Strategic Partners

Exchange collaborates with professional associations related to early childhood care and education to offer special benefits to their members. See our current strategic partners below.

To inquire about becoming a strategic partner, contact us at

American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS)

Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact: Carrie Nepstad, Vice President of Collaboration
Phone: 312-553-6095

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.

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Formerly National Association of Child Care Professionals
1250 South Capital of Texas Hwy
Bldg 3 Ste 400
Austin, Texas 78746

Contact: Lori Buxton, Managing Director
Phone: 1-800-537-1187
Fax: (512) 301-5080

Formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), the Association for Early Learning Leaders is the nation's leader among associations serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. The organizations goal is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of owners, directors, emerging leaders, and other early learning professionals to ensure quality programs for young children. We accomplish this by providing outstanding programs and resources, such as:

  • Membership - Providing professional development tools and networking opportunities to those leading early care and education programs. Strengthen your knowledge and skills through free monthly Administrative webinars and our quarterly trade journal, Professional Connections TM. Join fellow professionals for training, networking and revitalization at our annual conference and seminar at sea. Access a variety of quality professional resources including legal insights, exclusive member discounts, cost effective CEU online training and quality vendor services.

  • Accreditation -The National Accreditation Commission of the Association for Early Learning Leaders offers early care and education programs the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria. The system recognizes the diversity of programs and promotes the uniqueness of each through the self-study and award process. Association support and resources will guide you to success. Gain National recognition for program excellence. Join the over 1500 programs- Nationwide that have discovered how the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs helped them reach quality programing. For more information on how your program can begin, join a free Intro webinar- Details at We invite you to browse throughout our website to learn more about the opportunities offered by the Association for Early Learning Leaders. Please contact us to learn more about our many offerings. Call us at 800-537-1118 or email and let us know how we can assist you and your program!

California Community College Early Childhood Educators

California Community College Early Childhood Educators logo

Child Development
Training Consortium
PO Box 3603
Modesto, CA 95352

Contact: Janell Doorenball, Administrative Specialist
Phone: (209) 548-5724

To serve as a dynamic voice for California Community College Early Childhood Education. CCCECE will:

  • Serve as an active stakeholder when decisions are made about ECE workforce development
  • Be the primary ECE teacher preparation/workforce development body
  • Partner actively with other stakeholders and maintain our unique focus and role of representing community colleges
  • Help Shape and track ECE policy development
  • Serve as a resource to child development/early childhood education departments throughout the state

College and University Work-Life-Family Association

EAP & Work/Life Programs - Office of the President

Contact: Robynn Pease, President

The College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA) provides information on work/life issues within the specialized environment of higher education. CUWFA offers services to support the diverse group of professionals contributing to the development of work/life programs and policies on campus: human resource administrators, student services administrators, work/family and work/life managers, child care and elder care program directors, senior administrators, faculty, and others.

Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado

Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado logo1120 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

Contact: Kathryn Hammerbeck, Executive Director
Phone: (303) 860-7174
Toll Free: (800) 870-7174

The Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers. Established in 1985, ECEA represents over 400 licensed child care centers, preschools, and school-age programs.

Our Mission

To promote the growth, long-term sustainability, and quality of licensed private early childhood education programs for children birth to 12 years. This is achieved through advocacy, education, and legislative representation.

Our Vision

Private early childhood education is an essential part of the educational system, is of high quality, and supports parental choice to meet the needs of Colorado's families and their children.

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association logo500 N Estrella Pkwy
Suite B2, Box 601
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Contact: Gayle Denny, Executive Director
Phone: (800) 500-7644
Fax: (623) 882-8770

ELEA serves and advocates for high quality, Christ-centered education in faith-based early childhood centers and schools nationally. Connect. Develop. Inspire.

Minnesota Child Care Association

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association logo1000 Westgate Dr. #252
St. Paul, MN 55114

Contact: Siri Manning,
Assistant Account Executive
Phone: (651) 290-6260

The Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) provides statewide representation for child care centers on issues affecting the industry and gives them a professional organization for accessing the regulatory agencies. MCCA is committed to being a forceful advocate in conveying child care center concerns to the regulatory decision makers at the state and national levels.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership logo6200 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090

Contact: Lindsey Engelhardt, Marketing Manager
Phone: (847) 947-5063

Founded on a $600 grant in 1985 by Dr. Paula Jorde Bloom, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is a driving force in improving the quality of early childhood education nationwide.

Mission: The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is dedicated to improving the quality of early learning programs through professional development, research and evaluation, and public awareness. We are driven to promote greater understanding of the critical role of early childhood leaders in the provision of quality services for children and families.

