Welcome to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association

AECA is a non-profit organization comprised of early childhood professionals and parents who share a common concern about the well-being of young children and their families.

Children spend more than 11,500 hours in a childcare setting before entering the public school system

What is an early childhood professional association?

An opportunity exists when you join a professional association. Our professional association consists of people who gather together for networking events, who are interested in gaining knowledge and to support the standards for our profession.


What We Offer

  • Information about infants/toddlers
  • Access to verified training through the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System
  • CEU’s for AECA training
  • Reduced conference rates to AECA & SECA conferences
  • Networking opportunities through local affiliations or chapters
  • Full membership in the Southern Early Childhood Association
  • Best practices in childcare and early childhood education

Over 50 years of service

For over 50 years AECA has worked for quality care and education for the children of Arkansas. In conjunction with its affiliation with the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), a 13 state regional organization, our goal is to:

Expand professional growth opportunities

Contribute to state policy on childhood education

Support public policy issues for southern children

Who should join?

  • Infant/toddler or preschool caregiver
  • Kindergarten or primary teacher
  • Head Start director or teacher
  • Child care administrator
  • Elementary school administrator
  • Family child care provider
  • Advocates for children
  • School-age provider
  • Teacher educator
  • Legislator
  • Parents
  • Many More

Our Events

AECA hosts conferences that exemplify trends in our field and research proven strategies to use in classrooms and for family engagement .


Years serving the community


Become a Member

Join today and learn from the best educators in Arkansas.

58th Annual AECA Conference

October 24-26, 2019
Pre-conference sessions begin on the 23rd. 


2 Riverfront Place
North Little Rock , AR


Parking is on-site and FREE


Wyndham Hotel. Click here to book a room at our special conference rate of $99.

Conference Chair

Debbie Mays


Conference Program Chair

Paul Lazenby


Get In Touch

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