Earlene Gonzales elected president of Texas child education association

Earlene Gonzales

Earlene Gonzales

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(Feb. 27, 2014) -- Earlene Gonzales, director of the UTSA Child Development Center, has been elected president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) effective June 1. A longtime board member of TAEYC, Gonzales has more than 20 years of child development and education experience.

The Texas AEYC is a state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of the world's largest early-childhood education associations. For more than 50 years, the Texas AEYC has brought focus to the needs of young children and their early care and education. Additionally, Texas AEYC currently works to improve the early care and education workforce through scholarships and help with tuition for higher education degrees through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Texas Project.

"My goal for my term as association president is to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education at a broader level and continue to support higher education of the early childhood education workforce," said Gonzales. "The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and the national association by extension, does truly wonderful work, and I hope to continue that tradition. I want to emphasize the importance of collaboration and care between educators of young children and their communities, as I have strived to do in my own work here at UTSA."

Gonzales was appointed director of the Child Development Center in 2010. She oversees all day-to-day activities related to UTSA's child-care services for students, faculty and staff. The center is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the NAEYC.

Before joining UTSA, Gonzales served as director of the San Antonio College Early Childhood Center for nearly 12 years and director of the San Antonio Independent School District Learning Center for Teen Parents for nearly four years. She also worked as an educator in infant, toddler, pre-school and kindergarten classrooms for many years.

Gonzales holds a master's degree in early childhood education and teaching and a bachelor's degree in human services with a specialization in child development from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. She received an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Child Development degree from San Antonio College.

>> For more information, visit the UTSA Child Development Center website or call 210-458-6364.