National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This national professional membership organization works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

NAEYC comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 300 regional Affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together with these partners, NAEYC works to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

 

NAEYC General
NAEYC Membership
Professional Development Resources and Activities from NAEYC
Conferences and Training Programs
Accreditation Programs
Public Policy Advocacy
Center for Applied Research
Quality Enhancement Initiatives/Global Programs
Interest Forums

 

NAEYC General

Vision Statement

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

Mission Statement

NAEYC 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.

NAEYC Strategic Priorities

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NAEYC Membership

NAEYC currently has more than 60,000 members. Members represent all sectors of the early childhood education field:

When an individual joins NAEYC, she/he is joining the national association as well as one or more affiliates.

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Professional Development Resources and Activities from NAEYC

Print & Online Publications/Resources

NAEYC's print and online publications have significant content -- archived for searching on topics of interest, and new books and other resources are created and disseminated every month! Comprehensive members receive new books as a benefit of this membership option.

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Conferences and Training Programs

NAEYC convenes the Annual Conference & Expo in November, the Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in June.

NAEYC conducts "live" (face-to-face) training programs on a variety of topics, including:

NAEYC has an online program, Documenting Quality -- with additional online programs planned for the future.

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Accreditation Programs

NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age 8. Accreditation systems are major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education; they allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality.

Accreditation of Programs for Young Children

Since 1985, NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs.

These programs provide high-quality care and education to nearly one million young children in the United States, its territories, and programs affiliated with the United States Department of Defense anywhere in the world. NAEYC does not accredit other programs internationally (but see Global Programs offerings below).

Accreditation of Associate Degree Programs

NAEYC's Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that meet Professional Preparation Standards for programs preparing early childhood educators.

Regulation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs

NAEYC also recognizes high-quality Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs, as part of a partnership with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Public Policy Advocacy

NAEYC is at the forefront in influencing local, state, and federal early childhood legislation, advocating for policies that reflect comprehensive approaches to providing equitable access to high-quality early learning, with a particiular focus on children living in poverty, multilingual children, children of color, and children with disabilities. We strive to increase the public understanding of and demand for developmentally appropriate practice in programs serving children birth through age 8. NAEYC provides a number of online resources to help early childhood educators and others advocate for high-quality programs for young children and families, including:

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Center for Applied Research

NAEYC's Center for Applied Research has a primary goal of encouraging and supporting all those in the early childhood field to become critical consumers of research about early childhood development and education. The Center for Applied Research curates and communicates research through conference sessions, position statements, reports, research news posts, and other channels to promote the relationships between research, practice, and policy.

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Quality Enhancement Initiatives/Global Programs

As part of NAEYC's strategic priority to cultivate leadership and develop innovative strategies that propel the field, profession, and systems of early learning, NAEYC is expanding its role in early childhood education across the globe.

NAEYC's international efforts offer customized support to early childhood communities.

The Quality Enhancement Initiatives team also supports our global members through the development of language-specific tracks during the Annual Conference and Expo.

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Interest Forums

Members of NAEYC have the option of also joining one (or several) Interest Forums. These groups are designed to allow members to connect with others who share their same area of focus, interest, or discipline. The were created to encourage the exchange of diverse opinions and to further discussion, dialog, and reflection of particular topics relevant to NAEYC's mission and goals.

Current NAEYC interest forums include:

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