Professional Connections

While researchers, philosophers, religious leaders, teachers and families have provided input on early childhood for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the 1920’s when formal efforts were made to organize and share ideas and visions for the early child care setting. Over the last 90+ years, collaborative work among professionals and stakeholders has increased in volume and expanded in scope. This work has resulted in great benefits for children, families, professionals and communities in present day.

There are a wide range of opportunities to be involved in early childhood professional activity. First, involvement  comes in many forms – publications, meetings, conferences, forums, advocacy, training and mentoring. Second, involvement occurs at many levels – neighborhood, city, county, region, state, country and international. Ideas and links for professional networking are listed below. If you have anything that you think might be a good addition to this list, please share your ideas with us.

Educator Bridge

Launched in 2016, Educator Bridge is a web-based service designed to help Georgia employers and job-seeking early learning professionals connect with one another.  It is powered by Georgia Association on Young Children and can be accessed here.

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Membership Organizations & Conference Hosts

American Montessori Society (AMS)
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Association for Early Learning Leaders (ELL)
Child Care Aware
Council for Exceptional Children (CEI), Division of Early Childhood (DEC)
Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care
Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA)
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
National Head Start Association (NHSA)
Professional Family Child Care Association of Georgia (PFCCA)
Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)

Research Organizations & Conference Hosts

Council for Professional Recognition
Early Childhood Investigationsh
Georgia State University Best Practices Training Initiative
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)
Zero to Three