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ACCESS has established parternships with several organizations in order to better serve the membership and advance the mission and goals of the association. Current partners include:

Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA)

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the Professional Preparation Standards.  Accreditation provides a framework for self study, external evaluation and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs.  The accreditation system began in 2006.

ACCESS collaborates with ECADA to promote accreditation as a measure of quality and share experiences with the accreditation self study and reaccreditation process among members to assist members in successfully managing the process.


Voices of Practitioners (part of NAEYC)

Voices of Practitioners: Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education is NAEYC’s peer-reviewed, professional online journal. Its main purpose is to provide a vehicle for publishing the research of early childhood teachers, who are often underrepresented as authors in the educational research arena. This publication includes informative articles, resources, and tools to promote the participation of early childhood teachers in teacher research.  Voices of Practitioners is published in February and May.

In teacher research, teachers engage in the systematic study of their own practice. Deeply involved in the daily lives of children and their families, teachers provide a critical insider perspective through publishing their investigations and reflections on life in their classrooms.

Voices of Practitioners includes four sections: Teacher Research Articles, What Is Teacher Research?, Teacher Research Initiatives, and For the Teacher Educator. In What is Teacher Research? the articles describe the meaning of teacher research. Teacher Research Initiatives highlights the wide range of early childhood teacher research initiatives and inquiry communities through brief summaries. For the Teacher Educator offers practical information and stimulating discussions about teacher research issues for early childhood teacher educators who want to incorporate teacher research into their programs and support teacher research in early education communities.

Teacher research is important to the early childhood profession. Teachers grow more competent when they examine their questions about teaching and learning, reflect with colleagues, and make improvements in their teaching practice. Their research benefits the early childhood field by contributing to the knowledge base on how young children develop and learn and by providing insight into the role of the teacher.


The Alliance of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

The ACCESS alliance with our four-year peers, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) to promote our shared missions continues to strengthen our voice in advocacy efforts.
A valuable element of the partnership with NAECTE is the ability for ACCESS members to subscribe to NAECTE’s Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, offering the latest information on research and practice in early childhood teacher education. ACCESS members are encouraged to learn more about the journal at the NAECTE website.

As noted on the website, the journal “welcomes research reports, position papers, essays on current issues, reflective reports on innovative teacher education practices, letters to the editor and book reviews.” Consider contributing to the literature on teacher preparation from your vantage point as a two-year program.


CONNECT – The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

CONNECT is a project of The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Research shows that many early childhood practitioners do not have the confidence and competence they need to serve young children with disabilities. One reason is because early childhood teacher preparation programs often do not require any courses in working with young children with disabilities. This can be the case even when a program’s stated mission is to prepare early interventionists and early childhood special educators.

CONNECT is developing web-based, instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings. The practice-based modules are designed to build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, the relevance and quality of content, and feedback. Information is presented in a variety of formats including audio
and video clips, and written resources. CONNECT’s materials are standards-based, strongly rooted in an evidence-based practice framework, and easily adaptable to the needs of multiple

audiences and contexts. All are available at no cost.



Child Care Exchange

Child Care Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded. For over 35 years, Exchange Press, Inc. has promoted the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources.

ACCESS is partnering with Exchange Press to provide each ACCESS member with a one-year subscription to Exchange magazine. Each issue of this bi-monthly publication includes fascinating, useful articles that demonstrate a profound understanding of who children are, how they develop, and how strong theory translates into appropriate practice in the classroom and on the business side of early education.

In addition to the magazine, Exchange Press publishes a wide variety of books and resources for the academic community that have been used in early childhood professional preparation courses for over 35 years. These resources are authored by the leading authorities in the field of early care and education and are based upon a solid understanding of early childhood environments. For an overview of these resources, visit and click on the blue “Faculty and Trainers” tab at the top of the page. For your convenience, all Exchange resources have been organized by typical core competencies in a downloadable PDF document.