RECA in Review
In October 1975 the first meeting of the Richmond Area Association for Early Childhood Education was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mary Landis, RAAECE’s founder, served as the organization’s first President.
In 1976 RAAECE became an affiliate group of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE), the Southern Early Childhood Association (then known as the Southern Association for Children Under Six) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
In l978 RAECE developed the publication and slide show presentation entitled “A Guide to Child Advocacy.” In 1993 RAAECE’s name was shortened to the Richmond Early Childhood Association (RECA).
From 2002-2004 RECA’s President, Jeanne Jones, successfully led the RECA Board through NAEYC “Reaffiliation,” a process designed to increase the professionalism of all the NAEYC Affiliates.
In 2015 NAEYC Affiliates are involved in a National Dialogue to create a new “High PerformingInclusive” Affiliate Structure for NAEYC.
RECA Early Awards
2002 Early Childhood Advocate of the Year - Jeanne Jones
2002 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year - Jeanne Tyler