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Become a part of Interest Forums and online communities and engage in rich conversation, digital and face-to-face networking, and peer-to-peer connections.

NAEYC's Interest Forums and Online Communities—a favorite benefit of membership for many—encourage the exchange of diverse opinions and further discussion, dialogue, and reflection about specific topics relevant to NAEYC’s mission and goals

The forums and communities provide NAEYC members a way to expand their knowledge and share their specific passion within early childhood education with other NAEYC members. Forums focus on a range of topics—from health and safety to professional development systems to men in education. They host face-to-face meetings at conferences, such as NAEYC's Annual Conference and Professional Learning Institute. Forum members stay connected throughout the year through Hello, our online community, to continue the dialogue, share best practices, and champion the passionate early childhood interests of forum members. 

For instructions on how to join an Interest Forum, click here.

NAEYC Member Interest Forums


  • Asian Interest Forum
  • Black Caucus Interest Forum
  • Latino Interest Forum
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Interest Forum
  • Men in Education Network (M.E.N)
  • Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network (TIECN)

Science, Math, and Technology

  • Early Childhood Science Interest Forum 
  • Technology and Young Children
  • Early Math Interest Forum

Play and Policy

  • Play, Policy, and Practice
  • Young Children and Nature

Program Focus

  • At Risk and Special Needs
  • Family Child Care Interest Forum
  • Infant Toddler Professionals
  • Kindergarten Interest Forum
  • Laboratory Schools

Social Issues

  • Children’s Global Issues Community
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • PEACE Educators Interest Forum
  • Rural Children, Families, and Early Childhood Educators Interest Forum


  • Young Children's Spirituality 
  • Faith Based Interest Forum

Student and Professional

  • Community Collaboration Interest Forum
  • Diversity and Equity Education for Adults
  • Early Childhood Consultants and Authors

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Hello, an online community exclusively for NAEYC member, is a vibrant place to discuss the most important and vital issues facing early childhood educators every day.

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