The Association for Early Learning Leaders, formerly the National Association of Child Care Professionals, is a not for profit organization created in 1984 to serve directors and administrators of early care education programs as well as owners. The Association for Early Learning Leaders strives to provide excellence in the industry through the promotion and enhancement of leadership development and program quality.
The Association for Early Learning Leaders aims to create and promote connections between members and professionals in early childhood networks and organizations. Connections are aimed to create collaborative and meaningful networks for all members. Members of the association are offered professional development opportunities, these opportunities are created in order to assist members to create and expand their strengths in leaderships and to enrich the quality of early learning programs. The Association for Early Learning Leaders provides various professional resources. These resources include, but are not limited to, free weekly training webinars, a comprehensive ongoing quality improvement system that recognize the diversity within programs, and quarterly trade journals to impact the quality of the early childhood industry.
In 2012, The National Association of Child Care professionals implemented a rebranding campaign which included changing their name to the Association for Early Learning Leaders. The rebranding campaign strives to provide a well-connected organization which allows thoughts and ideas to be shared freely in order to create strong relationships and increase learning.
The Association for Early Learning Leaders is currently one of the top associations serving those in the early care and education field. The association is constantly expanding, with a current total of 1,400 programs (1000 of which are accredited programs) in 35 states in the United States, as well as in the District of Columbia.