Early Childhood Organizations
- American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS)
ACCESS' purpose is to support and advocate for associate degree programs in the preparation of early childhood professionals who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of programs; and the instructors who teach in those programs. The organization is founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong process and that associate degree programs are an important link in early childhood professional preparation.
- Association for Child and Youth Care Practice
The Association for Child & Youth Care Practice, Inc. is a membership organization of state and regional associations, child & youth care agencies, and professionals committed to improving the field of child and youth care and the promotion and development of professional competencies.
- McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
The McCormick Center serves as a voice for the early childhood workforce by advocating for better working conditions and compensation, supporting emerging leaders from under-represented groups, and strengthening professional standards. They focus on professional development, program evaluation, research, and public awareness to help cultivate leaders in early childhood education.
- Center for the Child Care Workforce
The CCW's mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and a voice in their workplace.
- Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. They champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
- Council for Professional Recognition
The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old.The Council works to ensure that all professional early childhood educators and caregivers meet the developmental, emotional, and educational needs of our nation’s youngest children.
- Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- Division for Early Childhood
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs. Their mission is to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices to support the optimal development of young children with special needs.
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
- National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
- National Child Care Association (NCCA)
- National Head Start Association (NHSA)
- Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.