Public Policy and Advocacy
NAEYC is a leading voice for high-quality early childhood education supported by a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession. Along with Americans of all political, geographic, and demographic backgrounds, we are coming together to demand investments in hiqh-quality early childhood education and early childhood educators, because we know that will make America brighter, stronger, and more competitive.
Policy Priorities and Initiatives
Federal and State Agendas
How our nation can do better to create opportunities that help all children and families succeed.
Power to the Profession
High-quality educators drive high-quality early learning.
Build Your Knowledge, Stay Updated, and Take Action!
Expand Your Public Policy Knowledge
Learn about federal programs and strategies to advance child care, early learning, and our current and future workforce.
Build Your Advocacy Skills
You have the passion. Now, gain the knowledge and skills to take your voice and advocacy efforts to new heights.
Read our Federal Recommendations
Learn how NAEYC elevates decades of research and evidence in child development to inform and promote federal laws and policies.
Explore the Children's Champions Archive
For years, NAEYC provided updates on federal and state early childhood policy issues via the Children's Champions. Explore this archive to learn more about our rich policy and advocacy history.
Be an Advocate
Join together to raise a powerful, collective voice and mobilize on behalf of high-quality early childhood education and educators.
The policies, standards, and practices NAEYC develops and advocates for are based on research and evidence in child development. Our organization's public policy work at the federal, state and local levels reflects the Association’s mission and strategic direction, position statements, standards for early learning programs, standards for professional preparation programs, and other resources as well as research and evidence from the field. Our issue-driven advocacy is conducted directly with policymakers and through technical assistance, materials and other support to our Affiliates and partners working on shared public policy goals and efforts.