Submission Guidelines for the NAEYC For Families Website
Thank you for your interest in writing for the NAEYC For Families website. We are actively looking for the following types of content:
- Brief web-friendly articles or other media related to children’s learning and development
- Ideas families can try at home related to their child’s learning
- Information about choosing quality child care
- Our Learning Moments blog posts--personal stories related to children’s learning and development
We will be in contact with you if your proposal has been accepted.
The website offers content directly to families.
Structure your content
- Provide specific, practical, tips and strategies for parents and families.
- Content must be research-based and reflect the principles of developmentally appropriate practice.
- The content should be easy to use and absorb. Both informational ideas and reflective or inspirational stories are welcome.
Because For Families articles are short, it is important to pick a topic that you can cover thoroughly yet still stay within the word limit. To achieve this:
- First, identify the broad, overarching topic. For example, you may want to write about literacy, dual language learners, or science.
- Once you have identified the broad topic, think about how you can narrow it to focus on specific strategies for families.
Content for the web is brief. Focus on specific ideas to keep articles brief. 500 words or less is a good length for a web article.
- Present information using bullets, subheadings, lists, checklists, and high-resolution photographs, if available.
- Use plain language that is clear, straightforward, and easy for readers to understand.
Decision 1: We will let you know if your proposal has been accepted. At this time we will offer feedback and guidance on the content and format of the article.. Please note that an invitation to submit content does not guarantee publication.
Submittal: If invited, submit your article for further review to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to consult the web writing guidelines. If submitting video or photographs, include a description of what the images depict. With your submission you should include a brief bio.
Decision 2: We will let you know if your content is accepted for publication, if a revision is requested, or if we will not be publishing the content at this time.
Editing: Note that all submissions are subject to editorial review and revisions, copy-editing, and design. We will share the edits with you, pose queries, and ask for additional information, as needed.
Copyright and clearance requirements: Before publication, we will provide copyright and clearance forms to ensure that NAEYC has the rights to publish the content. We also require the rights to use all photographs and videos. Photographers must obtain and maintain model releases from the subjects of the photos/videos. See http://www.naeyc.org/publications/forauthors/photoguidelines for more information.
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Check out our author guidelines for: