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The White Rose 

Spring 2010

Letter From The President 
  Dear YAAEYC Members, What a fantastic Week of the Young Child celebration in York County! I hope you all were able to attend a few of the special events that were held throughout the county. I want to send a warm thank you to the Week of the Young Child Committee for putting together such a fabulous recognition event! Congratulations to all of the award recipients that were recognized at the banquet for their hard work and dedication to the field of Early Childhood Education! I hope you will be able to attend the Early Childhood Action Day on June 8th in Harrisburg; the more representation from the field the more powerful the statement that can be made to the legislators! Sincerely, Mindy Miller YAAEYC President

Inside this issue: 
Letter from the President WOYC Networking Night Special Recognition Library Update Children’s Action Day DVAEYC Conference One Book Update Chair-Member Contacts Membership Updates 2010 YAAEYC Conference 1 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 6 6 6

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Week of the Young Child  
The Week of the Young Child was a huge success! Throughout the week of April 11-17th, centers across the county celebrated young children, teachers, and families. Many events were held to honor children and the people who love them. Families had the opportunity to share why their children are special, visit their children's classrooms, eat lunch at the centers, and attend special story times. Some centers purchased copies of "What a Treasure," this year's One Book, Every Young Child selection, and distributed them to all of the preschoolers. The highlight of the week was the WOYC Awards and Recognition Banquet, held at the fabulous Valencia Ballroom. Over 350 attendees were delighted by the keynote speaker, Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of "What a Treasure." Mary Ellen Pann, from Fox 43 WPMT, once again graciously donated her time to emcee the exciting event. The dedication of the teachers was evident during the awards portion. Many teachers were nominated by parents and coworkers, and there were several lucky recipients of classroom project awards. Many thanks to the generous donors who provided us with incredible door prizes. Angie Sparks, a first-year co-chair of the WOYC Committee, was overwhelmed to see all of the hard-working ECE professionals gather to celebrate young children!

2nd Annual Networking Night 
YAAEYC sponsored its second annual Networking Night on April 28, 2010 from 6-9. The vision of this event was to provide a forum for early childhood and school age teachers and directors to share ideas with each other and check out three high quality child care centers in the York area. They also got to snack at each center! This year, the 70 participants visited the Jewish Community Center, the YWCA York Market Street location and Crispus Attucks. A huge thank you to those centers for supporting the teaching community in this way! Some comments from participants were: “It’s great that we can all learn from each other!” “My favorite part was seeing how other centers use their space and have their rooms arranged” “The best part was meeting other professionals and getting ideas.” “This event was very worthwhile” “This spiked my imagination and creativity of possible ideas at my own center.” This event was free to YAAEYC members.
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Special Recognitions
At the Week of the Young Child Banquet on April 15, many members of the York County Early Education community were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the families and children of our region. Outstanding Early Childhood Provider awards were given to the 102 individuals nominated by the families they serve. Elizabeth Steed and Kayla Smith, students at the York County School of Technology, were presented the Future Leaders award for their outstanding academic performance and commitment to quality early childhood education. White Rose awards were given to the following individuals: Tammy Bardo from the East York Recreation Commission, Julie Folkenroth and Vicki Wooditch from Children’s First Learning Center, Jennifer Melder from Stillmeadow Child Care, Tonya Pennington from East York Kindercare and Wendy Latshaw from Otterbein Early Education Center. Children’s Champion awards were given to the following individuals: Sukhdeep Gill, Professor at Penn State and YAAEYC Board Member, Harriet Dichter, Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare and Sandra Brown of Glatfelter Insurance Group. York County Early Childhood Education Professional Award winners were Yvetta Graves from Crispus Attucks, Susan Haverstock of Rainbow Junction, Teresa Sampson a HomeBased provider, Kimberly Mitchell of York Day Nursery, Amy Barshinger from the York JCC, Mindy Eagan from Joyful Friends and Tina Cothran at Creative Kids. Congratulations to all our award recipients!

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Library Update
The Summer Reading Club is open to children & teens ages birth to 18!

Online Registration Starts June 1! Visit Read for prizes June 14 through August 21!
Contact your local library for information about participating directly from your location.

