As we begin 2019, we want to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! It’s hard to be that it’s January 2019, we have certainly seen this past year fly so fast! As the year changes, we have been changing too! Our goals for the new year have been developed through strategic prayer and planning. You have often heard “It’s a New Day at CDEA”, and that rings true as we begin our journey into 2019. This is the year we want to “Ignite” as we move forward to grow CDEA into a National Organization for Christian Early Educators.
First and foremost, God has been at work behind the scenes with your leadership! Early in November 2018, CDEA was invited to attend the Biblical Worldview Conference in Kentucky as guest of BJU Press. It was an amazing week with the nation’s top Christian Speakers, including Dr. Ken Ham, Dr. Glen Schutz, George Barna, Dr. Bryan Smith, Jeff Keaton, Ben Schettler, and Dr. Josh Mulvihill. The central theme was how to equip families and educators who shape a child’s Biblical Worldview. We learned the importance of teaching from a Biblical point of view, and that our partnership with families should foster positive relationships so that the children we serve and care for will one day have a personal relationship with Christ. Our host treated us to a visit to the ARK Encounter and The Creation Museum. It was truly a blessing for us to attend this event! We have formed relationships with many of the ministries who will help us equip YOU as you teach and serve children and families. We are excited about our new friendships with these National Christian Educational Leaders. They are excited too, as we found out we were the only early education representatives at this event. You are being prayed for by many of our new friends!
Secondly, we have been busy preparing for our Conference , which will be on February 22 & 23, 2019 at First Baptist Church Orange Park, Florida. The theme this year is “Ignite Your Passion”, and we have secured the best speakers who will inspire and encourage you! The venue will be different from years past. Instead of you moving from room to room, we bring the speakers to you! We have set aside several beautiful rooms where you will stay in them for the day, so you can relax and connect with other early educators. Our vendors are excited to be coming as well and will be setting up their displays in our main gathering area, so you can visit and shop. You won’t want to miss this event! Be sure to visit the website to register! www.cdealliance.org Please call our office if you have any questions!
Lastly, we want you to pray for us and with us as we move ahead into 2019. We encourage you to let us know how we can better serve you! Our team is dedicated to continuing the legacy of CDEA as we will continue to provide Credentials & Training, WEE Learn Curriculum Products & Training, Advocacy & Collaboration with our State and National Legislative Agencies. We are thankful for our members, our Sponsors and our new partnerships with organizations who echo our heart…we are here to serve those who serve the children. May you have a blessed New Year as you continue to honor the Lord by caring for His Little Ones. Let’s GROW together in 2019!
Executive Director, CDEA