HAEYC is the Hawaii state affiliate of the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Founded in 1972, HAEYC grew from 123 members to over 900 members. Annually, HAEYC 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. HAEYC 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.
HAEYC has 4 local chapters: Maui, Kauai, Big Island, and Oahu. Local chapters offer island conferences, workshops, family events and newsletters.
Through NAEYC, members have access to professional journal Young Children, 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…
- HAEYC developed and implemented the Hawaii Early Childhood Accreditation Project in 2002.
- HAEYC established a Career Development System planning process in 1996.
- HAEYC advocated for strong licensing regulations for both preschool and infant/toddler care.
- HAEYC is an organizer of the Annual Early Childhood and Leadership Conference bringing together over 1,500 participants.