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California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

CAAEYCBack in 1926, The California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC) was referred to as the Nursery Education Associations.  This organization was created over 70 years ago as a result of a group of dedicated nursery school professionals gathered to share and distributed information in support for the emergency profession at the time known as Child Care.  Until 1955 in the state of California, the Associations were divided into Northern and Southern California Associations for Nursery Education, and they came together to form the California Association for Nursery Education (CANE) at their very first board of directors annual meeting.

It wasn’t until 1996 that CANE became CAAYEC. The name change was adopted after the organization saw an increase in membership, and wanted the name to reflect the goals of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (NAEYC).

CAAEYC has had over 40 years of development and growth and has become a compelling force connecting educators of young children and advocating for professional and political leadership. Annually they sponsor a state conference that united providers of Child Care Service across the state in addition to leaders from roughly 28 affiliates and dozens of partner organizations.

The CAAEYC’s mission is dedicated to progressing excellence throughout the early care and education profession. CAAEYC visualizes a respected professional workforce that provides developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive, high-quality, early care, and education for all young children. The organization plans to achieve its vision through education, research, professional development, and advocacy.

The California Association For The Education of Young Children’s Strategic Initiatives

  • Build economic sustainability
  • Build a robust, Unified Voice for CAAEYC as Leading Advocacy Organization
  • Increase both participation and Effective Communication (using people and technology) at every level
  • Build stakeholder and partner relationships between organizations that have common-values
  • Develop well-organized and effective governance structure

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