Top 3 Early Childhood Associations

Top 3 Early Childhood Associations

As an early childhood educator, it is important to remember that information changes over time, and we never stop learning and growing, even as adults. As a result, it is imperative we remain current and updated on best practices and expectations for our little ones we work with on a daily basis. The best place to receive this type of information would be through an Early Childhood Association. See below for the Top 3 Nationally known associations.

1. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Started in 1926, the NAEYC has grown to become the largest association of its kind in the world. It is designed for educators who work with children up to eight years old.

2. Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) – This international association works with children from birth to their teenage years. The ACEI provides the latest information about best practices in early childhood education. There are also grants, awards and scholarships to help educators learn more about the field.

3. National Head Start Association (NHSA) – This is one of the professional early childhood education associations that is devoted specifically to Head Start children. The underlying goal of the NHSA is to strengthen Head Start services through training and advocating for specific policy changes.

The best way to maintain your professional dedication, is to consider joining one of these, or another highly recognized, early childhood association. We never stop learning!