The Association for Early Learning Leaders, formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to excellence by promoting leadership development and enhancing program quality through the National Accreditation Commission's standards. Since 1984, Early Learning Leaders have been serving childcare directors, owners and administrators.
Early Learning Leader's goal is to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of early care directors, owners, emerging leaders and other early learning professionals to ensure quality child care programs for young children. Our primary purpose is:
Promote and create meaningful collaborative connections among members, other professionals, and national early childhood organizations.
Provide professional development opportunities to strengthen the leadership skills of administrators and enhance the quality of early learning programs.
Promote quality improvements to achieve and recognize excellence in early care and education programs.
Provide access to a variety of quality professional resources impacting the early childhood field.
We achieve this by providing quality services, including professional Membership, program Accreditation, annual national Conference and unique professional development and training opportunities designed specifically for individuals who lead early care and education programs.
The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive ongoing quality improvement system that acknowledges the diversity of programs through the self-study and award process. Over 1,500 early learning programs in 38 states, DC and overseas participate in the Accreditation process. These include but are not limited to university and college campus based programs, private child care, faith based preschools, head starts, public preschools, corporate centers, DoD programs and employer sponsored programs.