Article I.  Name

The name of the organization shall be the Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council of Washington.

Article II.  Purposes

The purposes of ECTPC of WA shall be:

  1. To promote collaboration and articulation between preparation programs at associate degree granting institutions and institutions that grant bachelors, master and/or doctoral degrees.
  2. To inform policy makers and to have an influential voice on the policy decisions that effect the preparation of Early Childhood Education teachers in the State of Washington.
  3. To encourage research and interpretation of research that improves the quality of teacher preparation and early childhood programs.
  4. Collaborate with other groups and agencies working in ECE.
  5. To encourage credentialing, certification and best practices standards for various levels of ECE instructional personnel;
  6. To provide opportunities to collaborate among Early Childhood Teacher Educators in the State of Washington regarding issues and concerns related to quality preparation of teachers who assist young children ( birth to age 8 ) to develop and learn.
  7. To be aligned with the national associations: ACCESS (American associate Degree Early Childhood Educators), National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and National Association for the Education of Young Children, that provide a global view of early childhood teacher education.

The organization mission statement will be reviewed every three years.

Article III.  Membership and Dues

The membership of the organization shall be open to all persons engaged in, or supporting the preparation and continuing education of individuals involved in the early childhood profession.

Membership in ECTPC of WA shall become effective upon payment of dues for the membership year, beginning November 1 and ending October 31 annually.

Dues for annual member ship shall be set by the membership with the approval of memberships.

Article IV. Officers

The elected officers of this organization shall be president, president elect, past president, secretary, and treasurer.  These officers shall be elected at the fall meeting.  Term of office shall be two years.  These officers will be the executive committee.

The executive committee shall have the power to fill vacancies in offices occurring during a term of office until the next regular election, with the exception of the president.  Should the office of the president become vacant, the president elect shall become president immediately and serve the unexpired portion of the president’s term.

Nomination of officers shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the executive committee.

The committee’s responsibility shall be to strive for equitable representation of all types of public and private institutions on the executive board:  (1) institutions that grant bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral degrees; (2) associate degree granting institutions.

Article V.  By-Law Changes

Proposed by-law changes must be (1) submitted at a regular meeting of ECTPC of WA, (2) published in the minutes distributed to all voting members, and (3) voted on at the next regular meeting of the organization.

Article VI.  Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in “Roberts’ Rule of Order, Revised” shall govern the proceedings of this association, except in case governed by the By-Laws.

Article VII.  Dissolution

The organization shall be dissolved upon two-thirds vote of the current voting membership.

Upon the dissolution of the group, the members shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the group, dispose of all assets of the group to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organizational under Section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.)