|For Immediate Release: November 7, 2013||
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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN MAKES LIST OF TOP 50 NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
NAEYC Only Early Childhood Organization to Make Washington Business Journal’s List
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has made the Washington Business Journal’s Top 50 Associations list and is the only early childhood related organization to be included in the ranking. NAEYC, with nearly 70,000 members from more than 300 affiliates, including teachers, administrators, parents, and educators are committed to bringing high-quality early care and education to all children, birth to age eight.
NAEYC has been setting standards of excellence for early childhood education programs and professionals for 87 years and the strength, breadth and depth of its membership and affiliates has allowed NAEYC to establish itself as the hallmark organization for accreditation, research, and standards in the early childhood field.
“NAEYC’s research-driven quality standards and guidelines provide children with an opportunity to achieve and teachers with the tools they need to make that happen” said Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC Executive Director, “This recognition is a reminder of the tremendous responsibility we have to support high-quality early care and education programs that lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.”
Successful early childhood programs are those that meet high-quality standards and maintain them to remain accountable to families, their children and the public. NAEYC standards ensure all children can learn and be nurtured in safe places that meet a rigorous, reliable and proven set of criteria and helping those who make that commitment maintain those standards over time. They also encourage and support all those in the early childhood field to become critical consumers of research about early childhood development and education.
“NAEYC’s focus on high-quality early childhood programs will stand the test of time and create a return on the investment of public and private resources committed to it. We are excited about the momentum surrounding early childhood and by this ranking” said Gera Jacobs, President, NAEYC National Governing Board. “As an association dedicated to the healthy growth of all children, we want our nation to be driven by not only a commitment to early childhood, but by the high-quality standards that ensure its success.”
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.