Our Mission

We connect, develop, and represent Arkansas early childhood care and education professionals. In doing so, we elevate the diversity, equity, and vibrancy of the profession and to ultimately promote high-quality care and education for all Arkansas children and families.


To further the development of knowledge and understanding of young children and the dissemination of such information.


To contribute to the professional growth of persons working with and for young children.


To encourage the provision of education, developmental resources, and services for young children.


To work to improve the standards for group care and education of children, and improve the quality of life for them.


To provide support for AECA members in their work for these objective

Working for the children

For more than 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
  • Produce beneficial publications
  • Support public policy issues for southern children

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