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MnAEYC Membership

MnSACA Membership

What is MnAEYC?

The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) is an association of nearly 700 early childhood professionals. Our members represent all areas of early childhood. They are early childhood teachers, center directors, program managers, trainers, and advocates.

MnAEYC’s mission is to serve and act on behalf
of early care and education professionals (birth
to age 8) in Minnesota.

What is MnSACA?

The Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) is an association of nearly 400 child/youth-focused professionals who provide care for school-age children and youth in a variety of settings (schools, parks, homes and agencies) during out-of-school hours.

MnSACA's mission is to promote quality out-of-school time programs and support the leadership and development of out-of-school time professionals.


Members network with one another, support each other and learn together while they grow as professionals. A volunteer Board of Directors and member-supported committees provide leadership for the organization.

Join MnAEYC    

     Join MnSACA

What does MnAEYC and MnSACA do?

  • Enhances the availability and quality of professional development opportunities, including Leadership Journey Series and our Annual State Conference.
  • Supports program improvement and NAEYC & MAAP accreditation through fee-for-service trainings.
  • Advocates for public policy change in early care and education & afterschool and provides opportunities for members to get involved and advocate for their programs.
  • Distributes weekly email alerts and a quarterly newsletter with news, training opportunities, tips, and trends in caring for children and youth.
  • Provides leadership and networking opportunities through our committee work.
  • Advocates at the State Capitol on issues critical to the early childhood and school-age care fields.
  • Partners with other leading agencies in the field (e.g. Think Small, Parent Aware, & Ignite Afterschool Network).

What are the benefits of being a
MnAEYC or MnSACA member?

  • Discounted rates on exceptional professional development opportunities, including our Annual State Conference.
  • Leadership opportunities where you can get involved with the organization (Board of Directors, committee work), interact and learn from each other.
  • Voice is represented at the State Capitol on issues critical to the early care and education and afterschool fields.
  • Opportunities to get involved with policy and advocate for your program.
  • Weekly email alerts and a quarterly newsletter to keep you up-to-date.
  • Discounted job postings on the MnAEYC-MnSACA Job Board.
  • Eligibility to receive MnAEYC and MnSACA awards.
  • Benefits at the national level through NAEYC (MnAEYC) or NAA (MnSACA).

Additional MnAEYC-Only Benefits

  • NAEYC members receive Young Children, NEWS, discounts on national conferences, and access to the "members-only" section of the NAEYC website. In addition to these benefits, comprehensive members receive 5-6 books published by NAEYC.
  • May be eligible for a 10% tuition reduction at Walden University, when they enroll as a new Walden student in approved degree programs. This reduction will remain in effect for the duration of the student's enrollment at Walden. For further information inquire here or visit the NAEYC/Walden microsite.

Additional MnSACA-Only Benefits

  • MnSACA members receive a complimentary Ambassador level membership with the National Afterschool Association (NAA). Those additional benefits can be seen here.
  • Tuition savings at Rasmussen College, including 10% off tuition on all of Rasmussen’s courses and an application fee waiver ($40 value). For more information, please call 855-372-7236 or visit or email


Please contact MnAEYC-MnSACA Member Services
with questions at

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