Visit any of these libraries to participate:
Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock Phone: 717-235-1127 Collinsville Community Library Phone: 717-927-9014 Dillsburg Area Public Library Phone: 717-432-5613 Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center Phone: 717-252-4080 Martin Library Phone: 717-846-5300 Mason-Dixon Public Library Phone: 717-993-2404

Fun Free Events All Summer Long!
Monday, June 21 & Tuesday, June 22 Five Stop Tour Paul Hadfield as General Foolishness

Dover Area Community Library Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Phone: 717-292-6814 Phone: 717-235-5806 Glatfelter Memorial Library Red Land Community Library Phone: 717-225-3220 Phone: 717-938-5599 Guthrie Memorial Library Village Library Hanover’s Public Library Phone: 717-428-1034 Phone: 717-632-5183 Kaltreider-Benfer Library Phone: 717-244-2032

Saturday, July 10 SplashFest!
Codorus State Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free Crafts, Activities, Story Tellers & More!

Proudly sponsored by:

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Early Childhood Action Day
Early Action Day will soon be here! On June 8, 2010, gather with professionals from all over the state to spread the message of the importance of early education. Your legislators need to hear from you about the importance of investing in quality early childhood education. Come tell your story about:  the CHILDREN and the difference that a quality early education program makes in their lives,  the TEACHERS and the critical role their skills and expertise play in a quality program,  the ongoing CHALLENGES of waiting lists, turnover, inadequate support, unmet needs,  the SUCCESSES that investing in quality produces for children and communities, now and into the future. Join local professionals in meetings with Legislators! If you can not get out of the classroom or office that day, please send art work or letters from families highlighting the importance of our programs to your legislator. At 1:00pm there will be a rally on the capitol steps calling all to raise awareness of critical programs. This year, there will be an evening banquet to recognize excellence in the field. To register go to If you recognize the importance of great programs such as Keystone Stars, Pre-K Counts, Head Start, Child Care Works and TEACH, we hope to see you there.

DVAEYC Conference
Barry Muser reports the DVAEYC conference was a great experience. Besides all of the vendors and the free stuff, the trainings were great. He attended multiple trainings on advocacy and one on creating a highly motivated employee. With ECE Action Day coming up, this was a great opportunity to gain some information on advocacy. The advocacy trainings gave Barry a lot of great ideas to prepare for legislator meetings. The most valuable training was on motivating employees. It helped put things in perspective as to why we may or may not get the results or work quality from our staff that we expect. It gave tips on how to motivate staff and build trust with employees. By attending this conference Barry feels that he is in a better position to supervise staff more effectively then he was before. Barry is better prepared for Action Day and the advocacy work to be done there. He recommends this conference highly to any early childhood professional.

What a Treasure traveling trunk is available for weekly borrowing through Martin Library. Please call Peggy Gardner at 846-5300 X280 to reserve a time for you. Trunks may be picked up from and returned to your closest local library.

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Committee Chair Members Contact Information 
President: Mindy Miller Accreditation: Megan Penson Conference Co-Chairs: Molly Diehl & Shanda Opsitos Membership: Sukhdeep Gill Nomination: Christy Renjilian Program: Debra Riek Public Policy: Sara Bosley Publicity/Newsletter: Paula Gilbert & Jackie Dell-Shearer Recognition: Wendy Latshaw WOYC: Angie Sparks & Trish Bissett


Remember to check the PA Keys website at, for training opportunities. 

Thank You For Joining Or Renewing Your Membership 
Felicia Brown LaDawn Brown Melany Buda Emily Chata Chevalier Christina Day Jessica Day Amanda Duke Holly Anne Elicker

Stacie Gilmore Caleb Glass Kiuana Henderson Katelyn Hengst Elizabeth Laskoski Tina Marie Macy Vanessa Manspeaker

Christine Maxwell Lilia E. Medina Crystal Murphy Megan Murray Barry Muser Jessica Peterson Kayla Phillips

Darlene Q. Post Valessia Rodriguez Kenndra Shaner Kristin Staub Steve Stover Karen Trone Britney Trythall

2010 YAAEYC Conference  
This year's YAAEYC Conference will be held on Saturday, September 19th, 2010 at Penn State York Campus.
The committee is continuing to work hard on this year's conference. We have received many great proposals from presenters interested in contributing to the conference. The committee will be reviewing these proposals and preparing the schedule of trainings to be offered. This year the committee has decided to "go green". We will not be mailing out brochures as in years past. The brochure and registration form will be available online at the YAAEYC website. Those members who have provided their email addresses will be emailed the brochure and registration form. As always, if you have questions, you may contact Molly Diehl ( or Shanda Opsitos ( We are working hard to make this year's conference the best yet!!
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