Writing for NAEYC For Families
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Submission Guidelines for NAEYC For Families
Thank you for your interest in writing for NAEYC For Families.
Before submitting your idea:
Browse the articles in the For Families section of the website
Review our writing guidelines
Learn more about the decision and publication process
Submit your idea using this proposal form
We will acknowledge the receipt of your submission via e-mail. Although we are not able to provide specific feedback on all submissions, we will contact you if your submission is a good match for the current needs of the For Families audience. Articles selected for publication are considered a contribution to the profession; authors do not receive fees or royalties.
Please keep the following in mind when submitting your work:
The website offers content directly to families and care givers of young children.
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
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.
In general the For Families site does not publish content or promotional pieces that focus [and promote] on one organization's products or services as editorial content.
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 you will be given instructions on how to submit your article for further review. 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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