The Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education VAECE) is an organization of over 2,000 people interested in the education and welfare of young children and their families. VAECE is affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
Founded in 1957, VAECE acts and speaks on behalf of all young children, birth through age eight, in Virginia. They work to:
- promote the professional growth of persons working with young children
- improve the availability and quality of developmental and educational services and resources for young children
- advocate for and promote public policy decisions which improve the quality of life for young children and their families
- support, disseminate and utilize research related to the well-being and education of young children