About us 

The Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC) is a professional membership organization that supports the early childhood workforce in Arizona. 

Team AzAEYC works hard to help elevate the early education profession in our state. We fund scholarships and advocate for better pay. We support those who want to advance their professional career path. 

We provide professional development opportunities so that early ed teachers can stay current with new advances in brain science and connect this research directly to developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom.


Many early childhood teachers — even those who hold college degrees — do not earn a living wage. In 2018, the median hourly wage for child care workers in Arizona was $11.24. For preschool teachers, the median wage was $13.42, and for preschool or child care center directors, the median wage was $18.05. 

Our members strive to build their careers by seeking continuing education options. AzAEYC offers professional development opportunities and scholarships so that financial challenges are not a barrier to advancement. 

Providing a quality learning environment for young children is every bit as complex, and important, as teaching any of the upper level grades. But many still treat early educators as babysitters. We are working to change that!

Assuring that those who work in the field of early childhood education are well-prepared to meet the needs of our young learners with a curriculum that will match new brain research is critical not only for children and their families, but for our future.


AzAEYC helps to sponsor networking and advocacy events such as the Week of the Young Child and Early Childhood Legislative Day. We seek innovative opportunities to support the early childhood workforce statewide, including our shared services web platform, AZToolkit.

We participate in early childhood advocacy efforts in Arizona as a productive collaborator and partner — pursuing opportunities for innovative projects that fit the mission and forward-moving direction of AzAEYC.

AzAEYC is a state affiliate of the National Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

All donations are tax deductible. 


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