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This list of professional educational organizations is offered as a resource for early childhood educators and teacher educators.

ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation and advocate for children.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

The Association for Constructivist Teaching is a professional educational organization dedicated to fostering teacher development based on the following principles: constructivist teaching provides a rich, problem-solving arena that encourages the learner’s investigation, invention and inference; and the constructivist teacher values learner reflection, cognitive conflict and peer interaction.

The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) is part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP provides publications and information to the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities. This section of the CEEP website contains information and resources related to the approach to early childhood education developed in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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 eight. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.

Ounce of Prevention gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the  highest quality care and education from birth to age five.

Project Zero‘s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. It is located at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and offers professional development initiatives throughout the year.

Reggio Children is a mixed public-private company that the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, along with other interested subjects, decided to establish in 1994 to manage the pedagogical and cultural exchange initiatives that had already been taking place for many years between the municipal early childhood services and a large number of teachers and researchers from all over the world. This new experience was based on an idea originally proposed by Loris Malaguzzi and carried on by a committee of local citizens and educators. Reggio Children’s aims and purposes are inspired by the philosophy and values of the educational project developed and practiced in the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, in order to protect and communicate the wealth of knowledge developed within this experience.

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program is to promote school readiness and improved learning outcomes of young children by providing high quality professional development programs to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and caregivers who work in early childhood programs located in high-poverty communities and who primarily serve children from low-income families.

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

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