Role of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

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Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson, we explore the formation and role of the Association for Childhood Education International, one of the most high-profile children's advocate organizations in the world today.


'Children are our future' is a common maxim quoted by teachers, politicians, and everyday people alike. But how many of those people actually go out to make a difference and ensure the future is better for our children? Well, if they happen to belong to the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), they can certainly answer in the affirmative. In this lesson, we'll briefly explore the history of the ACEI before discussing its role.

History of the ACEI

The first organization that later became the ACEI was founded in 1892 as the International Kindergarten Union. This organization worked to ensure proper professional teaching and education for all teachers who were going to be teaching young children in some of their most formative years.

In 1931, the International Kindergarten Union joined the National Council of Primary Education to form the Association for Childhood Education. This organization operated for 15 years before they recognized that good educational standards in a child's early years were important not just for the United States, but for the whole world. With the pivot to a more global focus, they added 'International' to the end of their name to become the organization they are today. The association is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Role of the ACEI

Although the earliest focus of the Association for Childhood Education International was on children in primary school, they now advocate for better educational opportunities and quality of education from the earliest educational levels all the way up to adults. They are a charitable organization and also a non-profit: most revenue the ACEI makes has to either be spent on staff or given away by the end of the year.

The ACEI is a high-profile organization which hold consultative status at the United Nations in New York City and also has representatives at the UN's office in Geneva, Switzerland. The ACEI representatives also serve on United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund's (UNICEF's) non-governmental organization committee and attend conferences across the world with the intention of raising the profile of childhood education issues.

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