As a membership association governed by an elected board, NAEYC is committed to diverse leadership on the Governing Board. The slate for each year’s election is identified by the Nominating Panel. Candidates are chosen to reflect broad knowledge and awareness of the issues facing the Association. They are selected for their ability to objectively consider the variety of perspectives inherent in decisions affecting the Association’s future, not to represent a particular group, region, or interest.
2016 Election Slate and Bylaws Revision
In addition to electing three new Board members (see below), the ballot will include a resolution to approve revisions to NAEYC’s Bylaws. This letter from Rhian Evans Allvin describes why the revision is so important.
Candidates for Governing Board at Large
Isauro Escamilla Calan,
Preschool Lead Teacher, Las Americas Early Education School, SFUSD, San Francisco, CA
Deputy Director of Program, Early Childhood Services, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Santa Fe, NM
Professor, Teacher Education and Human Services, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH
Managing Director, Early Childhood Education, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Candidates for Governing Board at Large—Affiliate Service Pathway
Michael Abel, Director of Research and Evaluation, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National Louis University, Wheeling, IL
Sebreana Domingue, Young Child Wellness Coordinator for Project LAUNCH, Lafayette, LA
Thank You to the Nominating Committee
NAEYC expresses its sincere appreciation to the members of the Nominating Panel for its work in selecting this year's slate: Ann McClain Terrell, Chair; board members Susan Perry-Manning and Vincent Costanza; and members at large Michelle Brown, Linda Halgunseth, Araceli Lopez, and Robyn Lopez Melton. We also sincerely thank all the NAEYC members who volunteered to be considered for board service.
Note: Additional nominations may be proposed in a petition signed by a minimum of 660 NAEYC members. Anyone planning to submit a petition should call NAEYC (800-424-2460, ext. 8835) for special instructions on how to submit signatures for verification. Petition signatures must be verified prior to December 1, 2015, for a candidate to qualify for the 2016 election ballot.
Bylaws revision also on ballot
In addition to voting on the slate of candidates for election to the board, members will be asked to approve a resolution by the Board to revise the association’s bylaws. The last substantive revision of NAEYC’s bylaws occurred in 1991. Much has changed in the last 25 years, and our bylaws needed significant revision to reflect best practices in nonprofit governance. Learn more about these revisions in this letter from our Executive Director, Rhian Allvin.
All NAEYC members as of December 31, 2015, are eligible to participate in the 2016 Governing Board election. The election will be conducted online, with notifications regarding the ballot sent to all members in early January 2016. Paper ballots may also be requested.
Election Campaign Guidelines
Based on its commitment to equity in the election process, NAEYC provides a variety of mechanisms to assist members in making informed decisions when voting and for candidates to present relevant information to all members. In each mechanism, candidates determine which information they feel is relevant to their candidacy. All candidates for elected office, whether identified by the Nominating Committee or by petition are expected to comply with this procedure and the Election Campaign Guidelines.
(a) The slate of candidates for election will be presented to the membership at the Annual Conference in November, on the NAEYC website, and through electronic communications sent to all members. Official information shall be presented in a way that avoids preferential treatment of any one candidate.
(b) The final slate, including petitioned nominees, will be provided to all members, accompanied by written statements from each candidate.
(c) Petition candidates will be identified as such in all official information about the slate, and on the ballot.
NAEYC will regularly evaluate the official election activities regarding their effectiveness in promoting voter participation in the election process and helping members make informed decisions.
Election Campaign Guidelines for Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums
(a) Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums are expected to encourage their members to vote in the election.
(b) Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums are expected to limit the information they provide about candidates to official information provided by NAEYC unless specifically approved in writing by NAEYC.
(c) When Affiliate Groups or Interest Forums provide information about any candidate, they are expected to acknowledge all candidates equally.
Election Campaign Guidelines for Candidates
- Network with professional colleagues via face-to-face meetings, one-to-one telephone calls, and electronic mailings/postings to encourage participation in the voting process and to inform them of their nominations and seek their support; and
- Participate in NAEYC planned or sanctioned activities provided to inform NAEYC members about all of the candidates.
Candidates may not:
With the exception of limited costs associated with the acceptable practices above (e.g., Internet access), make expenditures associated with their candidacy, including:
- Soliciting or accepting financial support from either individuals, professional associations, corporations, or employers; and
- Seeking or accepting an employer or corporate sponsorship that would distribute campaign items or mailings on a candidate's behalf.
- Produce and use campaign paraphernalia including, but not limited to: buttons, fliers, balloons, display booths, stickers, ribbons, or other give-aways.
- Seek or accept public "official" endorsement of, or financial contribution from, any NAEYC Affiliate, Interest Forum, committee, commission or council.
- Seek endorsement of their candidacy from members of the NAEYC Governing Board or NAEYC employees/staff in their official capacities.
- Run on a "ticket" (i.e. encouraging members to vote for individuals as a part of a slate).
Members of the Nominating Committee shall remain neutral and non-partisan during the elections process. It is unacceptable for any NAEYC member to lobby a member of the Nominating Committee on behalf of themselves or other potential nominees. Any questions about these practices should be sent to email@example.com.