January 23, 2018

Under the direction of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Missouri Affiliate(MOAEYC), the state is divided into several Chapters. Rivers Bend Chapter runs the length of the state, north to south along the eastern border of Missouri, and encompasses counties around the St. Louis and St Charles area.

Upcoming Events Include:

  • Rivers Bend Annual Conference - April 13-14, 2018
  • Week of the Young Child Event- April 22, 2018
  • Coffee Talks (Professional Development Opportunities) -Dates TBD

Carolyn and Jerry Rybicki Scholarship

This scholarship assists in sending a current Rivers Bend member to the annual NAEYC Conference. The Carolyn and Jerry Rybicki Scholarship was established in memory of a family who gave their energy to ensuring high quality early care and education for young children in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Led by Carolyn and supported by Jerry, the Rybicki family has been tireless in supporting professional development for all teachers of young children. Upon Jerry’s death, the family established the scholarship fund through the St. Louis Association for the Education of Young Children. When Carolyn passed away in 2005, the scholarship was renamed and management was moved to the Rivers Bend Association for the Education of Young Children.





Leadership Team



Judy Simpson

Kathleen Stauder-Mueller

Laura High

Kathy Drews

Sally Halfaker

Gina Siebe

Alicia Noddings

Elizabeth Finocchiaro

Teresa Lyons

Nancy Dees

Tina Houser

Kelly Hantak

Rivers Bend Conference 
April 13-14, 2018
Information for 
Presenters and Vendors


Proposals due by DEC 30, 2017
Proposal Cover Letter
Proposal Form in Fillable PDF (for PC Only) 
Proposal Form in Google Form (for all computers) 


Vendor applications due by Feb 1, 2018

Application packet

2017 Conference Vendor Links: 
College Nannies, Sitters and Tudors
Mother Goose Time
Heart Talk Now 
Show Me Dough Fundraising

Week of the Young Child Family Event 
April 22, 2018
Free Family Night at
The Magic House 

Information Flyer