Nurturing Center

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Award-Winning “NAEYC Accredited” Nurturing Center

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a nonprofit organization of early childhood professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education. More than 100,000 members strong, the association comprises a network of more than 400 affiliated local, state, and regional organizations, which share the belief that children’s high-quality experiences at home and in child care, schools, and after-school programs lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.

Since its founding in 1926, NAEYC has promoted a vision of excellence in early childhood education that focuses on supporting the rights and needs of children. The association works with parents, teachers, business leaders, and policymakers to bring high-quality early education and care to all young children, from birth through age eight. NAEYC is best known for raising the quality of childcare and other early learning programs. The association’s voluntary national accreditation system helps improve early childhood education and recognizes high-quality programs so that parents and other decision makers can make informed choices. Its position statements, which are informed by research and practice, have addressed a wide range of topics: for example, developmentally appropriate teaching practices; the teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics in the early years; program licensing to ensure health and safety in child care settings; the role of early childhood professionals in preventing child abuse and neglect; and the support of diverse families.

NAEYC focuses on professional preparation, resources, and training for individuals who educate children birth through age eight. Working with higher education institutions to set standards for preparing teachers, NAEYC provides guidelines for appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessments for children in preschool through third grade. NAEYC promotes comprehensive training opportunities, high professional standards, and equitable compensation and working conditions so that qualified early childhood educators will stay and grow in the early childhood profession. The NAEYC annual conference is one of the largest educational meetings in the nation, bringing together 25,000 people each year for more than 1,000 seminars, workshops and other professional development opportunities.