HiAEYC is the Hawaii state affiliate of the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Founded in 1972, HiAEYC grew from 123 members to over 900 members. Annually, HiAEYC in collaboration with other early childhood organizations and state government offers an early childhood state conference drawing over 1,500 participants.

A Quarterly newsletter is published and available to members. HiAEYC strongly advocates for improved education, health, and family support policies and programs for young children and their families at the local, state, and national government level and secures financial support from membership and local philanthrophy.

HiAEYC has statewide member representation on the governing board through these members and in conjunction with county relationships they offer island conferences, workshops and family events.

Through NAEYC, members have access to professional journal Young Children, Teaching Young Children a magazine for Teachers, additional professional publications, and information on conferences and resources across the nation. NAEYC also houses the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, which offers an accreditation process for early childhood programs.

Some of our accomplishments…

  • HiAEYC developed and implemented the Hawaii Early Childhood Accreditation Project in 2002.
  • HiAEYC established a Career Development System planning process in 1996.
  • 2006-2008 HiAEYC serves on ECE Task Force for ACT 151 & Co Chaired Act 259.
  • HiAEYC advocated for strong licensing regulations for both preschool and infant/toddler care.
  • 2011 HiAEYC launches public awareness campaign: Early Education and Care-Bank on it!
  • HiAEYC is an organizer of the Annual Early Childhood and Leadership Conference bringing together over 1,500 participants.

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