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Kids in Preschool

At the heart of everything we do are the children.

Who we are

The Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc, pronounced “day-see”) is an affiliate of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth to age eight. Founded in 1969, deaeyc serves and acts on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children and their families in Delaware. 

At the heart of everything we do are the children. The experiences they have during the first eight years of life are determinants for success and development through adolescence and into adulthood. Giving children a positive and healthy start, benefits growth and development and a lifetime of practices that all stem back to early childhood. 

Deaeyc’s work focuses on supporting the early learning experience, which includes, but is not limited to, recruiting new educators into the field, advocating for more state and federal funding for early learning facilities, providing training to educators to meet the annual licensing requirements, as well as seeking new ways to support the industry and improve early learning for the children and the workforce.


Our Mission

The mission of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (deaeyc) is to promote national standards for early care and education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); to provide and support opportunities for professional development; to advocate for children, families, and early care and education professionals; and to build community awareness and support for the early care and education profession.

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

President: Kimberly Bryda
Board Members: 
Adrienne Mead
Ashley Caraway
Faith Scheibe
Jamie Schneider

Juanita Foster
Kimberly O'Malley
Sean Toner


Lisa Miller, Executive Director

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Emilia Mackey, Financial Coordinator

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Our Work / Services

We are the VOICE for all young children and early educators in Delaware.

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