About the Association

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children represents over 1,100 members throughout our state. We support efforts to improve teaching and learning, promote leadership and professional development in our field, support accreditation and excellence in early childhood education programs, and build public awareness through advocacy and outreach. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.

Iowa AEYC Vision
All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
Iowa AEYC Mission

Iowa AEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
Iowa AEYC Core Values 

The Iowa AEYC values:
  • Early childhood as a distinct and specialized state of human life, full of wonder and precious opportunities for development.
  • Professionalism as a critical goal for the early childhood field, and professional growth as a lifelong process for early childhood educators.
  • Reflective practices as a means of promoting continual professional growth.
  • The value of mutual support among a diverse, broad-based and inclusive Iowa AEYC membership.
  • The value of collaboration between Iowa AEYC and key stakeholders in the early childhood field.
  • The role of a strong, caring community in nurturing children and families.
Iowa AEYC Core Beliefs
The Iowa AEYC holds true that:
  • Excellence and Innovation -- We are imaginative risk takers willing to challenge assumptions while being accountable to our mission and fiscally responsible.
  • Transparency -- We act with openness and clarity.
  • Reflection -- We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes, and engage in continuous quality improvement.
  • Equity and Opportunity -- We advocate for policies, practices, and systems that promote full and inclusive participation. we confront biases that create barriers and limit the potential of children, families, and early childhood professionals.
  • Collaborative Relationships -- We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, respect, and trust.
NAEYC Affiliate Charter Agreement - Iowa AEYC
Strategic Plan
Iowa AEYC's Strategic Plan 2022
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