Strategic Partners

Exchange collaborates with professional associations related to early childhood care and education to offer special benefits to their members. See our current strategic partners below.

To inquire about becoming a strategic partner, contact us at [email protected].

American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS)

Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact: Carrie Nepstad, Vice President of Collaboration
Phone: 312-553-6095
E-mail: [email protected]

Our purpose is to support and advocate for associate degree programs in the preparation of early childhood professionals who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of programs; and the instructors who teach in those programs. The organization is founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong process and that associate degree programs are an important link in early childhood professional preparation.

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Formerly National Association of Child Care Professionals
1250 South Capital of Texas Hwy
Bldg 3 Ste 400
Austin, Texas 78746

Contact: Aryam Andom, Member & Event Services Coordinator
Phone: (800) 537-1118
Fax: (512) 301-5080
E-mail: [email protected]

Formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), the Association for Early Learning Leaders is the nation's leader among associations serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. The organization's goal is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of owners, directors, emerging leaders, and other early learning professionals to ensure quality programs for young children. We accomplish this by providing outstanding programs and resources, such as:

  • Membership - AELL believes that quality early care and education programs begin with strong leadership. We recognize that administering these programs poses daily challenges. Our mission is to provide professional development tools and networking opportunities that you need to be efficient, successful leaders of early learning centers.

  • Accreditation - The National Accreditation Commission of the Association for Early Learning Leaders offers early care and education programs the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria. The system recognizes the diversity of programs and promotes the uniqueness of each through the self-study and award process. Gain national recognition for program excellence. Join the over 1500 programs nationwide that have discovered how the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs helped them reach quality programing.

California Community College Early Childhood Educators

California Community College Early Childhood Educators logo

Child Development
Training Consortium
PO Box 3603
Modesto, CA 95352

Contact: Janell Doorenball, Administrative Specialist
Phone: (209) 548-5724
E-mail: [email protected]

To serve as a dynamic voice for California Community College Early Childhood Education. CCCECE will:

  • Serve as an active stakeholder when decisions are made about ECE workforce development
  • Be the primary ECE teacher preparation/workforce development body
  • Partner actively with other stakeholders and maintain our unique focus and role of representing community colleges
  • Help Shape and track ECE policy development
  • Serve as a resource to child development/early childhood education departments throughout the state

Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado

Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado logo1120 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

Contact: Kathryn Hammerbeck, Executive Director
Phone: (303) 860-7174
Toll Free: (800) 870-7174
E-mail: [email protected]

The Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers. Established in 1985, ECEA represents over 400 licensed child care centers, preschools, and school-age programs.

Our Mission

To promote the growth, long-term sustainability, and quality of licensed private early childhood education programs for children birth to 12 years. This is achieved through advocacy, education, and legislative representation.

Our Vision

Private early childhood education is an essential part of the educational system, is of high quality, and supports parental choice to meet the needs of Colorado's families and their children.

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association logo1301 E. Main St # 3215
Carbondale, Illinois, 62901

Contact: Cory Newman
Phone: (800) 500-7644
Fax: (623) 882-8770
E-mail: [email protected]

ELEA serves and advocates for high quality, Christ-centered education in faith-based early childhood centers and schools nationally. Connect. Develop. Inspire.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership logo122 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Contact: Marleen Barrett, Event Coordinator
Email:[email protected]
Phone: (847) 947-5267

Founded on a $600 grant in 1985 by Dr. Paula Jorde Bloom, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is a driving force in improving the quality of early childhood education nationwide.

Mission: The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership empowers leaders and advances the field to promote excellence in early childhood education.

Vision: We envision innovative and responsive early childhood systems with extraordinary leaders who inspire the best start for every child.

We envision a world where every early childhood leader has the knowledge and skills to create a great workplace for staff and administer high-quality programs that strengthen families and promote healthy development and lifelong learning in children.

Our Values:

  • Advancement
  • Equity
  • Excellence
  • Impact
  • Integrity

National Association for Family Child CareNational Association for Family Child Care

1743 W. Alexander St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

Contact: Bill Hudson, CEO
Phone: 1-801-886-2322
Fax: (801) 886-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

The National Association for Family Child Care is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting high-quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.


  • To strengthen state and local associations as the primary support systems for individual family child care providers.
  • To promote a professional accreditation program which recognizes and encourages quality care for children.
  • To represent family child care providers by advocating for their needs and collaborating with other organizations.
  • To promote the diversity in the family child care profession through training, state and local associations, public education, and board membership.
  • To deliver effective programs through strong organizational management.

National Association for Regulatory Administration

910 Glen Falls Court
Newark, Deleware 19711

Contact: Pauline D. Koch
Phone: (302) 234-4152
Fax: (302) 234-4153
E-mail: [email protected]

NARA's purpose is to promote excellence in human care and service regulation through leadership, education, collaboration, and service.

NARA welcomes into its membership human service regulatory professionals, human service providers, universities, allied professions from the health, safety and legal disciplines, consumers, and all others who share our vision: Consumer Protection Through Prevention.

NARA's revised and expanded Licensing Curriculum, 2000 Edition, which was originally published in 1988, is now available. This is the definitive work on human care licensing fundamentals, by practitioners for practitioners and can be ordered online or from the NARA's western office at 651-290-6280.

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)

PACCA logo

Contact: Diane P. Barber | Director
Phone: (717) 657-9000 x 150
E-mail: [email protected]

PACCA, the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) is a statewide non-profit membership organization. We exist to be a strong and effective voice for quality early care and education programs, and to give leadership and support to those organizations that assist the Early Childhood Education community, families, and children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.