OCAEYC Vision and Mission

The Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC) vision is that Early Childhood professionals ensure all young children thrive, learn, and reach their full potential.

The Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children, the local affiliate of the National Association of the Education of Young Children, is the largest organization of this kind in the county. Our mission is to support early childhood professionals in their work with children birth through age eight, to advocate for high standards and improve working conditions in programs for young children, and to promote public understanding of issues affecting children and their families.

OCAEYC Executive Board

Our Executive Board consists of our President, President Elect (serves every other year), alternating with our Past President, Treasurer, Secretary and VP of Membership.

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OCAEYC Board Members At-Large

In addition to our executive board, OCAEYC has six to nine Board Members At-Large. These board members chair our major committees. 

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OCAEYC Committees 

OCAEYC has several committees that help guide our work. These committees are chaired by our Board Members At Large.  Some board committees include: board development, fund development, community partnerships, membership services, professional development, communications and conference / events. 

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Current OCAEYC Board Members for 2020-2021

Learn more about our current Board Members and the focus of their work. If you are interested in volunteering for a committee, or have any questions about our work please reach out to us.

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OCAEYC Board Meetings

OCAEYC holds General Board Meetings on a bi-monthly basis. Board meeting dates are posted on our Event Page, and current members of OCAEYC receive email invitations to attend. General Board Meetings are open to all members of OCAEYC.

Board Meeting Agendas are posted on the website during the meeting, and the Meeting Minutes are posted once they have been approved. Meeting Minutes are approved during the next Board Meeting.

If you are not a current member of OCAEYC, but are interested in attending a meeting or volunteering, please email us at [email protected].

Learn about NAEYC

NAEYC supports the work of these remarkable individuals by serving as their voice and by passionately advocating for what we know to be right for children and for educators. NAEYC also does this by offering a robust suite of national resources, as well as local offerings from our network of Affiliates across the country. NAEYC members have access to cutting-edge content and professional development to support their career growth. Through our online communities, publications, and events, you are connected to peers and the most notable thought leaders in the early learning field.

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NAEYC 2020 Annual Conference

This year the conference was offered via a virtual platform and offered over 40 workshop topics, networking opportunities, and resources. Registered attendees have access to view the conference sessions until December 12, 2020. You can find more information and resources from the conference here.

We hope you had the opportunity to attend! OCAEYC helped support the conference by sending out 90 "We wish you were here boxes." The closest location to receive a box was Irvine, California and the farthest one was mailed was to Japan. There was a lot of support from early educators all around the country!

Contents of the "We Wish You Were Here" Boxes.

Sending out the "Wish You Were Here" Boxes.

Support Our Work!

You can donate to OCAEYC and support our work. Donations are used to provide professional training and support to early educators which includes an annual conference, workshops, and scholarships to conferences. It also allows us to expand our ability to advocate for public policy that supports the well-being and success of children.

You can also support our work by choosing the Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children as your charitable organization when you shop on Amazon Smile. Click here for Amazon Smile.