Who We Are

NVAEYC is a proud affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We are 501(c)3 membership organization serving Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Loudon County in Northern Virginia. Our members are early childhood educators and other advocates and professionals who work with or on behalf of young children.

Vision, Mission, and Goals


Every child birth through age eight has a safe, healthy environment with caring people who promote their well-being, meet their individual needs, and support learning through play.



NVAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for every child birth through age eight. We connect practice, policy, and research to support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children in Northern Virginia.


Advocates | Inclusive | Developmentally-Appropriate | Responsive | Professional

Executive Board Members
Kimberly Reinhard

Jennifer credits her daughter and grandchildren as a reminder of the importance of providing young children with the opportunity to succeed, as it relates to quality early childhood care and educational experiences.  For every child, we have a limited window to provide an educational foundation, before they enter kindergarten. Kimberly has been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years as a teacher, director, trainer, author and consultant. She has served on the board of NVAEYC for over five years. 

Past President
Paige Beatty

 Paige has been working with the NVAEYC Board for almost 15 years, and is also active in the state association. She is the Program Director for a government child care center in Washington, DC.  

Rosemary Kendall
Past President

 Rosemary Kendall has been an early childhood professional for over 40 years as a teacher, director, parent educator, researcher, advocate, and consultant. She considers NAEYC her “professional home” and has held various positions in NVAEYC since she moved to Northern Virginia in 1981. 

Diana Jenkins

Diana has been involved with early childhood education for 2½ decades in various capacities and currently serves as director of the Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool and as the NVAEYC treasurer. 

Shelley Keith is an adjunct with Northern Virginia Community College and a Mentor/Coach with several early childhood programs in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.  She has extensive early education experience with a wide variety of programs.  Shelley holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Lynn DuBois

Lynn DuBois is relatively new to NVAEYC and is very excited to be on the Board.  She brings nearly 25 years of teaching experience to her post. Lynn currently teaches at Christ Presbyterian Preschool in Fairfax.    

Sarah Erdman
Member-At-Large: Membership

Sarah Erdman is an early childhood educator and museum professional. She teaches at FB Meekins Cooperative Preschool and works with museums to engage young children

Maria-Isabel Ballivian

Maria-Isabel Ballivian joined NVAEYC in May 2019.

Member At Large
Mia Batson

Mia Batson joined NVAEYC in May 2019.

Member At Large
Executive Staff Members
Diane Volcansek
Executive Director

Diane brings an impressive skill set and knowledge of the key issues in the early childhood community. Diane is an early childhood professional with more than 25 years of experience in the field as a teacher, administrator, grant administrator, and teacher-educator. She has also led early education programs through the NAEYC accreditation process. She can be reached at ed@nvaeyc.org

Committee Chairs
  • Accreditation: Open 
  • Emerging Leaders: Open
  • WOYC, Family Engagement: Kimberly Reinhard 
  • Public Policy: Liz Cassidy 
  • Scholarship: Dianne Rose 
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an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).