Our Purpose.................


The purpose of the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children shall be to provide opportunities for the members to enhance their experiences and increase their knowledge about the development, the care, and the education of the young child.


Our Mission............... 

NAAEYC endorses high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8. We promote a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession by empowering all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children, through advocacy, leadership and professional development.

Our Vision.............

All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Values and Beliefs.............

Our core values are defined in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and are deeply rooted in the early childhood profession. In addition, we seek to be a high–performing, inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity, as embodied by our core beliefs.

We uphold these values and beliefs in all our interactions and initiatives:

Core Values

  • Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.

  • Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn.

  • Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family.

  • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society.

  • Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague).

  • Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues.

  • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.

Core Beliefs

  • Excellence and Innovation—We are imaginative risk takers willing to challenge assumptions while being accountable to our mission and fiscally responsible.

  • Transparency—We act with openness and clarity.

  • Reflection—We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes, and engage in continuous quality improvement.

  • Equity and Opportunity—We advocate for policies, practices, and systems that promote full and inclusive participation. We confront biases that create barriers and limit the potential of children, families, and early childhood professionals.

  • Collaborative Relationships—We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, respect, and trust.

Tara Hurdle

NAAEYC President

Meet the 2019 Board

Tara Hurdle


Amy Wilcox


Leah Mangrum


Sharon Golden


Jana Crosby


Tammany Cohen


Katheen Growden

  Public Policy

Katie Hotz


Windy Robbins


Julie Petcu


Marilynn Andrews

Social Media Chair\

Miranda Wilson


2019 ECE Conference Chairs - Amy Wilcox

Cheryl Dillingham

Office Administrator


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