Anyone interested in promoting the purpose of KAECE may become a member upon payment of annual dues. All members of KAECE are also members of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are entitled to the privileges of those respective associations.

Through our commitment to professional development and networking, Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education values and supports young children and their families and early care and education professionals.

KAECE is open to all early childhood professionals who work with and care for young children and who provide education and resources for these individuals.

KAECE has become an affiliate of Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) as of August, 2016. We did not qualify for NAEYC’s affiliate requirements so KAECE is no longer an affiliate of NAEYC. The new NAEYC membership system will go into effect beginning September 2017.

Until Fall 2017, NAEYC will still process the current NAEYC/SECA/KAECE membership. If you wish to renew your membership as is, go to the NAEYC website ( and complete the online registration.

You can, however, choose to change your membership only through SECA now. Go to the SECA website ( and complete the online registration. You have the choice of two SECA, KAECE, and local chapter one-year membership options. These are: $45 for professional membership OR $25 for student membership. Student rate applies to CDA and KY Commonwealth Credential students too.

**There is a new option for child care programs: SECA group membership. See below for more information**

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