About Us


The Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is a membership organization whose mission is to facilitate the optimal development of young children by advocating for the rights, needs, and well-being of young children and educating, supporting, and collaborating with individuals and organizations working in direct or indirect service to young children.


The vision of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is that every young child in Illinois will have access to the highest quality of care and education.


  • Mobilize the early childhood community to advocate for young children.
  • Educate the public as to the importance of the early childhood years and the value of early childhood professions.
  • Enhance the professional development of Illinois AEYC members.
  • Improve the quality of early childhood programs.

Value Statement

Illinois AEYC values the impact we make as early childhood professionals through public awareness, advocacy, professional development and networking to achieve positive outcomes for all children and their families.