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Winter Workshops

Musical Learning in the Preschool Classroom 

Music has a powerful impact on learning and understanding new concepts in your classroom. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn new curriculum ideas using music, movement, and music picture books. We’ll also “create music” as well! Presenter: Ginger Acopiado

Tuesday, January 23 7-9pm

Mundelein Park District

1401 N. Midlothian Rd. Mundelein, IL 60060

Flannel Boards, Puppets and Props-

Let’s Revisit These Classic Storytelling Methods

Do you feel like your group time is a struggle, children are so energetic they can’t sit still? Let’s revisit flannel board stories, puppets and other circle time props to create an exciting circle time that grabs children’s attention and helps them focus. We’ll talk about story selection, creating flannel stories, materials, storage, puppets and other circle props. Please note, drawing skills are not required. Original creations will be on display. There will be an opportunity to create your own flannel board story. Please bring sharp scissors (for cutting through felt/materials) and a gallon zip lock bag to hold your creations. Presenter: Carrie Rafalski

Tuesday, February 13 7-9pm

Hoffman Estates Park District – Triphahn Center

1685 W. Higgins Rd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


Cost: FREE for GoAEYC Standard & Premium level members

$5/person for non-members.

Cash or Check payable to GoAEYC. Pay at the Door.

Registrations will be accepted via email only

Please send the attendees’ name, Gateways number & contact number to:


Limited space is available. RSVP right away!

Winter Workshop Flyer 2018.pdf

Spring Symposium March 10, 2018

Join us on Saturday, March 10, 2018 for GoAEYC's annual Spring Symposium at Harper College's J Theater for the presentation:

Create Peaceful, Compassionate Classrooms Through Solving the Riddle of Preschoolers' Challenging Behavior

If preschoolers knew how to use words to resolve conflicts on their own, they would do so without teachers’ reminders. They need adults to help them learn how to do so through direct coaching and supportive encouragement. Similarly, challenging behaviors do not generally disappear through the exertion of external control by adults, but rather through problem solving, strategic communication that engages cooperation, and the provision of individual intervention plans as needed to meet children's needs and support healthy functioning and the development of self regulation skills. This brain based approach to managing challenging behaviors not only creates compassionate classrooms, it will also help teachers meet the requirements of the new Illinois state law regarding preventing preschool expulsion. Presented by Nancy Bruski, MA, LCSW. 

For printable flyer please click here. 

To register on-line for this event please click here.

GoAEYC Events

GOAEYC Board Meetings

The GoAEYC Board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at Children's Home + Aid in Arlington Heights.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend!  For more information about our next meeting, or to RSVP your attendance, please contact us for more information. Attend a Meeting!


GoAEYC is excited to be a Gateways Authorized Entity. Your in-service hours through GoAEYC will be documented on your PDR. For more information on Gateways please click on the Resources Tab.

Spring Symposium At Harper College

More information to be announced. The Symposium at Harper College is a excellent way to achieve professional development in the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Please save the date: Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Wheels on the Bus

More information to be announced. The Wheels on the Bus event allows participants to see best practices in different NAEYC Accredited programs as well as Gold Star centers in our area. You'll hop on a bus to visit a variety of different centers and become inspired with your own environment.

Back to School Workshop

Join us for a fall 2018 workshop to get you excited and prepared for your new school year. Past events have included Lisa Murphy the Ooey Gooey Lady. 

Fall Conference 

Our conference was on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. We had over 45 workshops on various topics such as Leadership, Professional Development, STEAM, Brain Development, Spanish and many others. 

Winter Workshops

Join us on Tuesday, January 23 from 7-9PM for Ginger Acopiado's presentation: Musical Learning in the Preschool Classroom. 

Join us on Tuesday, February 13 from 7-9 PM for Carrie Rafalski's presentation: Flannel Boards, Puppets and Props.