The Reno Association for the Education of Young Children (RAEYC) is a local chapter of the Nevada AEYC and affiliated with the National Association. RAEYC serves individuals working in early childhood education in the Reno/Sparks and surrounding areas. They sponsor educational events, advocacy activities, special events such as the annual ECE Awards Night, and have regular membership meetings.

RAEYC Vision Statement

All children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

RAEYC Mission Statement

RAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.


  • President: Kayelynn Ogden
  • Vice President: LeAn Shelton
  • Treasurer-Elect: Nisa Butler
  • Secretary: Nina McCartney
  • Historian/Newsletter: Crissy Mann
  • Public Policy Coordinator: Jencie Davies
  • Technology Chair: Courtney Traphagen
  • Member at Large/Events: Marena Kelley

Open Board Positions

The R.A.E.Y.C. Board is always seeking nominations to fill open positions or future positions. Nominees should be current or potential members who are passionate about children and family issues in Nevada and must be able to commit the time necessary to achieve progress on our organizational goals and mission. Elections will be held in November with new members beginning a 2-year term in January. For more information on current open Board positions and the nomination process, please contact us.

Open Positions: Nomination Chair/Membership Chair, Accreditation Chair, Educational Development Chair

RAEYC Events

Super Saturday  
Sept 23rd 7:30am – 3:00pm

Don’t miss out on this amazing Super Saturday of ECE Trainings hosted by RAEYC! Come and get some training hours while getting involved in some unique topics! We will be discussing Infant/Toddler sleep, Difficult Administration Conversations, Speech and Language Development (From and SLP), and many more topics! These will be taught by familiar faces in the Reno ECE world, including some UNR Professors and the Associate Dean of the COE. It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn about some very interesting topics and gain 6 hours of training! We will see you there!

Sign up now for $35, or pay $40 at the door!


RAEYC presents “A Night At The Oscars” – 2017 Early Childhood Education Celebration Oct 7th 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Come out for a formal event celebrating all of those who work in early childhood education! We will be honoring those who work in the early childhood education field through an award ceremony and dinner. It is going to be an exciting night, with people from all over the ECE community making appearances.

Also, make sure to nominate your choices for many different roles in the ECE community – this link will take you straight to the nomination page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoca-JlsTr6NIkGJ2CO9BVaGti6PguUv8-I6ru10iFf10NkA/viewform

Nominating is a great way to bring recognition to those in the ECE community who work hard to make it the best that it can be!

Come ready for a night of fun and networking with other ECE professionals! With all the hard work you put in throughout the year you deserve a night of celebration!


RAEYC  Leadership Academy

Inspiration, Reflection, Direction, Action

The purpose of this academy is to help early childhood professionals develop their leadership skills and take on more of a leadership role in the Early Childhood Community. The Leadership Academy requires a 10 month commitment from participating emerging leaders. Please contact Kayelynn Ogden for more information.