When you join VAAEYC, you become a part of a community of early childhood education professionals who care about the professional and personal growth, and are passionate about the betterment of opportunities for Virginia’s children.
VAAEYC members are a network of educators and advocates across the state that each other with connections, professional development, and advocacy. Our mission is clear, we support you as an educator and we invite you to join us.
As an affiliate of both SECA and NAEYC, you join VAAEYC by joining one of these strong national or regional associations.
What Are The Benefits of Joining VAAEYC?
By joining VAAEYC, you become a part of a community of Early Childhood Education professionals. If you care about Virginia’s children having equitable access to high-quality education, advocating for public policy that supports and grows the profession, professional and personal growth as an educator, and connecting with other educators to support you on your journey, we invite you to join us. Whether you are an educator, administrator, trainer, part of a private organization or a public school system, or a student looking towards a future in early childhood education, VAAEYC is the community for you!
Some of the tangible benefits you’ll receive:
- Bi-monthly members-only newsletter with updates from across the state.
- Registration discounts to events including the Annual Conference.
- Access to scholarship and financial assistance programs.
- Discounts and publications from NAEYC or SECA.
- Unmatched networking and support with other ECE professionals in your region through local chapters.
How do you become a member of VAAEYC?
VAAEYC is an affiliate organization of both NAEYC and SECA – both organizations devoted to the education of young children. To become a member of the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC), you join through either the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
You then automatically are assigned to VAAEYC if you reside in our region.
(The VAAEYC region includes all of Virginia except for Fairfax County, Loudon County, Arlington, and Alexandria. If you reside in one of these areas, you would have to select VAAEYC as a second affiliate – otherwise, your membership will default to the Northern Virginia affiliate – NVAEYC.)
Learn More About NAEYC
NAEYC offers the following membership levels:
Standard Membership ($69)
NAEYC Standard membership ensures you’re fully equipped as a professional, with the latest resources, events, research, discounts, and more. Benefits at the Standard level include ALL Entry Level benefits, plus more.
Premium Membership ($150)
NAEYC Premium membership provides unparalleled access to NAEYC’s robust suite of member benefits. Premium members receive ALL benefits at the Entry and Standard levels, plus more.
Family Membership ($35)
This is an exciting, brand NEW membership option designed for members outside of the early learning profession, including parents, family members, and early childhood advocates.
Entry Level Membership ($30)
Entry Level membership is a digitally-based introduction to NAEYC and its diverse professional resources. Are you a student or young professional joining NAEYC for the first time? This is where to start.
Learn More About SECA
The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Since 1948 the Southern Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.
Thousands of individuals working in every aspect of child care and early childhood belong to SECA. They share ideas in local, state, & regional meetings, in professional development institutes, and through the association’s publications & resources.
Members receive many benefits, including a journal, Dimensions of Early Childhood, discounts on publications & conference registration.
SECA is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development in the following states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
SECA has two types of membership:
- SECA/VAAEYC – $34
- SECA/VAAEYC Student – $25