Greater Fairfield Regional Chapter of the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children
Dear Members and Colleagues,
As of September 15, 2017, we will become the Greater Fairfield Regional Chapter of the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CTAEYC). We will continue to work with our colleagues on the state level to deliver high quality professional development opportunities for you in the Fairfield County region. This website will remain active for the next few months until all the transition details are finalized. You will then be directed to a new web page that is managed by CTAEYC. It has been a pleasure to serve you over the years and we look forward to continuing to raise the bar of high quality experiences for children through shared learning and networking.
The mission of GFRC is to support, promote and advocate for high quality early childhood care and education throughout our community for young children, families and professionals. We accomplish this mission by offering a variety of opportunities to meet other professionals in the field and to network with people who work in a diverse group of early childhood settings. These opportunities include newsletters, workshops, and forums.
GFRC’s vision focuses on three broad goals:
Goal 1. Facilitating improvements in the professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education by creating professional development opportunities/resources and by setting and promoting standards of professional practice;
Goal 2. Improving public understanding and support and funding of high quality programs in centers, homes, and schools serving young children and their families through public initiatives and public awareness and engagement activities; and
Goal 3. Building and maintaining a strong diverse, and inclusive organization that enables FCAEYC to achieve goal 1 and 2.
GFRC’s value statements are as follows:
Garnering the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of people by providing opportunities for participation. Contribution, and building consensus on critical issues;
Valuing and respecting diverse viewpoints and perspectives in all aspects of the practice of early childhood education;
Promoting inclusion, access, and nondiscrimination in the full range of programs serving young children, their families, and adults preparing to work in early childhood;
Designing programs and services that support individuals and collective efforts to improve all early childhood programs that operates with a variety of sponsors, funding sources, and structures;
Encouraging and supporting a strong network of Affiliates who provide leadership and professionals growth opportunities at all levels;
Supporting the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes through education, persuasion, and modeling;
Designing activities and products that promote recognition of early childhood professional expertise;
Building and maintaining a strong organizational structure governance, communication, financial base, headquarters staff and facility- to provide leadership, coordination and services.