About Us

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood 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. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Learn about NAEYC

Engage with our Mission and Strategic Direction

Learn how our mission and strategic direction support the early childhood field.

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We Serve You

Learn about the people who serve the early childhood profession as staff or on the board of NAEYC.

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Be a Partner

Become an organizational or corporate partner to inspire and support early childhood education practices at the local and national level.


Be a Part of Something Big

NAEYC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant work environment. 

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Donate to NAEYC

Your gift to NAEYC will help give young children the best possible start in life.

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