Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA): Role & Standards

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has worked in Elementary Education since 1993 - both as a classroom teacher and administrator. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

The Southern Early Childhood Association, or SECA, is an organization with members who work in early childhood education. Explore the standards and objectives set forth by this important organization.

Early Childhood

Louis is a kindergartener at an elementary school in Georgia. His school's teachers and administrators are all dedicated to ensuring that Louis and his peers receive a quality education with their own academic and developmental needs in mind.

As part of SECA, his school is always striving to do its very best on behalf of its kindergarten and early elementary students.


SECA, or the Southern Early Childhood Association, is a professional organization who's goal is to provide leadership, resources, and other services to its members for the purpose of promoting quality care and education for young children. Their members are involved in preschool, kindergarten, or early elementary school education and include teachers, parents, administrators, program directors, and others.

SECA serves over 20,000 members from 14 southern US states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Founded in 1948, SECA is an independent organization that has its own governing body, written policies and position statements, a blog, and even a scholarly journal called Dimensions of Early Childhood.

SECA also has its own website providing access to multiple sources of information on early childhood care and education as well as notices about conferences and trainings. The website also clearly lists and describes SECA's policies and position statements.

SECA caters to preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary students

SECA Standards

SECA provides specific position statements on its website. These discuss the needs of the children, standards for meeting these needs, goals for curriculum development and delivery, as well as statements related to research in different areas that apply to early childhood education and development.

A variety of different subjects are covered, including:

  • Arts and Movement Education for Young Children

SECA believes that art and movement activities enrich a child's well being and positively benefit other areas like reading skill development, language, writing, math, creativity, and social competence. They are committed to encouraging the use of sound, research-based programs for art and movement.

  • Assessing Development and Learning in Young Children

SECA takes a stand in favor of student assessment only when it is age appropriate and culturally sensitive and when assessment data is used solely for its intended purpose. SECA opposes assessments that are not shown to be reliable or valid and expresses concerns over group testing of younger children.

  • Brain Research and its Implications for Early Childhood Programs

SECA believes that early childhood care should be based on both scientific and anecdotal research and observation. Anecdoteal information helps to see the progress of each individual student. SECA is aware of the mass of unsound information presented in the media, and believes that curriculum design should be based on solid research.

  • Early Literacy and Beginning to Read

SECA's believes that reading and literacy skills will effect learners throughout their entire school career and beyond. SECA advocates for early exposure to literacy, even in infancy.

  • Quality Child Care

According to SECA, quality childcare goes beyond providing the essentials of safety and nourishment. Children need interaction, practice with social skills, building of good self concept and solid health and self-care habits, and provision of academic instruction and assistance. Quality child care must be offered by parents and, in their absence, care givers who will provide for all of a child's needs.

  • Supporting Learning with Technology

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