President’s Message

President's Message

Heidi Thumlert

Greetings to all!

First off I want to know if you are taking care of yourselves. I believe we’re all feeling that things would have gotten back to some understanding of normal by now. Unfortunately that is not the case. Some of you have heard me mention that I am heading into the blanket fort. The full comment is: “I am tired of being an adult so if anyone needs me, I will be in my blanket fort ~ coloring.” Does that not sound like the ideal thing to do? However, the work the goes on and it challenges us to do our best thinking.

The Executive Committee is in the process of putting together a survey that will help us understand what life is like for you. It will go out in a separate email later in August. Among other items, we want to know how COVID 19 has affected you, how can CAAEYC best serve it members, (we are working hard on getting our magic wands finished!), how can we gain more support for child care and providers and racial inequities in our field. So watch for that and please give us your feedback.

There is exciting news, our election had the most members voting than any other that we can recall. Isn’t that great and here are the results:

  • Vice President - Gloria Davis
  • Treasurer - Seon Chun-Burbank

We welcome them to their new positions. Speaking of voting, it is our plan to facilitate a large get out and vote campaign soon for the fall elections. This is a very important election, and we need to strongly participate in it. Making informed choices up and down the ballot will help support the work that we do.

Congrats to Deidre Bryant, Executive Director, her staff in the office, plus Shera Scott, Conference Chair, and her committee for pulling off our first ever virtual/hybrid Annual Conference. It was an amazing effort! I hope that those of you who were attendees are still using the hybrid piece of the experience. You have until August 31 to go back in and check out all of the workshops as well as listen to Amy O’Leary and Richard Louv, our keynotes again.

We will be hitting the pause button on The Forum for Professional Development this year. Instead we are going to begin a project that we have wanted to do for several years ~ Regional Workshops. The Professional Development Committee will be putting together a structure and then reaching out to Chapters to collaborate. It is our hope that we will get started this fall and then go into spring with them. They will be single topics, so that we can do a deeper dive. It will also give us a chance to highlight speakers in a new way.

I hope that all of you have found a Courageous Conversation group. My home base, Central Valley Satellite, which aligns with Sacramento Valley Chapter, has started monthly zoom calls. They have been amazing. Most of the conversations have been around the challenges of COVID 19; this last time the leadership team did a short piece on taking care of yourself through all of this as well.

A favorite book for many of us is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It is a relatable story at the moment. I feel like I have been eating my way through COVID, perhaps like some of you, but at the end of this we will all emerge beautiful butterflies, because after all we are essential!!

Heidi Thumlert