What is NAEYC and the Importance of NAEYC to Early Childhood
NAEYC is an association for education of young children from birth to eight years of age
that represents families of young children, teachers, and many other people involved in early
childhood education. The NAEYC is very important to early childhood education because it sets
certain standards and criteria for educational purposes for all early childhood environments. In
order for early childhood programs to be successful, the NAEYC is strong in the belief that
certain criteria and standards be met when teaching in the field of early childhood education.
Children should have a strong relationship with the people in their early childhood
environment so they feel secure and with that feeling children can reach their highest potential in
developing and learning. Also, it is important for teachers in early childhood education to
develop relationships with children’s families and their community. For the NAEYC, these
relationships are an important standard because without relationships families can’t put their trust
in teachers and in return teachers can’t communicate effectively about children to the parents.
NAEYC believes in high-quality learning and this starts with the teachers and how important it is
to have appropriate curriculum for children to learn. Children learn something new every day
from reaching a new developmental milestone, learning a shape, or recognizing a letter or
number. A curriculum that is well-planned supports the learning for young children in the areas
of social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive. Also, teachers should take in
consideration learning disabilities and other needs of the children when making a lesson plan.
Teachers play a major role in the early childhood environment. It is up to them to implement the
curriculum in an effective way so the children learn and grow from what is being taught.
Assessing the children is important because this helps the teacher know where a child stands and
what they may need help on. Teachers can use this information to communicate with parents and
set forth goals for each child. Maintaining a healthy and safe environment to promote learning is
important to the NAEYC. Children can’t grow in an unhealthy environment, so it is
important for teachers to promote hand washing because this is one of the ways that diseases
are spread and they should maintain a clean environment. Teachers should be certified in CPR
and first aid, know the procedures to follow if a child is sick and when to send them home,
and knowledge of preparing meals safely that meet nutritional standards. It is important to the
NAEYC that teaching staff have knowledge about children and how they develop because
without the proper education, continuing education, and teacher/staff training then the standards
would be pointless because the teachers or staff would not be able to provide high quality
education to the children. It is important to keep families involved with their child’s
education so they are aware of what is going on and can assist with any information that may
help the teachers or staff. I believe community relationships help to make a program better
because they have resources such as the library that children can access. Providing an indoor
and outdoor environment to promote a child’s physical growth is essential. This environment
must be healthy and safe for the children. Licensing, maintaining teacher/child ratio, and
health and safety are some of the polices and procedures that are important for management
to maintain a long-lasting program that meets standards.