The Latest News From Our Professional Development Committee

Here is this week’s Spring Conference update from our Professional Learning Committee. 
We are fortunate to have several vendors and presenters who will have resources for you to purchase. Cheryl Thompson with Barefoot Books will be back again.
Roger Stevens is a professional wildlife photographer of almost twenty years and is writing non-fiction, informational books about the animals that live in Maine. You may know, What Do Baby Foxes Do? June the Loon: The Story of a Maine Loon Chick, Maine Moose on the Loose, or A Day at the Fair.  He will also have his latest, Babes in the Woods and Waters. This book has been considered for the Maine Chickadee Award. Roger’s books will be on sale at the conference at an Educator’s Discount, almost 25% off what they sell for on Amazon.
Lakeshore Learning has joined us for many years and they will be back again this year. MaineAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality will have informational tables once again.
Spurwink Behavioral Health and Educational Services and the Family Childcare Association of Maine (FCCAM) will be joining us for the first time. 
Don’t miss out on this exciting day at Thomas College on April 8, 2017. To register online go to

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