Why join NAES as an ECE program?

Operating an Episcopal early childhood program often requires collaboration between many constituencies with distinct but overlapping priorities—program directors, rectors, vestries, wardens, boards, parents, teachers—in addition to providing critical education during our students’ most formative years. While all of that is not easy, being a member of NAES can help you gain clarity and stability amid the complexity of operating a preschool.

We do this in a few key ways for early childhood programs:

  • Grants from the Ann Mellow Fund for Professional Development, to assist early childhood educators in Episcopal schools with professional development opportunities.
  • 1-on-1 consulting, either by phone or on-site, to help assess your program’s operational strengths and challenges on topics such as governance, church–school relations, the roles of the vestry and board, space-usage, and more.
  • Annual NAES benchmarking surveys for early childhood programs, to help you make decisions about hiring, programs, and operations. These surveys are tailored specifically for Episcopal preschools.
  • Regular early childhood Zoom chats with NAES and other Episcopal preschool leaders.
  • Access to the early childhood topic on the NAES Online Community, where you can connect directly with your peers.
  • Frequent free webinars on topics relevant to the operations of an Episcopal preschool, including governance and collaboration between church and school.
  • Access to early childhood-specific items in the NAES resource library.

In addition to all the member services listed on this page.