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NAEYC's Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign


NAEYCThe growing body of research demonstrating the benefits of high quality programs for young children is creating enormous new opportunities for advancing NAEYC’s mission to serve the needs of children and the early childhood profession. This research can help us inform public opinion, teacher education, government policies, and program practices. Our leadership in these areas will influence and shape our field for years to come. More important, it will benefit our nation’s children.

To ensure our organization is prepared to make the most of these opportunities, NAEYC has launched an annual giving program, Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign, that gives NAEYC leaders and members, early childhood education advocates, and others a way to support and advance the field of early childhood education. 

NAEYCYour Gift Can Make a Difference

Because increased resources are needed for NAEYC to be innovative and effective in shaping our field’s future, your gift to the Building a Lasting Legacy campaign can make a real difference. Contributions will be used for:

  1. Leadership development programs with a focus on potential leaders from diverse populations (see below for more information)
  2. Scholarships for program accreditation, membership, conference registrations and other professional development opportunities
  3. Public policy initiatives
  4. Resource materials for teachers, administrators, parents and advocates
  5. Providing resources for Affiliate development programs

Your gift can truly make a difference in the lives of young children. For that reason, we invite you to make a contribution today as an investment in the future of the Association and the early childhood profession, and in educators who will help many more young children learn and grow.

With your financial support, NAEYC will continue to build a lasting legacy in tribute to past and future leaders on the road toward a better future for all young children.

New Leadership Development Program Being Designed

How NAEYC nurtures leadership will mark our field for years to come. More importantly, it will benefit our nation’s children.  For that reason, NAEYC will build on the leadership development opportunities it currently offers by piloting a new fellowship program in 2009 that will develop future leaders for the early childhood field.

Through this program, NAEYC will grow and cultivate a new cadre of diverse early childhood education leaders, especially from underrepresented populations—persons from diverse racial and ethnic groups as well as teachers, family child care providers, program administrators, child care resource and referral counselors, and trainers. Representatives from fields linked to early childhood education such as business, nonprofit management, and policy-making will be encouraged, if appropriate, to apply for fellowships or to serve as mentors.

Contributions to the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign will make this fellowship program a reality.  Watch this site for future updates about this new program.

Honor and Memorial Giving

Marilyn M. Smith Library - NAEYCGifts to the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign can be made in honor of or in memory of a colleague, mentor, teacher, family member, or friend. It is a thoughtful way to recognize someone’s retirement from the early childhood education field or volunteer service.

NAEYC chose to pay tribute to the dedication, leadership and service of its volunteer and staff leaders by naming several spaces in the NAEYC Building in their honor.

  • The 6th Floor Conference Room will be known as the Presidents’ Conference Room with photographs of past presidents on display.
  • Marilyn M. Smith and J.D. Andrews who served more than thirty years as members of the NAEYC Executive Team and who are both still active volunteer leaders will be recognized through the naming of the Marilyn M. Smith Library (see photo above) and the J.D. Andrews Courtyard.

Be certain when making a gift in honor or memory of that you include the complete names and addresses of honorees or their next of kin so appropriate acknowledgements can be made.

Please use the reply form on the Ways of Giving page to inform us as to the person you wish to honor or memorialize. You can also designate your gift in honor of the NAEYC leader initiatives listed above.

NAEYCWays of Giving

Gifts may be earmarked for the fellowship program, unrestricted for the area of greatest need or for endowment. Contributions may also be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone special.

  • Complete the contribution reply form and send it to NAEYC, P.O. Box  96577, Washington, DC 20077-7255.
  • Become a member of the NAEYC monthly giving program by authorizing a monthly credit card charge. Complete the contribution reply form to join.
  • Make a gift on-line
  • For information on how to make a gift of stock, please contact Barbara L. Ciconte, CFRE, at NAEYC at 1-800-424-2460 x8410 or via email at

For those who might be interested in including NAEYC in their wills and estate plans, here is the official language to use:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a tax-exempt organization, located at 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, the sum of $______ or percentage of (cash, real or personal property herein described) to be used for the general purpose of the National Association for the Education of Young Children at the discretion of its board of directors.”

For more information, please contact Barbara L. Ciconte, CFRE, at NAEYC at or call 1-800-424-4260 x8410.

NAEYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal EIN 36 6009499) and as such gifts to NAEYC do qualify as charitable contributions and are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the maximum extent provided by federal law.

NAEYCAdvisory Council on NAEYC Advancement

NAEYC continues to be well served by its volunteer leaders and their dedication, leadership and service. NAEYC wishes to acknowledge and thank the Advisory Council on NAEYC Advancement for their leadership of and generous support for the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign.


Cochairs:   Josué Cruz Jr.
  Karen Ponder
Members: Gayle Cunningham
  Betsy Hiteshew
  Sharon Lynn Kagan
  Hal Kaplan
  Joan Lombardi
  Jan McCarthy
  Marilyn Smith
  Maurice Sykes
  Kathy Thornburg
  Mark R. Ginsberg (ex-officio)