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Need an expert for a developing story on early childhood education and development? Chicago Metro AEYC can help! Please call 312-427-5399 to schedule an interview with one of our early childhood experts.

ABC7 News - May 30, 2013
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Experts, educators and parents are gathering on June 1 for Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children's 8th Annual Head to Toe: Midwest Interactive Infant-Toddler Conference.

News Releases 

Official News Release: Head to Toe: Midwest Interactive Infant-Toddler Conference

May 28, 2013

Industry Leaders in Early Care and Education & Parents of Infants and Toddlers to gather on June 1st for the Largest Infant-Toddler Event in the Midwest


Photo Release: Chicago's Music Legend Ella Jenkins Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

January 30, 2013

Honored: Children's Music Ledgen Ella Jenkins...


Chicago Music Legend Ella Jenkins to be Honored by Chicago Metro AEYC

January 17, 2013

Jenkins To Receive Lifetime Achievement Opening Minds Award for Pioneering Pathways in Music Education for Children


New Survey Finds Opening Minds Early Care and Education Services as Highly Effective and Transforming

January 08, 2013

CHICAGO -- Most experts agree that high quality early childhood education experiences begin with a teacher who understands how young children learn and develop.(Full Report Finding)


Living in the Wake of Violence

Our Hearts Go Out to the Families in Connecticut
Article written by Gail Conway, CEO, Chicago Metro AEYC

Early Childhood Educators Gather for Head to Toe

May 20, 2009
On May 30, early childhood professionals who care for our youngest children during their most formative years will come together for a day of learning at Chicago Metro AEYC’s 4th annual Head to Toe: The Midwest Interactive Infant-Toddler Conference™


The Baby Behind the Gun: Getting to the Roots of Violence

May 15, 2008
Noted Psychology Expert Dr. David B. Chamberlain to Address Violence at the “Head to Toe” Conference Presented by Chicago Metro AEYC on May 31, 2008.


Media Alert: Over 400 Early Childhood Professionals Expected to Attend Head to Toe the Midwest Interactive Infant Toddler Conference May 31, 2008

May 20, 2008
Chicago’s recent wave of violence is a public health crisis for its children, according to some health experts. The media refer to it as “an epidemic of violence.” Noted psychology expert Dr. David B. Chamberlain will present the Keynote Speech “The Baby Behind the Gun—Getting to the Roots of Violence,” which will address the recent violence in Chicago and touch on how we can best interrupt the cycle of violence and protect our children.


Early Childhood Education News

Obama Evaluating Early Childhood Education Push in Second Term

January 18, 2013 by Joy Resmovits, Huffington Post Education


Survey, Evaluation and Research Reports 

Opening Minds Evaluation 2012, Prepared by University of Illinois at Chicago


Chicago Metro AEYC in the News

Lawndale News - May 30, 2013
Leaders in Early Care, Education Gather for Largest Toddler, Infant Expo
Do you have questions about what the brain science says about toddlers and touch screens, or how to select appropriate activities for infants?

Lawndale News - May 30, 2013
Líderes en Educación Temprana se Reúnen en la Mayor Exposición Infantil
¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre lo que la ciencia cerebral dice sobre los infantes y las pantallas táctiles, o como seleccionar las actividades apropiadas para los infantes?

ABC7 News - May 30, 2013
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Experts, educators and parents are gathering on June 1 for Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children's 8th Annual Head to Toe: Midwest Interactive Infant-Toddler Conference.

Education Week - Janurary 18, 2013
Chicago Principal Evaluations Based Half on Student Growth
Starting this year, student gains will count for half of Chicago's principals' evaluations, the school district announced yesterday.

Exchange Magazine - March/April 2009
Where are We Headed with Center Accreditation?
Gail Conway, CEO of Chicago Metro AEYC, is quoted in this trend report about NAEYC Accreditation and Quality Rating Systems.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams - April 9, 2009
Jump Start to Education Stalled

Mark Ginsberg, Executive Director of NAEYC, speaks about the importance of early childhood education.

Chicago Parent - January 17, 2007
Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: Play Sparks Creativity, Problem Solving and Self-Esteem

Chicago Metro AEYC's CEO, Gail Conway, is quoted in this article about the importance of play in children's development.


Position Statements and Where We Stand

As the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Chicago Metro AEYC supports these statements on early childhood education practice, policy, and/or professional development. (view statements)


Chicago Metro AEYC's History

Chicago Metro AEYC has a long history and has been pioneering new pathways to quality education for all children from birth to age eight since 1926. For detailed information about the organization and its inception, please read our history.



• NAEYC’s first headquarters was in Chicago.

• Developmentally Appropriate Practice was an outgrowth of our Kindergarten Commission.

• Chicago’s Accreditation Project was one of the first facilitated projects in the United States.

• Membership spans 12 states and Canada.

 Membership represents early childhood stakeholders from 171 cities and 27 counties across the state of Illinois

• 48 organizations currently committed to the Opening Minds “Connect Children with Nature” Campaign.

• More than 9,000 people, take advantage of our Opening Minds’ professional development consultation services, conferences, symposia, institutes, activities, special events and online resources each year.

• Opening Minds is the largest Early Care and Education Conference in the Midwest offering 15 content areas, 300 workshops and 25.5 credit hours

• Individuals, allied professionals and organizations have relied on us as their go-to resource, to influence policy-makers, and to build professional competence for 87 years.

• We were selected by the World Forum Foundation to lead the Midwest region in fulfilling a promise to the Clinton Global Initiative to connect two million children to nature worldwides. To date, we have added 606,166 partners to this initiative.