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When you join NAEYC and choose CTAEYC as your state affiliate, you join a group of professionals who are dedicated to strengthening early childhood education in our state. In addition to attending trainings and conferences at discounted rates, you are encouraged to get involved  - attend meetings, participate in committee work, stay up-to-date on the legislative agenda related to early childhood, and advocate for young children, families, and the early childhood profession.

The Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8 by connecting practice, policy and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care, educate and work on behalf of young children.

The (ECTC) is a competency-based credential awarded by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to individuals at the Associate and Bachelor degree level with concentrations in Infant/Toddler, Preschool or Infant/Toddler AND Preschool.

Consider getting your ECTC if your Qualified Staff Member (QSM) date is 2025 so you can fulfill the current legislative requirement for the teacher role in state-funded programs. (For information about the Legislative Requirements for Staff Qualifications in State-Funded Programs in General Policy A-01


For more information on the ECTC, please visit

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