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Professional Resources

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alabama is a scholarship program that helps early learning professionals increase their level of education and effectiveness in the classroom by making the educational process more attainable and affordable, and by increasing their potential to earn higher wages and reduce staff turnover.

Alabama Pathways is a resource to provide a path to support and advance the best practices for those who care for and teach children from birth through 12 years.

All children should benefit from language-rich activities through everyday moments with the adults around them. All we have to do is talk, interact, and engage with children in everyday life conversations to enhance healthy language and brain development. Feed Me Words’ mission is to support the language and literacy development of Alabama’s youngest children by providing the adults in their lives with access to and awareness of early language and literacy resources.

The Council for Professional Recognition is a leader in the credentialing of early childhood educators worldwide. We ensure that candidates who earn our Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential are well prepared to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of young children. Having a CDA® doesn’t just help educators bring out the best in children. It also advances their careers and contributes to the status of our profession.

Quorum by Teaching Strategies is an online professional development membership program for early educators.

Alabama Early Childhood Association’s goal is to provide members with professional development opportunities and to advocate for best practice in the care, development, and early education of all Alabama’s young children. We advocate for developmentally and culturally appropriate practices for all children in Alabama. 

First 5 Alabama’s goal is all Alabama Children Thrive By Five. They do this by enhancing healthy attachment relationships between children birth to age five and the adults who care for them through promotion, prevention, and intervention supports throughout Alabama’s early childhood systems.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

SECA is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children with their families through advocacy and professional development. Thousands of individuals working in every aspect of child care and early childhood belong to SECA. They share ideas in local, state, & regional meetings, in professional development institutes, and through the association’s publications & resources.

Their goal is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. As a membership-based organization, we provide a vibrant, connected community for professionals in diverse disciplines focused on child development who are committed to advancing their knowledge and skills. Our work creates lasting, transformative change for children, their families and our future.