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ood WCCC Early Childh tter le s w e N m a r g o r P n Educatio Volume 3, Edition 2 September 21, 2011

Westmoreland County Community College Inside this issue: Save the dates!

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Upcoming events

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Nickers ‘N Neighs

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Volunteer Opportunity

Early Literacy Information

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Become a Member of PAEYC

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Professional Development

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Got ECE News? Email Vicki at

The mission of this newsletter is to keep all ECE students informed of ECE Club activities, volunteer events in the community, ECE professional development opportunities, and anything related to the ECE field.

Save the Dates for Upcoming Events! Sept. 23 ~ WCCC Family Fest ~ 5:30—8:30 PM Please consider volunteering at this community service event to support the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Oct. 15 ~ Student Role Model Conference ~ 12 noon—6 PM Registration is FREE to all WCCC students! Email Kayla West for more information, westka@my.wccc.edu Oct. 23 ~ PAEYC’s 5 K Race for Learning and 1-Mile Walk ~ It would be great to form a team of WCCC ECE Club members!

Early Childhood ucation Program

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Beth Hoden Office Phone: 724-925-4013 Email: hodenb@wccc.edu

Nancy Rustic Office Phone: 724-925-4035 Email: rusticn@wccc.edu

ECE Support Vicki Hricik Office Phone: 724-925-4013 Email: hricikv@my.wccc.edu

Nov. 18 ~ Early Learning Literacy Conference ~ 8:30 AM –3:30 PM Digital Media Literacy and Young Children Cost ~ Full time students $20 for PAEYC members $25 non-members

At least two ECE Club representatives are needed to attend the Student Organization meetings. Please see Beth or Nancy.


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Annual WCCC Family Fest Please consider participating in this great family and community service event. The 2011 Family Fest is Friday, Sept. 23rd from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted as admission. All activities will be geared to the ages of 3 to 12. A crowd of 300 children are expected. Please consider getting involved in this indoor event. Participation in this event counts as community service for the WCCC ECE Club.

PAEYC’s

& 1-Mile Walk

Let’s join the fun and form a team! We could represent the WCCC ECE program at this special event. We could participate and help to raise awareness about the importance of play, physical activity, and education for our youngest learners. Whole families are welcomed and children’s participation is encouraged. Entry fees are as follows: non-PAEYC members $20, PAEYC members $17, registration day of event $25, 1-mile walk $10 family fee. Register now at www.pghaeyc.org. Let’s go out and play!

Volunteer Opportunity at Nickers ‘N Neighs Volunteers are needed at Nickers ‘N Neighs, a non-profit therapeutic riding center that uses equine activities to promote the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people with disabilities. The riding center’s address is 260 Mountain Trails Lane, Acme, PA 15610. It is located on a 54 acre farm not far from the crossroads of Route 31, 711 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Exit 91. They are currently accepting volunteers, students, monetary donations, supplies and services from the community. If you are interested in participating or supporting the program, please contact them by calling 724-771-1099 or 724-593-8121. Check out their website for more info at www.kidsonhorses.org.


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Become a Member of PAEYC The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) is the professional membership organization for those involved with the early care an education of young children. Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals have membership associations which provide a unified voice on behalf of their members. In the same way, PAEYC serves as a community resource, and advocate for quality, and a voice for those in the profession of early care and education. PAEYC currently serves over 1000 members and is governed by an elected board. Members and those interested are encouraged to serve on a committee and take an active role in PAEYC programs including Membership Services, Advocacy & Public Policy, and Professional Development.

Benefits of Membership Become a Member!         

Membership in national, state, and local affiliates 6 issues of Young Children, NAEYC's journal Exclusive access to PAEYC Newsletters Reduced rates to PAEYC and NAEYC conferences Career advising services Meets STARS 3 Requirements Borrowing privileges with PAEYC's early childhood resource library Voting rights and eligibility to hold office in PAEYC, Penn AEYC, and NAEYC Opportunity to participate in insurance plans offered through NAEYC

Professional Development Opportunities To earn Pennsylvania DPW hours as required, check out the PA Keys website, www.pakeys.org, for professional development opportunities. Westmoreland County Community College sponsors affordable ECE workshops made possible through Southwest Regional Key funding. Scheduled workshops at WCCC - Fayette County Education Center in Uniontown, WCCC - Greene County Education Center and WCCC Youngwood Campus are already posted. Please email Vicki Hricik for more information, hricikv@my.wccc.edu.

----------------If you have any ECE news and volunteer opportunities that you would like to share, please email Vicki at hricikv@my.wccc.edu.

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