Mission, Vision, & Priority Initiatives

Mission, Vision, & Priority Initiatives

NCAEYC is excited to announce our newly stated mission, vision, and priority initiatives (Download a printable PDF)


NCAEYC promotes 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.


All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Priority Initiatives

Through professional development opportunities, resources, collaboration and advocacy, NCAEYC will positively and significantly impact:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice Across Birth – 8 Spectrum
  • Wellness and Well-being of Children and Adults
  • Professionalism of Early Childhood Practitioners & Professionalization of the Field


The North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC) is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are a membership association for anyone who is concerned with the development and education of children ages birth through eight. NCAEYC has over 3,000 members across the state, and NAEYC has nearly 100,000 members across the country. Our members include teachers, child care providers, administrators, directors, researchers, college faculty, education coordinators, quality enhancement specialists, and other early childhood professionals.

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