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The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. 

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Week of the Young Child™ is observed next on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.

OKAEYC will host Virtual Training during the week! They will be hosted on Zoom by OKAEYC Board members.  All formal training hours are approved through CECPD.  Each class only costs $5.  Join us for some fun! Register for each session below using the link under the day of the week.

April 10-16, 2021


Music Monday –  Trainer, Jana Cornelius 

For Monday, use the registration link below;


Music is an everyday activity that is both fun and engaging for children. Recent research shows that when preschool-aged children create music with their peers, they excel in their cognitive development. They also improve their ability to cooperate and get along with other children. In this training, learners will discover how music benefits children’s cognitive and social development. Learners will also be provided specific types of musical activities and teaching strategies that support cognitive and social capacities in children.

Tasty Tuesday – Trainer, Gay Snyder

For Tuesday, use the registration link below;


This training will review current nutrition information for parents of young children and early educators of young children. The topics include:  1) My plate for preschoolers (recommended daily requirements). 2)Fun cooking ideas and videos. 3) Establishing healthy habits. 4) Picky Eaters

Work together Wednesday – Trainer, Caitlyn Pattillo

For Wednesday, use the registration link below;


Join us as we explore how to incorporate teamwork and building together to develop children’s social and early literacy skills! The Goals/Objectives include 1) to better understand how the child understands the connections between choice & consequence. 2) to offer opportunities for children to test hypotheses & build scientific reasoning. 3) to help children understand how to become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.

Artsy Thursday – Trainers, Kim Kelly, Stephanie Gray & Rosie Law from Northwest Childcare Resource and Referral

For Thursday, use the registration link below;


This course explores ways teachers can enhance student learning through STEAM activities; Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Music. This course offers a variety of engaging, creative, and hands-on learning experiences.  Individuals will understand and recognize how to used interdisciplinary practices like STEAM through hands-on activities and assessment questions. By doing the activities individuals will meet these objectives: 1) Define the acronym STEAM. 2) Understand the interdisciplinary concepts of STEAM. 3) Recognize strategies for incorporating STEAM activities into the early childhood classroom.  4) Identity/ best practices by using STEAM to create meaningful learning experiences. 5) Understand the Scientific Method.

Family Friday – Trainer, Caitlyn Pattillo

For Friday, use the registration link below;


Join us as we discuss different ways to acknowledge the different roles that families play in children’s learning! The Goals/Objectives include 1) goal setting for your child. 2) providing examples of activities for the home and in the community for families. 3) engaging families in math.




Presenting the OKAEYC 2021 Elected Officers




I hold a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and Masters in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and am a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).  Presently I am is working on my Ph.D. in Special Education at Oklahoma State University. I am a member of NAEYC, DISES, Ex-Vice President Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma, Council of Exceptional Children, Autism Society of America, Southern Early Childhood Association, and Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. I am also the Trainer for the First Start and the Master Consultant/Educator with the Council of Early Childhood and Professional Development for children and adults with special needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Vice President – Chapters


 I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor’s in Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR.  After I graduated I traveled to 11 countries in 11 months with a non-profit organization.  We taught English, did manual labor – you name it, we did it!  After I returned from overseas I taught 7th grade English in a high poverty/low socioeconomic school for 2 years.  I moved to Tulsa in 2016 and started working in Early Childhood.  I am passionate about being an advocate for children.  Other hobbies include: spending time with my fiancé, Michael, watching sports/attending sports, playing with my 2 dogs, and spending time with family & friends.


Vice President – Membership


I have more than 33 years of experience in the early childhood field–7 years as a public-school teacher, 21 years as an administrator of a NAEYC accredited early childhood program, and an Adult Educator/Consultant. In my current position as CECPD’s Education Services Quality Assurance Coordinator and Certified PAS/BAS Assessor, I conduct assessments on early childhood programs, develop and approve professional development curricula, and facilitate professional development. I have a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Elementary Special Education with a concentration on Mild and Moderate Disabilities and Speech Impairments, and an M.Ed. in Education Administration.




My name is Misty Glynn, I am married to my wonderful husband, Tony Glynn. We have 5 children, that range in ages from 8-14, one of which is visually impaired.  I have been employed at Play and Learn Preschool for 18 years, where I am the CFO as well as the Director. I’ve served on committees at the Little Light House of Tulsa, PTA at Berryhill, Oklahoma School for the Blind, and Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy.  In my free time, I like to support my children in their athletic adventures and we like to ride our Harley all over the United States.


Member-at-Large Public Policy   


I have served OKAEYC for three years in the Public Policy position and would like to opportunity to continue the work to move early care and education policies forward at the local, state, and federal level.


SECA Representative


Kristina Ellis is the Director of Health and Collaborative Services for CAP Tulsa, a non-profit community services agency. Her background includes non-profit management of functions including early childhood development, food service/health/nutrition administration, risk management, and quality improvement. She began her education career at the YMCA as a camp counselor. She holds a BA from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma and has served on the governing boards of several social service associations. Kristina’s particular interest in board work stems from a rich background in social services work and commitment to early childhood education and family engagement.



March Is School and Childcare Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Month


On March 2, President Biden announced he is directing all states to prioritize teachers, school staff, and childcare workers for COVID-19 vaccination, with the goal of vaccinating them with their first shots by the end of March. To help states do that, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is prioritizing the vaccination of all teachers, school staff, and childcare workers during the month of March. Teachers, school staff, and childcare workers in pre-K-12 schools and childcare programs can sign up for an appointment at state and local COVID-19 vaccination sites, as well as at over 9,000 pharmacy locations participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. New CDC resources are available to provide information about this directive:

Teacher & Staff Vaccination