Welcome to the Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma.
If you are not a member of ECAO, we would love for you to join. When you join ECAO, you also get memberships to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and SECA (Southern Early Childhood Association), with all the benefits of all three organizations. Click the membership tab above for more information.
Dr. Mona Lane Remembered
Long time human development and family science faculty member Mona Lane passed away following a sudden illness Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Stillwater, Okla. Dr. Lane, whose career at OSU spanned more than 45 years, was an expert in early childhood education.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Lane received a Master of Science in early childhood education and a doctorate in family relations and child development in the College of Human Sciences. Her career started in the Child Development Lab as an assistant. She became a faculty member as an instructor and lead teacher in the CDL where she developed the infant-toddler lab. Throughout her career, most students enrolled in early childhood education had Dr. Lane for at least one class and usually several more. A story on Dr. Lane in the college’s magazine highlighted the fact over the years she often taught the children of her past students.
As a member of the Oklahoma Association on Children Under Six, Lane held several leadership roles including president in 1987. She also served as state president of the Association of Childhood Education International. Lane was an active member and served on the boards of directors of the Southern Early Childhood Association, and in leadership positions in the Oklahoma and National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Oklahoma and National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and Organization Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire ( world organization for early childhood education). Mona was an avid OSU fan attending all sports events and serving on the OSU Athletic Council.
Donations can be made to the NAECTE Foundation in Mona's memory.
ECAO Mission Statement
The Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma’s mission is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education and well being of young children and their families.
The Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma promotes our values of professionalism by:
Building the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of people by providing opportunities for participation, contribution, and building consensus on critical issues;
Valuing and respecting individuals with diverse viewpoints and perspectives who share a commitment to the education and development of young children;
Encouraging and supporting a strong network of chapters that provide leadership and professional growth opportunities at the community and state levels;
Supporting the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes;
Building and maintaining a strong organizational structure to provide leadership, coordination and services.