Being a part of professional early childhood organizations provides networking, informing of current and relevant issues in the field, and grouping efforts to promote change.
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
"ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation and advocate for children." Their mission is "to promote and support the optimal education, development, and well-being of children worldwide."
Association for Early Learning Leaders
“The Association for Early Learning Leaders, formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to excellence by promoting leadership development and enhancing program quality through the National Accreditation Commission's standards. Since 1984, Early Learning Leaders have been serving childcare directors, owners and administrators.”
Child Care Aware of America
"Child Care Aware of America is our nation's leading voice for child care." To achieve their mission, they "lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families."
Division for Early childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
"The Division for Early Childhood is your professional home for promoting policies and practices that result in enhanced outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families! DEC is the voice for early intervention/early childhood special education. Your professional voice. Joining the Division for Early Childhood gives you the opportunity to engage in advocacy conversations that matter to you! DEC is also the home of the DEC Recommended Practices, which support the implementation of evidence based practices across the field of early intervention/early childhood special education."
HighScope: Quality Early Education Through Active Learning
"As a HighScope Member, you’ll receive exclusive access to resources designed for your success. This FREE membership keeps you connected with best teaching practices and activities from early childhood experts, and the most up-to-date policies and research from the field of early education."
"Advancing the professional development and recognition of early childhood educators"
Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
"The mission of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting 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."
Michigan Education Assocation
"MEA is committed to creating and maintaining an effective education system that Supports the development of successful, empowered students; advances the principles of democracy, human and civil rights; meets the needs of our global society; and improves the quality of life for all."
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
"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. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children."
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
"The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership association. NAFCC represents professional providers throughout the United States and in some cases on US Military bases located internationally. NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care."
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
"The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's members include science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. NSTA's mission is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center
This website is for early educators are working in private for-profit or not-for-profit programs, Head Start, prekindergarten classrooms or family child care homes, T.E.A.C.H. has increased the availability of accessible, affordable college education and workforce supports for these women in low wage jobs working with vulnerable children in early education settings.