Preschool Teacher - Professional Organizations

Click on each professional organization to learn further information. After exploring one of the websites for professional organizations write in your journal about the information you found there. What are the benefits of becoming a member? What did you find out the made you want to join this organization?


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization. To learn more about NAEYC, please go to:

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori, AMI works to maintain the integrity of her life’s’ work through training, conferences and publications. To learn more about AMI, please go to:

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is a multidisciplinary, non-profit professional association whose purpose is to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines. SRCD also works to encourage the application of research findings in the field of child development. To learn more about SRCD, please go to:

North American Reggio Alliance (NAREA) is a network of educators, parents and advocates who seek to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of education of schools and centers for young children. NAREA is focused on exploring and espousing the ideas and ideals of the constructivist, creativity based schools in Reggio Emilia Italy. NAREA publishes the periodical Innovations. To learn more about NAREA, please go to:

Children Now A national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority. To learn more about Children Now, please go to:

National Child Care Association (NCCA) The Mission of National Child Care Association is to promote the growth and safeguard the interest of quality early childhood care and education focusing on licensed, private providers of these services. To learn more about NCCA, please go to

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) A private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. To learn more about NHSA, please go to

National Network for Child Care (NNCC) Our goal is to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the land grant universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public. We network with committed individuals around the country to bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children. To learn more about NNCC, please go to


California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) is a non-profit organization, the California affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). CAEYC supports quality early care and education for all children, from birth through age eight, and promotes excellence in early childhood education wherever children grow and learn. To learn more about CAEYC, please go to:

California Early Childhood Mentor Program (CECMP) provides opportunities for experienced early care and education teachers, directors and site supervisors to mentor less experienced colleagues, college and ROP students in their community. Mentors are selected based on professional qualifications and a quality assessment of their classroom. Selected mentor teachers and directors can receive stipends for their service. Experienced early care and education professionals that are interested in mentoring in Long Beach can contact Dana Van Sinden at To learn more about CECMP, please go to:

WestEd: Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC) is a project of the Center for Child and Family Studies, PITC is committed to increasing the availability and quality of child care for all children under the age of three, disseminating information that increases the practice of responsive, respectful and relationship-based infant-toddler care, and , regional and local policies and practices so that the needs of infants, toddlers and their families are the foundation for all curriculum development and program activity. To learn more about PITC, please go to:

Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) CDTC provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. In doing so, we help promote professionalism and high quality early care and education programs that benefit California’s children and families. To learn more about CDTC, please go to

California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA) To find conferences sponsored for administrators of publicly funded early education programs, please visit:

Infant Development Association of California (IDA) is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to ensuring optimal developmental outcomes for infants with special needs and their families. IDA brings together professionals from the public and private sector to work collaboratively across disciplines to encourage Best Practices in the field of Early Intervention. Training opportunities energize early intervention professionals to promote the highest level of family focused service delivery.To learn more about IDA, please go to:


Beach Cities Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) is the local affiliate for NAEYC. BCAEYC serves the Local Long Beach and South Bay Area. To learn more about BCAEYC please go to:

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