Mercy College Hosts 46th Annual WAEYC Conference

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Conference to Feature Presentations from Mercy College Faculty on a Variety of Early Childhood Education Topics

This is a tremendous opportunity for Mercy College to get involved and network with professionals in early childhood education.

Mercy College will host the 46th annual conference of the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) on Saturday, October 16, at its Dobbs Ferry Campus.

The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. in Mercy Hall and Main Hall, and features a choice of 19 workshops.

Mercy College President Kimberly R. Cline and Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier, dean of Mercy College’s School of Education, will provide welcome remarks and MaryAnn Brittingham will serve as keynote speaker. Additionally, Dr. Posamentier will serve as a conference presenter.

"Mercy College's dedication to providing top-flight educators for the Westchester region is underscored by our hosting this important and informative conference," Dr. Posamentier said.

Dr. Larry Ashley, associate professor and department chair of childhood education at Mercy College, agrees. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Mercy College to get involved and network with professionals in early childhood education."

Dr. Ashley, who is a member of the WAEYC Board and the Executive Committee of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC), worked closely with Linda Jo Platt, WAEYC co-president, to create an engaging workshop line-up, which includes several Mercy College faculty as presenters.

“We are delighted and excited to forge this relationship with Mercy College and its extraordinary faculty,” said Platt. “We look forward to sharing their expertise with our members working in early childhood settings.”

About the Conference
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus
Mercy Hall (Registration, Vendors, Keynote Speaker, Refreshments)
Main Hall (19 break-out sessions)

$25-WAEYC Members

MaryAnn Brittingham, Keynote Speaker
MaryAnn Brittingham is a special education teacher, author, inspirational speaker, consultant and behavior specialist. Brittingham focuses on practical solutions for helping children be successful in both general education and special education classrooms. She holds a master’s degree in Family and Child Counseling, a B.S. in Elementary Education, and B.S. in Special Education; Teacher Emotionally Handicapped Children (Grades K-12). Additionally, Brittingham serves as an adjunct instructor at SUNY New Paltz, Marist College and SNHU in Vermont.

Presentations by Mercy College Faculty
“What is Expected in Mathematics by the Early Childhood Teacher”
Dr. Alfred Posamentier, dean of Mercy College’s School of Education

“Play: A Critical Component of Early Childhood Growth Related to the Interdependence of the Domains”
Dr. Larry Ashley, associate professor and department chair of the Childhood Education Department
Dr. Elena Nitecki, assistant professor, Childhood Education Department

“Managing the Teaching-Learning Process”
Dr. William Prattella, professor, School of Education

Founded more 30 years ago, WAEYC promotes excellence in early childcare and developmental services for children (birth through age 8). WAEYC includes a broad based membership of almost 600, including teachers, assistants, administrators, students, care givers, parents and social workers.

About Mercy College Early Childhood Programs
Mercy College offers B.S. /M.S. Dual Degree Programs in Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). The College also offers a M.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) as well as a M.S. in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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