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California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) (1955 -) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) (1955 -)
Variant Name: Formerly, California Association for Nursery Education


Historical Note:

The foundation for the California Association for the Education of Young Children began with a small group of nursery school professionals at Mills College of Oakland, in 1926. After twenty years of developing separately, the Northern and Southern California Associations for Nursery Education joined their annual conferences in 1948. By January 1953, a state association proposal was written. The first annual meeting of the board of directors was held in 1955. The five regional associations of California Association for Nursery Education (CANE) became the California Association for the Education of Young Children.

The CAEYC has become a vital force uniting educators of young children. The State Association sponsors an annual state conference. In 1983, CAEYC had four regional sections encompassing thirty-three chapters and including nearly 7,000 members, making CAEYC the largest affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CAEYC seeks to improve the professional status of early childhood educators and care givers, to strengthen association leadership, to expand political power and advocacy for children, and to provide support and services for its members.






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