The student resource area strives to support future educators working with children ages birth-8, in order to support GAEYC’s vision  in which all young children have access to learning opportunities they need for healthy development, supported by early childhood educators who have the education, financial support, and the recognition of their community.

General Guidance for Early Childhood Care & Education Careers

Does the idea of having a professional career in the field of working with children excite you?  How do you know if the field of early childhood education is really meant for you? The following links present opportunities offered for students studying in the early childhood field and professional development tools offered by NAEYC:

Choosing an Early Childhood Education Career Pathway

Graduating with a degree or certification to work with children? Take a look at these great tools to help set the right path for your future career.

Financial Aid Resources

Searching for scholarships/financial aid can be a frustrating task!  We’ve provided links for you to have access to available scholarships, financial aid, and information about incentives. These resources encourage early care and education (ECE) professionals to increase their level of education. Click on the logos to learn more.


GA College 411 provides information about state and federal financial aid programs, college planning, career resources, and other resources for students considering going to college.


DS-headerDECAL Scholars provides educational counseling, scholarships for students who in ECE programs, and monetary incentives for ECE professionals who earn certain credentials or degrees.


The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old through the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Professional Conferences

If you’ve ever attended a conference for educators, then you know first hand how useful they can be in order to network, explore new ECE products, and gain valuable information on topics that best suit your needs.    Here are some of the few that are offered and coming soon!

Additional Links

Videos to Support Professional Development

Articles that support Education Advancement

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Become a student member of NAEYC, GAEYC, & SECA  today and receive:

  • 20% discount on all NAEYC products in our catalog/online store, including books, videos, brochures, posters, and more
  • The print publication package of your choice: five issues of Young Children or five issues of Teaching Young Children
  • 10% percent tuition reduction and waived application fee for new students at Walden University. Learn more
  • Access to the Members Only area of our website, which features exclusive digital benefits and content.
  • Voting rights in NAEYC & GAEYC elections to help shape the future of the early childhood profession.
  • Reduced registration fees for NAEYC & GAEYC sponsored conferences and training opportunities, including the world’s largest early education conference.
  • And Much More!

“Being a Student Member of GAYC has helped me gain a more complete understanding of all the aspects of the child development field. By receiving the email updates and reminders I stay current with what opportunities are available to me like upcoming conferences and trainings . . . I also enjoy having the membership because I receive and have access to newsletters, articles, and stories that help me broaden my own “tool box” to use with the children and youth I work with in the field.”

-Emily Rogers, Child & Family Development Major, Georgia Southern University 

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