Early Childhood Associations

The field of Early Childhood Education includes an abundance of organizations that support the professional development of early childhood teachers and promote improvements in services to young children and families. Early Childhood Educators become members of one or more of these associations to help them grow professionally,  stay current on early childhood issues and participate in group efforts to promote change.




Family Child Care Networks (FCCN)

Family Child Care Networks are composed of a variety of local family child care providers who meet on a regular basis to promote trainings, technical assistance, networking and partnerships. They can be reached at 1-888-335-1002.

Greenville County Child Care Association (GCCCA)

The Greenville County Child Care Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to publicly promote and encourage quality child care in Greenville County. 



South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) 

The mission of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance is to raise awareness, help to increase sustainability, and promote the importance of quality after school programs in South Carolina.

South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC)

The purpose of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children, to encourage the study, interpretation, and improvement of their education and general well-being, to cooperate with other groups having compatible purposes, and to support and promote local SCAEYC chapters/cluster.

South Carolina Association of Early Care & Education (SCAECE)

The South Carolina Association of Early Care and Education promotes physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth in child care programs, encourages and cultivates cooperation between its members, presents to the general public and the governing authorities factual information concerning the operation of these facilities, advocates for quality child care, and provides member services and programs.



National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8 years old.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. 

National After School Association (NASA)

NASA partners with the Afterschool Alliance on issues of public policy and advocacy to advance the issues affecting the afterschool field. 

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

NBCDI’s mission is to improve and protect the quality of life of black children and families. Its vision is a society that embraces the commitment to a successful future for every child.

National Head Start Association (NHSA)

The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families.

Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)

The Southern Early Childhood Association is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development.

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

The NABE is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both English language learners and bilingual education professionals.  

National Child Care Association (NCCA)

The mission of the National Child Care Association is to promote the growth and safeguard the interest of quality childhood care and education focusing on licensed, private providers of these services.

National Association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

NACCRRA is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers located in every state and most communities across the U.S.



Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite their knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation, and advocate for children.

World Organization for Early Childhood Education – United States National Committee 

OMEP is the only worldwide non-governmental organization that focuses on education and welfare of young children, ages 0-8 years of old.