North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children


NCAEYC is a proud state affiliate for NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children whose mission is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research.

NCAEYC works to advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. NCAEYC is committed to promoting Equity in Early Childhood Education.

As a membership association for early childhood education professionals, NCAEYC works to serve and connect our members and our field to: each other, resources, networks, high-quality professional development and advocacy opportunities. The impact of the individual and collective commitment of NCAEYC members creates a community of early childhood professionals that impact children and families in an array of roles and settings across our state: from child care and elementary classroom teachers, teaching assistants, administrators, child care center directors, elementary grade principals, higher education faculty, technical assistants, consultants and systems leaders, our members care about doing our best individually and as a field for young children and families.

NCAYEC’s priority initiatives focus on  the critical importance of professionalism and well-being on practice in early care and education. NCAEYC and its members contribute uniquely to North Carolina’s early childhood education landscape by promoting and implementing NAEYC Standards, Position Statements, Principles, and Practices as well our field’s Code of Ethical Conduct. NCAEYC is committed to developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and professionalism in early care and education so children, families and our field thrive.

NCAEYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has been contributing to the early childhood education landscape in North Carolina since 1953.

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