Vision: The McCormick Center will serve as an important catalyst for change in transforming individuals, organizations, and external systems to better respond to the needs of children and families. As we implement initiatives that strengthen the leadership capacity of early childhood educators, the McCormick Center serves as a model for promoting collaboration with different funding sources, education and social services agencies, professional development organizations, and institutions of higher education.

We envision a world where every early childhood leader has the knowledge and skills to create a great workplace for staff and administer high-quality programs that strengthen families and promote healthy development and lifelong learning in children.

Focusing Our Vision
April 29 – May 1, 2020
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National Association for Family Child CareNational Association for Family Child Care

1743 W. Alexander St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

Contact: Bill Hudson, CEO
Phone: 1-801-886-2322
Fax: (801) 886-2325

The National Association for Family Child Care is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting high-quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.


  • To strengthen state and local associations as the primary support systems for individual family child care providers.
  • To promote a professional accreditation program which recognizes and encourages quality care for children.
  • To represent family child care providers by advocating for their needs and collaborating with other organizations.
  • To promote the diversity in the family child care profession through training, state and local associations, public education, and board membership.
  • To deliver effective programs through strong organizational management.

National Association for Regulatory Administration

910 Glen Falls Court
Newark, Deleware 19711

Contact: Pauline D. Koch
Phone: (302) 234-4152
Fax: (302) 234-4153

NARA's purpose is to promote excellence in human care and service regulation through leadership, education, collaboration, and service.

NARA welcomes into its membership human service regulatory professionals, human service providers, universities, allied professions from the health, safety and legal disciplines, consumers, and all others who share our vision: Consumer Protection Through Prevention.

NARA's revised and expanded Licensing Curriculum, 2000 Edition, which was originally published in 1988, is now available. This is the definitive work on human care licensing fundamentals, by practitioners for practitioners and can be ordered online or from the NARA's western office at 651-290-6280.

National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers

950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150
Folsom, CA 95630

Contact: Tonya M Palla, Executive Director
Phone: 877-736-6222
Fax: 916-932-2209

The National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC) is a nonprofit educational membership organization. NCCCC supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues, and the field of early childhood education in general. NCCCC expresses this mission through its newsletters, publications, conferences, and grants.

National Indian Child Care Association

National Indian Child Care Association

Contact: Jennifer Rackliff Cyiza
Phone: (202) 577-8485

The purpose of the National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) is to promote high quality culturally relevant child care and development and to unify tribes and tribal organizations by providing leadership, support and advocacy on behalf of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. NICCA enhances the quality of life of Native Children through education, leadership, and advocacy.

The National Workforce Registry Alliance

The National Registry Alliance logo PO Box 58190
Washington, D.C. 20037-8190

Contact: Rose Korr
Phone: 1-605-939-0893

The National Registry Alliance's mission is to enhance, strengthen, and support the work of state early childhood and after school registries by providing an interactive forum for networking and information and strategy exchanges.

Our vision is to promote high quality, coordinated, documented, and accessible state career development systems that support a well-trained, well-educated, supported, adequately compensated early childhood and afterschool workforce.

North Carolina Licensed Child Care Association

The National Registry Alliance logo 3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190
Raleigh, NC 27607

Contact: Linda Piper, Executive Director
Phone: (252) 234-5945

Fax: (888) 420-9699

NCLCCA is the only organization in the state representing licensed child care providers. We are a membership organization providing timely information and updates about issues impacting your center so that you can do your job each day and provide quality early education environments for children and families. We have legislative representation on the ground in Raleigh and NCLCCA staff working hard on issues related to rulemaking, subsidy, rated license, NC Pre-K and more.

We work to ensure a successful future for young children and their families by working to ensure the success of those who provide licensed early care and education.

Ohio Association of Child Care Providers (OACCP)

OMEP-USNC logo5815 Westbourne Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43213

Contact: MaryAnn Rody
Phone: (440) 367-4409

The Ohio Association of Child Care Providers represents the Directors and Business Owners of over 600 licensed child care centers. Our members educate and care for over 50,000 of Ohio's youngest citizens, including private pay and publicly funded children, who are served in faith-based, for-profit and non-profit programs.

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)

PACCA logo

Contact: Diane P. Barber | Director
Phone: (717) 657-9000 x 150

PACCA, the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) is a statewide non-profit membership organization. We exist to be a strong and effective voice for quality early care and education programs, and to give leadership and support to those organizations that assist the Early Childhood Education community, families, and children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.