WHAT IS ACCESS?
The Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators – ACCESS to Shared Knowledge and Practice, commonly known as ACCESS, is a national, non-profit 501(c) (3) membership association.
Our purpose is to support and advocate for associate degree programs in the preparation of early childhood professionals who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of programs; and the instructors who teach in those programs. The organization is founded on the belief that learning is a lifelong process and that associate degree programs are an important link in early childhood professional preparation.
Access Stands with NAEYC
ACCESS stands behind and beside our partners at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and supports the NAEYC Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
As NAEYC lifts "up the ways in which current and past generations of educators and families across states and communities have embraced and relied upon DAP in their centers, classrooms, and homes," ACCESS lifts up the ways in which this resource has helped us prepare generations of community college students to meet the needs of the children and families in their communities.
Become a member
There are many benefits to becoming a member of ACCESS. They include: