In 1953, a dedicated group of early educators came together to form the North Carolina Kindergarten Association (NCKA) to “promote the professional growth of its members, to increase community understanding of the kindergarten child and to work toward the attainment of standards established by the State Department of Public Instruction.” In 1974, NCKA reorganized to become the state affiliate for the National Association for the Education of Young Children broadening our focus to children birth through age eight. Throughout our proud history, visionary leaders have continuously made investments in North Carolina’s youngest children, their families and early childhood professionals.
Sixty years later, NCaeyc is committed to honoring this “Legacy of Leadership” as we continue the work of inspiring and promoting excellence in the care and education of young children. As we kick off this year’s Conference on September 12th, we embark on a joyous time of celebration of our past, present and future. It is a time to emphasize the critical importance of our members who have such an incredible impact in the daily lives and future prosperity of our state’s most precious resource, our children. We hope you will join us for this special 60th Anniversary Conference, and that your professional development experience will be meaningful, relevant and memorable. After participating in the conference, you will leave with heightened levels of skills and knowledge and the motivation to put into practice all that you learn. Thank you to all of our members, affiliate leaders, volunteers, conference attendees, vendors and sponsors for your shared commitment to excellence and your ongoing support to North Carolina’s oldest and largest early childhood professional association.
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