All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.


AzAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting 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.

Core values


Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.
Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn.
Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family.

Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society.
Respect the dignity, worth and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member and colleague).
Respect diversity in children, families and colleagues.
Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.

Core beliefs

Excellence and Innovation
We are imaginative risk takers willing to challenge assumptions while being accountable to our mission and fiscally responsible.

We act with openness and clarity.

We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes and engage in continuous quality improvement.

Equity and Opportunity
We advocate for policies, practices, and systems that promote full and inclusive participation. We confront biases that create barriers and limit the potential of children, families and early childhood professionals.

Collaborative Relationships
We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, respect and trust.

AzAEYC Non-Discrimination Policy

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