by June Portnoy
On Saturday, October 5th, silver balloons waved in the air at Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) Newtown campus, welcoming several hundred early childhood educators for the 25th Annual Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) Conference.
BCAEYC is a non-profit organization consisting of over 300 members dedicated to supporting the needs and rights of young children, their families and early childhood educators. Every year BCAEYC provides an outstanding professional development experience during a full day of workshops at this conference. Over the years, the conference committee has brought nationally recognized speakers to Bucks County for the keynote address.
This year BCCC and BCAEYC co-sponsored this Silver Anniversary Conference. BCAEYC Co-President Terri Mohapp announced this year’s theme as “Growing for a Quarter of a Century.”
“This year, our committee is looking at where we’ve been and thinking about where we want to go in the future,” said Terri. “We always want to be a voice for our youngest learners and a support for those who teach them throughout Bucks County.”
Terri reminded her audience that 25 years ago, there were no early childhood education norms or standards in this county, and no Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children.
“Thanks to the vision, hard work and dedication of a few very special people, there would be an organization that would advocate for our youngest learners and the dedicated people who care for them,” continued Terri, referring to the BCAEYC founders. “Right now we stand on the shoulder of those who came before us. The foundation is strong, and the building for the future depends on early childhood educators everywhere.”
Roseann Fry, BCAEYC’s past president, current board member and longstanding member of the conference committee, gave a special presentation to Pat Miiller.
Said Roseann, “As the conference committee gathered to discuss plans for our 25th annual fall classic, it became clear that one among us was responsible for the success of the conference for each of those 25 years.