Members of the Early Childhood Club attended the annual conference of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC), which was held in Verona, New York from April 19 to 21. Eleven students were accompanied by three of their professors: Suzanne Fine, Carol Morris, and Elise Weiss. The opening keynote speaker, Dr. Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, focused on the theme of resiliency and helping both children and adults to “build their bounce.” The SUNY Cobleskill students participated in opportunities for professional development and networking, and even found time to explore a “mud kitchen” that they loved so much, they brought one back to use at the child development center in Holmes Hall. Mud kitchens, ideal for making mud pies, are a great way for children to learn and have fun playing outside.

Weiss, who advises the club, noted: “I enjoy bringing students to this conference and exposing them to the world of professional development.” A particular highlight was the opportunity to reconnect with SUNY Cobleskill graduates: “Seeing former students who are immersed in their early childhood careers, who value their work and seek out professional development years after SUNY Cobleskill, is incredibly rewarding.”

The NYSAEYC vision is that: “All children in New York State have access to high quality early care and education programs with sufficient resources to meet children’s physical, educational, and social/emotional needs in environments that support diversity.”