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Why It Matters …

A Membership Overview

By joining NAEYC and Indiana AEYC, you’ll make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has led the way to excellence in early child care and education. NAEYC comprises nearly 80,000 members from 300+ affiliates in more than 120 countries. They are teachers, administrators, parents, educators, and policy members who are committed to improving the quality of early care and education for all young children.

As our state’s affiliate, Indiana AEYC is enriching the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.  Founded in 1964, Indiana AEYC has advanced early childhood education for youngsters from birth through age eight and their families across the state.  Your membership provides YOU with the latest research, informative resources, networking, and educational opportunities to help you lay the foundation for your students’ school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement. Empowering individual educators in turn enriches our schools and child care centers.

Through a vibrant network of state and local affiliates, members work together to reach NAEYC goals for excellence in education and early care.  You’ll also be connected with a local chapter of early childhood professionals with whom you can share ideas, discover best practices, network for job opportunities, and strengthen your local educational community.  Chapter Map

Three membership options—Comprehensive, Regular, or Student—tailor benefits to support the important work of early childhood professionals at different points in their careers.

Are you ready to advance your career and enrich kids’ lives? Learn more about membership benefits and options now!

Downloadable Resources:
Members Brochure

Six Great Ways You Benefit by Membership in NAEYC and Indiana AEYC

1. Be enriched!
Access the latest research to inspire and inform your work with young children. Choose a journal or magazine filled with authoritative guidance and ideas you can put to use every day in your profession. (Comprehensive members receive six free books each year.) Visit the members-only area to read digital versions of Young Children, exclusive articles, and previews of new books.

2. Save 20% off NAEYC books and resources!
NAEYC is the premier publisher of research-based books and multimedia for early childhood educators who work with children of different ages and in a variety of settings. Members save 20% on all products in the NAEYC catalog and online store.

3. Receive generous conference discounts!
Pay less to attend professional conferences and other career development opportunities at the national, state and local levels. NAEYC’s Annual Conference is the world’s largest early childhood education conference and your opportunity to network with early childhood educators from around the globe.  The Indiana Early Childhood Conference sponsored by Indiana AEYC is the largest early childhood conference in the state.

4. Build your network and let your voice be heard!
As a member, you’re entitled to all local and state member benefits. So you can …

  • Attend local and state affiliate conferences, professional development events, and networking opportunities.
  • Join an NAEYC Interest Forum and add to its strong voice of advocacy for early childhood education throughout local communities and the Indiana state legislature. 
  • Receive Public Policy Alerts and help create our state’s annual Public Policy Agenda.

5. Change the world!
Partner with NAEYC and Indiana AEYC in education, advocacy, and public awareness activities that increase understanding and support for high-quality early childhood education among policy makers and the public. NAEYC is a leading voice for early childhood education to Congress and other federal entities.  Indiana AEYC is one of the leading voices for early childhood education to local and state policymakers.

6. Be recognized as a leader in education!
Open the door to many new opportunities that NAEYC and Indiana AEYC offer members to get involved. Accept a position serving on the Governing Board or as a committee chairperson.  Volunteer at a special event. Put your unique talents and expertise to work for young children and families across Indiana.

When I started out my Family Child Care Home, people were talking a lot about quality child care.  I asked myself, what is quality child care?  By obtaining a scholarship through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA project at the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children and college classes, I learned what quality care and education is and how to implement it.  I feel with the education I’ve gotten, I can help children be more productive citizens in the future.
8% Increase annually for the last four years.
Through the Indiana Accreditation Project, Indiana AEYC provides financial and technical support to over 900 early care and education and school age facilities across the state.

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