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Individual Membership

We would like to invite you to become a member of the Association for Early Learning Leaders, an organization whose sole focus is directors, administrators, and owners of early education programs. You will be joining a unique group of motivated leaders who speak your language and know your world.  Our members value the importance of ongoing professional development and quality improvements in programs serving young children and their families.

Why Become a Member?

Association for Early Learning Leaders is committed to providing you with the tools that you need to achieve excellence. To ensure your success, the Member Toolkit provides a myriad of opportunities for learning including online exclusive Tools of the Trade, quality webinars, and so much more!

Develop the skills that you need as an early childhood administrator by subscribing to our Member Toolkit today!

Membership Benefits:


  • Professional Membership
  • FREE monthly webinars led by AELL’s staff and experts in the early childhood field, providing training for administration, accreditation, legal issues, and human resources.
  • Access to exclusive interactive Member Forums that feature topics like “Ask the Experts”, “Event Forums”, “Get Connected”, and so much more!
  • Our e-newsletter with exclusive access to early childhood articles and event updates as well as informative emails containing timely, practical tips for early childhood administrators, and alerts about professional development opportunities.
  • High-quality, low-cost early childhood training through Smart Horizons.
  • Monthly informational emails containing timely, practical tips for early childhood administrators and alerts about professional development opportunities.
  • Discounts of up to $100 off professional training, including our Annual National Conference and  LEAD! Regional Training  Events
  • Subscribers-Only discounts on products and services, including Exchange Magazine, Discount School Supply, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, and more!
  • Complimentary job postings on our website
  • Convenient auto-renewal option to avoid lapses in your membership and access to benefits

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The Association for Early Learning Leaders is committed to excellence in the field of early childhood care and education by promoting leadership development and enhancing program quality.

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Beginning 6/1/2020, the National Accreditation Commission will resume conducting validation visits. The Accreditation Office will work with individual programs to determine the impact of local restrictions on a potential visit. The safety of program families and staff and National Accreditation Commission validators is of the utmost importance and at the heart of all decisions made during the ongoing public health crisis. Please direct any questions and concerns to Erin Schmidt, Director of Accreditation, at [email protected]. Please monitor this website for further developments and updates. From the Accreditation Team to your team, stay safe and be well.


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