Mission Statement:

The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children’s mission is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education, and well-being of young children and their families.

OKAEYC is host to six chapters that provide programming at the local level for our members. Our state organization has an annual fall conference in OKC with hundreds in attendance. We publish online journals and newsletters, host webinars, regional conferences, as well as work with stakeholder partners to advocate for quality early care and education experiences for all children in the state of Oklahoma.

As an affiliate of both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), we keep our members informed of current issues in the early childhood field. Members participate in the legislation and advocacy, quality improvement initiatives, accreditation facilitation, reviewing and publishing evidenced based practice material, building professional development opportunities, and growing professional recognition and membership.


OKAEYC promotes our values of professionalism by:

Building the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of people by providing opportunities for participation, contribution, and building consensus on critical issues.

Valuing and respecting individuals with diverse viewpoints and perspectives who share a commitment to the education and development of young children.

Encouraging and supporting a strong network of chapters that provide leadership and professional growth opportunities at the community and state levels.

Supporting the development of individuals’ professional competence and attitudes.

Building and maintaining a strong organizational structure to provide leadership, coordination, and services.