Circle of Excellence: Melanie Cole

EveryChild California is proud to recognize Melanie Cole of the Merced City School District the July 2019 recipient of the Circle of Excellence award.

The Circle of Excellence is awarded to a member of EveryChild California who has supported the Associations' endeavors and has shown outstanding leadership within the ECE community.  

Melanie shares with us her professional journey with Early Childhood Education:

I have been in education for over 35 years.  I started my career in education as a preschool aide while I was in high school and then became a preschool teacher while attending college.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  As I was attending college, my professional goal was to become a director of a preschool program.  While in college I also earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and spent some years teaching K-3rd grades.  Because of my love for literacy, I was also a Reading Recovery Teacher and spent a year as a librarian. I am so fortunate to have worked with so many fabulous colleagues.  I loved being a teacher and when I was given the opportunity to be an instructional coach for preschool teachers I felt I had found the best job in the whole world.  I loved working with teachers and still had the pleasure of working with young students.   Read the rest of Melanie 's story by clicking here!

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We are a group of highly focused and committed professionals covering the spectrum of State funded early care and education programs, that share a common goal; to work together to solve problems, develop best practices and be a passionate advocate in California. 

Advocacy/Legislation: Stay informed on legislative, advocacy and budget issues that matter to ECE programs, including Member-Only legislative updates. 

Networking: Connect with over 1000 ECE peers, representing over 50% of CDE contractors in California, allowing you to make professional contacts in your industry and within your specialty. Gain access to EveryChild California Member Connect
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Education/Professional Development: Save with special member pricing to experience the most valuable industry conferences and workshops in our profession. Industry leaders and government agencies come together to teach and share the most up-to-the-minute information for our community. 

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Membership Types
EveryChild California offers a variety of membership levels to serve the needs of all! Anyone who is active in any aspect of the early care and education community and interested in supporting the objectives of EveryChild California is welcome to become a member. Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. 

Comprehensive: Those persons who currently work, or have recently worked in publicly funded early care and education programs and related services including area experts, non-administrative and support positions. Comprehensive membership includes all the rights and privileges of membership.  

Affiliate: Affiliate members must be associated with and employed by the same agency as a Comprehensive member. Affiliate membership privileges include event and publication discounts and all written communications received by the general membership.

Associate: Persons in associated early care and education fields but not publicly funded agencies. 

Retired: Those who are no longer employed in the ECE industry, but would like to stay connected. 

Industry: Those businesses and organizations who feature products or services that benefit early care and education programs.

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