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Welcome to VAECE!

The Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education is an organization of people interested in the education and welfare of young children and their families. The purpose of this web site is to support the mission of VAECE, by providing easy access to information and reference material of interest to our membership.

Membership is available to all people concerned with the well-being of children, from birth through age eight, in Virginia. Click here for more information on membership!



Click here to learn more about who we are, our mission, vision, and purpose!





VAECE serves its members in partnership with 12 local chapters, serving all counties in the state!

Click on the map below, to locate the local VAECE chapter serving your area..

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VAECE local chapters and members work together:

  • to provide educational opportunities for adults who work with young children;
  • to advocate legislation at the state and local level for quality educational opportunities; and
  • to implement programs and services for young children and their families.

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Membership includes membership in and benefits from 4 organizations: NAEYC, SECA, VAECE, and your local affiliated chapter. You will receive:

  1. TYC Journal -6 issues or Young Children - 6 issues
  2. Dimensions of Early Childhood Journal - 4 issues
  3. Viewpoint, VAECE Newsletter - 4 issues
  4. All NAEYC Resources (20% off)
  5. Discounts on registration for NAEYC, SECA, VAECE, and Local Conferences
  6. 6 books annually from NAEYC
    (comprehensive membership only)
  7. Membership in Special Interest Groups
  8. Leadership & Advocacy Opportunities
  9. NAEYC accreditation support, teaching materials, and more
  10. Scholarships for CDA, College, National, & State
    Conferences, etc.
  11. Online classes for CDA, Director Credential, and Credential Renewals
  12. Keeping informed on what is going on in the state and
    nationally that affects you
  13. Networking and support from colleagues
  14. Advocacy on a state, regional, and national level

Plus much more!

Click below to learn more about the full benefits of membership:

VAECE Value of Membership

SECA Value of Membership

NAEYC Value of Membership



VAECE • 702 London Street • Portsmouth, VA 23704-2413 • 1.888.228.2323 • vaecehotline@aol.com