Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education. NAEYC members include teachers, Para-educators, center directors, trainers, college educators, families of young children, and the public at large. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.

NAEYC members receive valuable benefits, including an award-winning publication, voting rights to elect diverse leadership to the NAEYC Governing Board, and the opportunity to add their voices to the NAEYC Call to Action. In addition, members receive discounted rates on books and multimedia resources, and reduced conference registration fees at the local, state, and national Affiliate levels.

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NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. NACCRRA works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve their mission, they lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research, and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

Since 1987, NACCRRA has been working to improve the system of early learning for children by:

  • Providing training, resources and best practices standards to local and state CCR&Rs that support high-quality, accountable services
  • Promoting national policies and partnerships that facilitate universal access to high quality child care
  • Collecting, analyzing, and reporting current child care data and research, including child care supply and demand trends
  • Offering child care and parenting information and resources to families and connecting families to local CCR&R

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Ellen Olson
Early Care & Learning Subject Educator
(315) 223-7850 x235

Last updated July 26, 2019