About Us

Valley of the Sun Early Childhood Association (VSECA) was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit in 1974 with the mission of serving children, families and educators in greater Phoenix and Maricopa County.  We share a proud history of becoming the second national affiliate for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2017, Valley of the Sun became a chapter of Arizona AEYC, joining our colleagues across the state of Arizona.  We are a dedicated group of professionals that work to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children here in Arizona.

VSECA is the foremost professional association for the early childhood field in Maricopa county.   We provide professional development and foster NAEYC systems support for early child care and education professionals to advance their education and careers.

NAEYC accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. Families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education.  Learn More HERE

High-quality early educators serve a vital role in ensuring all young children have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high-quality early learning. NAEYC promotes a shared vision of excellence in the preparation of early childhood professionals through accreditation and other initiatives that are responsive to the needs of individual children and communities. NAEYC’s higher education accreditation and recognition systems provide an objective external evaluation of programs preparing early childhood professionals.  Learn More HERE

NAEYC members rely on the vast resources that the association produces, including an award-winning journal and magazine, a library of bestselling books and manuals, as well as digital media. Developed by experts and thought leaders in the early childhood field, these publications focus on developmentally appropriate practice and enable members to stay up-to-date on current research and emerging trends, which they can apply directly to their classroom practice.   Learn More HERE

NAEYC is at the forefront in influencing local, state, and federal early childhood legislation, advocating for policies that reflect comprehensive approaches to providing equitable access to high-quality early learning, with a particular focus on children living in poverty, multilingual children, children of color, and children with disabilities. We strive to increase the public understanding of and demand for developmentally appropriate practice in programs serving children birth through age 8.  Learn More HERE

VSECA hosts several events throughout the year connecting Arizona educators, administrators, and advocates in the early learning community. As Arizona professionals in the field, we rely on these events to keep our practice current, hear from local experts, communicate with legislators, build a network of trusted colleagues, and stay connected to critical conversations in early childhood education and development.  Please see our EVENTS TAB on this page.