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State Early Childhood Organization Joins BAM Radio Network

Today, the BAM Radio Network (BRN), a joint project of Moving & Learning and Jackstreet Media, announced that the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is now offering NAEYC Radio as a new resource to the chapter's early childhood professionals, advocates and parents.

The program features a special edition of BRN's premier program, Body, Mind and Child (, co-hosted by NAEYC executive director Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., and Rae Pica, an early childhood expert with 30 years of experience in the field. The program is Nanocasted on the Illinois AEYC web site at

"We are so pleased and excited to feature NAEYC Radio's podcast, 'Body, Mind and Child,' hosted by NAEYC Executive Director Mark Ginsberg and internationally-recognized early childhood expert Rae Pica. The information is timely and extremely relevant to the needs of today's children. Parents and educators will find a wealth of information about raising and educating healthy, active kids in a format that is entertaining and innovative," said Donetta Braner, Director, Illinois AEYC.

"We are happy to see this programming embraced by the Illinois AEYC. We're confident that the segments will help their members and parents access the best and most current insights on early childhood development and stay up-to-date," said Rae Pica, co-founder of BAM Radio Network.

About Illinois AEYC

The Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is a state affiliate of the national association (NAEYC). Illinois AEYC is a non-profit organization composed of over 4600 members dedicated to supporting the needs and rights of young children, their families, and early childhood educators.

Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children, with nearly 100,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

NAEYC also accredits early care and education centers through the NAEYC Academy of Early Childhood Programs. More than 11,500 programs serving more than 1,000,000 children each day are accredited by NAEYC.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network was originally launched as a resource for parents, aimed at delivering the most reliable information on early childhood development and developmentally appropriate parenting to busy moms and dads. Created by leading early childhood experts, the programming quickly became a popular resource among teachers and educators and was expanded to include an Educators' Channel. A third channel for directors and administrators was soon developed, which became the catalyst for the Education 360 Channel, which expanded the team of program hosts to include diverse voices and insights from the leading advocates in the fields of child development and education.

The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Michael McGrady, deputy director of the National Head Start Association
  • Judy Nee, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Janice Esau, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC
Jeannette Bernstein


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