. My husband and I have two young children and a very energetic dog. Our family loves exploring the beautiful outdoors of Maine. In my personal life, cooking is my passion, running keeps me active, meditation gives me clarity, and reading at the beach brings me joy.

As your Executive Director, I promise to help advance our profession and work on behalf of the needs, rights, and well being of all young children in Maine. I hope to form closer relationships with MaineAEYC members and the greater early childhood community in our state. I would love to see you at one of our upcoming events in April. You are invited to our Spring Conference on April 8th and several Week of the Young ChildTM events around the state (details below).  Also, stay tuned for more information about a town hall style webinar with me on Wednesday evening, April 26th.

Feel free to reach out anytime with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.




MaineAEYC Spring Conference

Storytelling Through Music, Movement, and Play

April 8th, 8am-3:30pm at Thomas College, Waterville

To register:


MaineAEYC Week of the Young ChildTM Events

Family Festival and Parade

April 22nd, 10am-12pm

10am parade at East End Beach, Portland, ME

10:30-12pm East End Community School, 195 North St, Portland, ME 04101


Family Festival

April 28th, 4pm-6pm

Educare Central Maine

56 Drummond Ave, Waterville, ME 04901


Children’s Concert 

April 29th, 10:30am

Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit

Rte. 1 Wells, Maine

Registration is now open for the 2017 MaineAEYC Spring Conference!


Storytelling Through Music, Movement and Play

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Thomas College, Waterville ME
7.0 training hours


Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will feature educators, performers, authors, and artists to explore:
* how the performing arts bring stories to life and facilitate understanding of other peoples, cultures, and places,
* how storytelling helps children meet Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards,
* how we guide children in telling, listening to, and engaging with stories,
* and how educators can promote and enhance storytelling in their programs and classrooms.

MaineAEYC members are eligible for a *special* reduced registration rate!

Please see the attached pdf for more information and to register.

*NEW* Prefer to register online? Please visit  (Note: you will need to have an active PayPal account to complete the online registration process).

This event is sponsored through a collaboration between Maine Roads to Quality at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, the Family Child Care Association of Maine, and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

Hope to see you there!