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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes high quality early learning for all children ages birth through age 8 by connecting research, policy, and practice.

NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood education profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Our state allies can call on NAEYC to:

Help them ensure that their response to the pandemic and efforts to rebuild the child care sector are informed by and reflective of the diverse voices, strengths, and needs of early childhood educators working in all settings.

NAEYC can connect allies with Affiliates and educators, and help root their advocacy and policymaking in the expertise of educators across settings. Strategies include direct engagement as well as surveys, focus groups, data analysis, storytelling, and communications through traditional and social media.

Provide expertise on a range of early care and education issues, especially ECE workforce and higher education policy, and engaging educators as part of grassroots and advocacy communities.

As a national network of early childhood education professionals, NAEYC has extensive expertise in issues that impact and equitably advance the workforce, particularly concerning the education and compensation of early childhood educators across settings.

Provide guidance on a state policy agenda and federal-state advocacy strategies that support and advance an equitable, well-prepared and well-compensated early childhood education profession.

NAEYC offers implementation resources and guidance to states to help them align with the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession, developed by 15 national organizations in partnership with the ECE field. NAEYC also supports advocates to engage in timely federal advocacy that centers the voices, experience, and expertise of educators.