Who We Are

PennAEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is a dynamic membership organization of early childhood care and education professionals.

Our mission is to be an effective voice for high-quality early childhood care and education. We do this through policy development, advocacy and professional development and supports for early childhood professionals.

PennAEYC's vision is that all Pennsylvania families will have access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education opportunities for their children provided by a profession that is valued, well compensated and supported.

Prepare Now for Upcoming Grant Opportunities Coming Soon to The PD Registry 

OCDEL plans to administer upcoming grant opportunities through Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry. There are steps early childhood professionals and programs can complete now to prepare, including:
  1. Create an account in the PD Registry
  2. Complete their profile
  3. Add their employment
Directors and/or owners should complete the steps above for themselves and assist their staff to complete them as well. Directors must also verify all staff who have added their employment to their profile and are able to invite any staff who have not added their employment. Verifying employment is important to ensure everyone is eligible for upcoming grant opportunities in the PD Registry.
About Us

We are an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a dynamic membership organization of early care and education professionals.


A professional membership with PennAEYC is the best way to stay connected to the latest information, action and research about early care and education.

Our Work

We are steadfast in the vision 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.

Policy & Advocacy

Become an informed and educated advocate, your voice matters! Learn more about state and federal policies that impact early care and education and what you can do to share your voice.


Early childhood experiences are critical in the healthy education and development of young children. Learn more about quality early care and education.