LSU College of Human Sciences & Education and National Association for the Education of Young Children Announce State Affiliate – Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children
BATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children will host a virtual announcement at 10 a.m. today to mark the official opening of the Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children (LAAEYC).
With a mission of advancing the early childhood profession and supporting all who care for, educate and work on behalf of young children, LAAEYC joins a community of 51 affiliates and nearly 60,000 individual members from throughout the United States and beyond.
“The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education is honored to partner with NAEYC, dynamic leaders in educating young children. The Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children is a critical means for us to serve early care and education professionals across the state,” said LSU CHSE Dean Roland Mitchell, PhD. “We’re excited for this announcement and grateful for the collaboration and innovation with NAEYC as we work together to make Louisiana a place where our youngest children continue to develop, learn, and thrive.”
“NAEYC recognizes the vital role early childhood educators perform. We look forward to combining the extensive resources of LSU and this national organization to cultivate leadership and innovative strategies to propel the field, profession and systems of early learning and collaborating on practice, policy and research,” said LAAEYC Institute Director Cynthia DiCarlo, who also serves as the executive director of the LSU Early Childhood Education Institute and the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool.
"NAEYC is thrilled that the Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children will be joining our network of affiliates across the country," said Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO of NAEYC. She continued, "we are honored to partner with LSU to ensure early childhood educators across Louisiana have a professional association home."
LAAEYC will include five regions – the Greater New Orleans, River Parishes, Cajun Country, Crossroads and Sportsman’s Paradise. Membership is open to anyone who supports the field of early care and education, including, but not limited to, early care and education teachers and administrators, curriculum specialists and trainers, early childhood advocates, higher education faculty, and students (high school-college level).
LAAEYC members can expect to have access to professional development, strategic networking and advocacy opportunities on a state and national level through NAEYC.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. Learn more at www.naeyc.org.