Teachers in every state are required to acquire a certain number of professional development training hours each year. These trainings help teachers obtain professional learning experiences that work to inform their teaching practices and support professional advancement.
The National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals, who focuses on improving the quality and accessibility of early childhood education programs. They provide many resources for educators and families, including professional development for early education providers.
NAEYC offers online learning that is interactive and self paced, to best fit the needs of educators. These trainings are research based and align with NAEYC standards. These professional development opportunities provide practical strategies that support best practices in early education programs.
Webinars are live trainings in which the host is able to share content with their viewers, but they do not see each other. Unlike traditional online learning, audience members of a webinar are able to type in any questions that they have during the webinar for the host to answer. NAEYC offers webinars for early childhood educators to build their professional skills while exploring important topics and issues in the field.
Visit NAEYC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to attend an in-person training session. You will be able to engage with other like-minded early education professionals while learning invaluable information and strategies for increasing the quality of your program.
Accreditation is a voluntary process to improve the quality of early care and education programs. A program that is accredited through NAEYC displays a high level of commitment to being the very best at what they do. NAEYC has 10 standards for what high quality early childhood education programs should provide.
- Standard 1: Relationships
- Standard 2: Curriculum
- Standard 3: Teaching
- Standard 4: Assessment of child progress
- Standard 5: Health
- Standard 6: Staff competencies, preparation, and support
- Standard 7: Families
- Standard 8: Community relationships
- Standard 9: Physical environment
- Standard 10: Leadership and management
Please review our article for the 10 Standards of Early Childhood Education in Preschool Classrooms.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND INSTITUTE
Every year, early childhood educators from around the world attend NAEYC’s annual conference to collaborate and learn. NAEYC also has a professional learning institute that consists of over 200 sessions devoted to providing the most up to date information and research in early childhood education to all professionals within the field. The learning institute also gives its attendees the opportunity to network with leaders in the field of early childhood education, as well as popular authors within the field.
The National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest nonprofit organization representing early childhood educators. They define the standards for high quality early education programs and provide many resources for professionals within the field, as well as families.