Join a Professional Organization

Joining a professional organization is a great way to expand your knowledge base and network within the District’s Early Learning community. For teachers who want their voice to be heard, joining forces with other professionals is the way to go! Whether the organization advocates for more funding for early learning services, like DC Collaborative, or supports members in connecting to the national early childhood movement like DC AEYC, membership in a professional organization is sure to boost your resume and overall career projection.

  • Ten Reasons to Join an Association – This article outlines the benefits of joining a professional organization. After reading, get the ball rolling by joining one of our pre-screened professional organizations today!
  • DCAEYC – DC AEYC is the local affiliate of National Association for the Education of Young Children. This organization promotes high-quality early learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.
  • National Black Child Development Institute – This organization advocates on behalf of Black children and families and provides a host of benefits for early childhood educators including discounted conference registration and current research around Black children and families.


What Professional Organizations should I join?

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 young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

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