The DVAEYC Conference is the premiere event for the early education community in the Delaware Valley. The 2015 conference brought together over 1500 early educators, nationally recognized presenters, innovative exhibitors, and public officials (including Governor Tom Wolf!) for two days of exciting idea-sharing and discussion of one of the most crucial elements of early childhood - the importance of PLAY.
For almost 50 years, the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) has championed high quality early care and education for children from birth to age 8 in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Founded by a group of influential and progressive early childhood educators in the 1960s, the organization was originally called Delaware Valley Association of Nursery and Kindergarten Educators (DVANKE). Then in 1967, the organization affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and proudly adopted our current name.
Today, DVAEYC boasts more than 2,000 active members. With 25 professionals on staff, we’re one of the country’s largest local NAEYC affiliates. And we continue to grow by leaps and bounds.