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About Us

​We are an organization for early childhood professionals, by early childhood professionals. 

We support early childhood professionals through offering affordable and accessible professional development opportunities, participating in advocacy efforts on a state and federal level, cultivating a supportive statewide network of early childhood professionals, and uplifting the voices of teachers.

COAEYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is the Colorado affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives. -Robert John Meehan

Our Mission

We strive to help early childhood professionals develop, grow, and succeed; and to promote equitable access to quality learning and care for all of Colorado's children.

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Our Vision

At COAEYC, our goal is to advance the early childhood profession. We envision a world where early childhood educators are valued and highly compensated, and where children have equitable access to quality learning and care programs. We want all professionals and providers -- from school districts to home-based programs, from metro Denver to the rural corners of our great state -- to feel included, heard, and valued.

We believe that curiosity invites broad, multi-dimensional, and diverse viewpoints that advance our mission. We also believe that in order for the early childhood field to be inclusive and high-performing, we must recognize the uniqueness of and invest in groups and individuals.


Our Mission

A NAEYC and COAEYC membership is an investment in early childhood and an investment in yourself.

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