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ACCESS – American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators

American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators is a national, non-profit 501(c) (3) membership association. Our purpose is supporting and advocating for associate degree programs that provide professional development to those who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of settings – public elementary schools, Head Start programs, child care centers and homes, and other community early childhood programs.


CCA – Child Care Aware of Washington

The Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral Network was created to support families and caregivers, shape policy, and build communities that promote the learning and development of children and youth throughout Washington State through a strong statewide network of local child care resource and referral programs.


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DEL – Department of Early Learning

Department of Early Learning (DEL) strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all Washington children. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children’s first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children.


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HEC board – Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) provides strategic planning, coordination, monitoring, and policy analysis for higher education in Washington, and administers state and federal financial aid and other educational services.


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National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) members are people from all across the United States and from countries around the globe. We are joined together by our common interest in Early Childhood Teacher Education.


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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.


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The National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers (NCCCC) is a nonprofit educational membership organization. NCCCC supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues, and the field of early childhood education in general. NCCCC expresses this mission through its newsletters, publications, conferences and grants.


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National Head Start Association (NHSA) mission is to coalesce, inspire and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.



Organization of Parenting Education Program is a professional organization of parenting education program administrators and coordinators representing community and technical colleges.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students. OSPI is housed in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.


SBCTC – State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is responsible for administering the Community and Technical College Act and providing leadership and coordination for Washington’s public system of 34 community and technical colleges. The SBCTC is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Governor.


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Thrive by Five Washington is a public-private partnership created in 2006 and led by education, government and business leaders. We’re committed to making sure all children have the opportunity to thrive by the time they are 5.


WAEYC – Washington Association for the Education of Young Children

WAEYC is the professional association for those working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. We have 11 local Affiliate Chapters and 1600 members throughout the state.


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Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Child Education and Assistance Program

The Washington State Association of Head Start/ECEAP (WSA) is a statewide organization composed of representatives from Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, Native American Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP. The association has been in existence since the late 1960’s, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986.