Get Involved

We are pleased you are exploring avenues to Get Involved in NYAEYC!

Our organization is built on the strength of our members. We encourage you to participate in your professional organization. There is truly a “niche” for everyone!

We invite you to broaden your circle of influence!

Do you have an area of expertise that you would like to share with others? The Ask an Expert page on our website is a place where students and others can go to email questions to those who have an expertise in a particular area. It is a wonderful way to share your talents with the field and network across the state.

You can pick the length of time you want to be available and the area for which you would be willing to be contacted.

Send our Professional Preparation and Development Chair, Mary Ellen Bardsley, your contact information. She will call to discuss the opportunities available.

  • Current Issues
  • Universal Pre-K
  • Head Start
  • Compensation
  • Quality Education
  • Occupational Tax Credit
  • Sign up for statewide public policy updates.
  • Sign up for NAEYC public policy alerts

Make a call or write a letter to local, state or national representatives:

State Officials:

Call or write today and tell them that early care and education is critical to the future of our state and country!


The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State Executive Chamber
Capitol Bldg
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
E-mail: visit and choose “Contact” from the menu at top

Speaker for the Assembly

Carl Heastie
932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-3791
Fax: (518) 455-4812

Senate Majority Leader

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Room 907, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2585
Fax: (518) 426-6811

National Officials

Call your U.S. Senators and Representative toll-free at 1-888-280-6279.

To find out which elected officials represent you on the local, state, national, level, go to This web site allows you to contact them directly by email.

Join a public policy committee?
We have both a statewide public policy committee and local public policy committee. Time (1 hour a month) and commitment to improving the quality of early care and education is the only requirement. Contact the Public Policy Chairs.

Tell your story!
Our legislators need to hear about your personal experiences regarding the need for more compensation, child care subsidies, challenges and opportunities facing the field. Either write a letter (see above) or send an email to our Executive Director.

Having a mentor can change your life! Request a mentor.
You can broaden your circle of influence and change someone’s life! The time commitment is something you work out with an individual. Inquire about becoming a mentor today.
We need to know what you think so we can improve our services to you! Email our staff or board with your ideas or suggestions.

Many of our state board committees are interested in recruiting members who would like to assist them as they work on statewide issues. See a list of our committees.
We have 15 local chapters across the state of New York. They are active in a number of ways from professional development conferences to newsletters to public policy. Click here to get a list of chapters or find a chapter near you.
Mini Grants are available to members of NYAEYC, up to $500, for the purpose of developing and putting into practice projects designed to enhance programs for young children. Click here to learn more.
Our organization depends on a combination of revenue streams to thrive in today’s economy. Each and every one is critical to the continuation of our work.

There are opportunities to advertise in our newsletter (coming out 2x a year); and our conference program (distributed to 3,000) and on our website. Email for more information.

  • Annual Fund
  • Conference Sponsorship
  • Long-Term Giving
  • Membership
  • Sponsor An Intern
Our internship programs are focused on the student’s goals and objectives for learning. They are primarily project based and one semester in length or during the summer. Interns are paired with a staff mentor and introduced to the greater community depending on their focus area. Most internships are unpaid but the Association works very hard with the students and colleges to ensure they are college credit worthy. Occasionally, we do have a sponsored internship and are able to pay a stipend.

The NYAEYC offices are located in Albany, New York. We welcome interns from all over New York State. We are currently exploring the possibility of long distance internships with work primarily over the internet and phone.

Intern Possibilities:

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Event/Conference Planning
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Public Policy
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Outreach
  • Membership Development

For more information, email

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