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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) works to ensure that all young children, birth through age 8, receive high-quality care and education. NAEYC members include child care professionals; infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers; center directors; primary school principals; college educators; trainers and mentors; policy makers; advocates; families; and others interested in the well-being of young children. NAEYC sets research-based standards to guide professional preparation and practice. The association provides numerous resources to help early childhood professionals and advocates for enhancing early childhood program quality; improving the professional development, practice, and working conditions of program staff; and helping families learn about and understand the need for high-quality early childhood education. Through position statements, work with other organizations, and its national ...

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