KAECE membership is open to all who are interested in the field of early childhood including students and professionals who work with and care for young children, parents and those who provide education and resources for these individuals.  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).

KAECE has been an affiliate of Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) since 1948. In 2017, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) made some changes in their affiliate requirements, and KAECE no longer qualifies. Therefore, separate memberships are required. This is a recent change.

To become a KAECE/SECA member go to the SECA website and complete the online registration. $55 will get you a combined SECA KAECE membership for one year.  Student membership is only $25.

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.

There is a new option for child care programs: SECA Group MembershipContact the SECA office at 501-221-1648 or for more information.


The benefits of being a KAECE & SECA Member:

    • 3 issues of Dimensions of Early Childhood (February, July, and October) 
    • Access to the SECA Reporter Blog
    • Monthly informational emails containing timely, practical tips and printouts for early childhood professionals and parents
    • Discounts on SECA Training, the annual conference, and professional publications and products
    • The SECA Website and its many invaluable resources including pages devoted to parents, students, directors, curriculum tips, position statements, the SECA annual conference, and much more.
    • The pride of being a member of an organization dedicated to promoting quality care and education for young children, their families, and the professionals who nurture them!
    • Exchange Magazine offers discounts to SECA members. Click here to be directed to the Exchange website. Click here for more information about the discounted subscription rate.
    • Access to all the archives information and research on the SECA website.
    • Easy access to members in other southern states for mentoring and sharing ideas.
    • A SECA membership is accepted by the Council for Professional Development to complete a CDA application or renewal.
    • The opportunity for a special Group Membership and special Home Visitor Membership.  Enjoy a SECA partnership with School Specialty who has correlated their materials to KY teaching and learning standards as well as ITERS and ECERS.

KAECE is designed with you in mind.  Let us know what we can do for you.