Improving the quality of programs

for Tidewater-area children from

birth through third grade

   About Us

TAECE is a nonprofit organization that provides support and training for child-care and elementary school teachers and children in the Tidewater area.

Our organization is made up of early childhood educators that are dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

It is our goal to facilitate enhancement in the professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education by creating professional development opportunities and resources.

We strive to set and promote standards of professional practice, as well as to improve the public's understanding, support, and funding of high quality programs in child care centers and family child care homes.

It is also our goal to create public awareness of ideal standards of education for young children in order to assure their strong and healthy development.

We want to hear from you!

Contact us via email

or by calling

1 (800) 424-2460



Bonnie Turner and

Gretchen Tisone ​

Past C0-Presidents

Marvis Hazel and

Alicia Spencer

1st Vice President


Vondella Breeden​

2nd Vice President (Membership)

Annette Johnson

Recording Secretary

Hattie Harris

Corresponding Secretary

Nancy Kerns


Judy Hunt


Marvis Hazel

Alicia Spencer​


Shirlie Anson

Accreditation/CDA Committee

Gwen Robertson, Judy Hunt and Julia Boberick  

Public Policy Committee

Beth Diehl,  Gretchen Tisone


Alicia Spencer

Finance Committee

Shirlie Anson, Judy Hunt, Bonnie Turner and Gretchen Tisone

Hospitality Chairpersons

Betty Ann Pagels and Beverly Outzs 

Publications/ Newsletter

Tammy Castagna

Nominations/Elections Committee

Alicia Spencer, Bonnie Turner, Marvis Hazel and Gretchen Tisone

Ways and Means

Nancy Kerns

Week of the Young Child

Connie Goode