WAEYC is the professional association for those working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. We have 11 local Affiliate Chapters and 1600 members throughout the state.

Our Vision and Values Statement


-Valuing and respecting all individuals with diverse viewpoints and perspectives who share a commitment to the education and development of young children and their families.

-Supporting programs and services that nurture appropriate developmental, cultural and linguistic practices for all young children and families in learning and out-of-school care programs.

-Encouraging the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes through educational and networking opportunities.

-Advocating for early learning and quality care for young children at local, state, and federal levels.

-Building public understanding and support for quality early care and learning needs of young children and their families.

Board Members:

Michelle Roberts-Past President

Sharene Leek-President

Karen Ford- Member at Large/Treasurer 

Kimberly Thiede- VP of Education and Public Policy/ Chapter Representative 

Leesa Thomas- Secretary

Courtney Nolen-Viducich -CDA & Accreditation 

Terry Miller-VP Member Services

Ann Slaughter- Member at Large

Tifhany Jones- Member at Large 

Carol Beatty- Member at Large

Bobbett (Bobbi) Cope- Member at Large

Upcoming Events

As A Teacher Grows Conference
March 23, 2019

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.