South Sound Association for the Education of Young Children

We are an organization of early childhood professionals representing family child care, preschool and infant/toddler center caregivers, school age providers, Head Start, Resource & Referral, elementary school teachers and others who work for young children and their families in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties.

We are the local affiliate of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We provide scholarships for early childhood education to our members and support other organizations that also support the early care and education of young children.

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May 12, 2015

Longtime Advocate Margie Reeves Recognized by Former Governor Gregoire

February 18, 2013

Former Governor Chris Gregoire recently recognized Margie Reeves for her tireless work on behalf of children and families in Washington State over the past 35 years. In addition to being the first Head Start Director in Thurston County, Margie has served statewide as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Child Care and the Children's Budget Coalition and was State Advocacy chair for Public Health and Safety Networks. She was a founding board member of Child Care Aware of WA (formerly statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Network); a founding member of the Children's Alliance, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children, the Child Care Coordinating Committee, and the Early Learning Action Alliance. Thank you, Margie, for all you have done for children and families in our state!

Margie Reeves passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Margie Reeves dedicated more than 60 years advocating on behalf of children and families across Washington State. She worked tirelessly to assure that children have early and sustainable access to safe and nurturing places to live and learn, and that families have the training and assistance they need to raise their children. Margie served statewide as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Child Care and the Children's Budget Coalition and was State Advocacy chair for Public Health and Safety Networks. She was a founding member of the statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Network, the Children's Alliance, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children, the Child Care Coordinating Committee, and the Early Learning Action Alliance. Margie's accomplishments are many, including being recognized as the second Head Start Director in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties, a founder of the Child Care Action Council, a founding member of the Thurston Early Childhood Coalition, and the statewide Chair of Children and Family Issues for the League of Women Voters. Governor Christine Gregoire recently recognized and honored Margie for her longstanding advocacy and support of early learning, children's education, and family support. Margie was born in Estill, South Carolina in 1924, and received her bachelor's degree from Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee, Florida. She married Bruce Reeves in Puerto Rico in 1946. They had a strong marriage lasting 67 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by their children, Susan Fiksdal (Allen), Doris Reeves, Kaki Reeves, Herb Reeves (BG Sandahl), nine grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren as well as her niece, Linda Weightman (Gary) and grandniece.


Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theolympian/obituary.aspx?pid=167654875#storylink=cpy

2016 Annual Conference
SSAEYC Regional Tapestry Early
Childhood Conference
Sept. 24th, 2016
7:00 am - 4:30pm
           

6 "STARS" Hours and will include a Continental Breakfast and Lunch!     

Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Boulevard, Centralia, WA 98531

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