PennAEYC's vision is that every child in Pennsylvania has the equal opportunity to be a successful, responsible, and productive member of society as a result of their early childhood experiences.

Early childhood experiences are critical in the healthy education and development of young children. 90% of a child’s brain is developed during the first five years of life. The experiences and relationships children have during this critical development time will impact the future of all other learning as they move forward. Quality care involves many aspects ranging from safe and clean environments, high quality open ended play materials and most importantly opportunities to learn through play guided by well-educated teachers. When teachers know and understand child development they are well situated to create healthy educational experiences that are age appropriate and expand a child’s brain development.

Keystone STARS and NAEYC National Accreditation are examples of quality initiatives; research shows high quality significantly benefits the child, families, programs and the community. PennAEYC is dedicated to ensuring that all children have high quality early learning experiences.

For more information about quality early childhood education visit:

NAEYC What to Look for In Quality Early Childhood Programs

NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards

PA Promise

Keystone STARS