Brief History of Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children
As researched and presented by Jean Rustici

By 1966, four local affiliates existed in Connecticut

Hartford 016
Mid-Fairfield at 017
New Haven at 018
South Fairfield at 019

We believe all of these groups probably existed in the 50’s as members of National Association for Nursery Education (NANE) affiliates and then filed together at the time of the name change to NAEYC.

The first four were followed by:

Southeast in 1972
Southwest and Shoreline in 1976
Central Naugatuck Valley in 1984 and
Northeast in 1988, our youngest group

CTAEYC boasts 3 members who served as President of NAEYC:

Dr. Harriet Nash from 1954-1955
Eveline Omwake from 1967-1970
Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan from 1998-2000

CTAEYC is cited in legislation concerning the makeup of the CT Day Care Council (since 1969) where we have long participated and for many years have been a part of a legislative coalition call the Early Childhood Legislative Collaborative. In fact, we helped found this group. We have always had a strong interest in regulations and are proud of our involvement in helping to establish strong regulations.

CTAEYC members at the local and state level, function continually in public policy concerning the early care and education industry, young children and their families, and the general well-being of families in our state. We actively participate in many groups and send official delegates to five other organizations reporting those activities back to the Board:

Our Mission and our History demonstrate the strong convictions that CTAEYC and its local chapters are committed to making the world a better place for all young children and their families. Today, as the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the mission of the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CTAEYC) is to enhance the care, education, and development of Connecticut’s young children, in the context of family, and community; and to support the professionals who care for them. CTAEYC provides training to increase the competencies of professionals and promotes them through support and advocacy activities.