The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the biggest organization committed to the well-being of young children in the world. The organization's mission is to ensure that the educational rights, needs and well-being of all children are being taken care of.
The NAEYC looks to improve the quality of education for children all the way up to 8 years of age. The improvement of working conditions and professional practice in early childhood education is one of the key goals of the NAEYC. Another aspect of the organization is to support early childhood programs by striving to maintain an elite system of early childhood education. From there, the goal is to construct a high-quality diverse organization of individuals and groups who strive to promote high performance in early childhood education.
In 1985, the NAEYC instituted a national accreditation system that created standards for early childhood education programs. These programs enable families to find premier educational opportunities for their children. The NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Program gives accreditation to associate degree programs that have the proper standards for early childhood educator programs. The organization also recognizes baccalaureate and graduate programs that are a part of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education system.