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Early Childhood Professional Organizations

Are you aware of organizations that support your role in Early Childhood? Check here to see some professional organizations at the state and national levels.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education.  Through the vision and dedication of more than 29,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities.  Join CEC and get the professional development, resources, and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today’s new challenges in special and gifted education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents.

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Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

DEC is an international membership organization that promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

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Kansas Parents as Teachers Association

Kansas Parents as Teachers Association provides networking opportunities, leadership, visibility, research and information to build high quality PAT programs throughout Kansas.

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National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

The purpose of NAECTE is to promote the professional growth of early childhood teachers by advocating for improvements in early childhood teacher education, discuss educational issues specific to members, provide a communication network and facilitate the interchange of information and ideas about research and practice.

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National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

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National Head Start Association

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 20,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. 

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Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

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