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About SECA

An Organization Committed to Southern Issues - Our Mission

SECA is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children with their families through advocacy and professional development. 

SECA, as a welcoming organization, is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Since 1948 the Southern Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.

Thousands of individuals working in every aspect of child care and early childhood belong to SECA. They share ideas in local, state, & regional meetings, in professional development institutes, and through the association’s publications & resources.

Members receive many benefits, including a journal, Dimensions of Early Childhood, discounts on publications & conference registration.

The SECA Core Values

SECA stands with children today, tomorrow, and always. 

  • We believe that each child is deserving of respect, love, and admiration 

  • We believe in unconditionally supporting families, educators, and students 

  • We believe that mutual understanding is the key to a peaceful and positive future 

  • We believe that empathy is a skill that must be taught, practiced, and demonstrated by those that care for young children 

  • We believe in educational practices that are thoughtful, intentional, and grounded by research 

  • We believe every child has a right to feel that they belong 

SECA Partners

SECA is proud to offer our members discounted opportunities with our partners! Scroll to learn more!

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“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”
– Maria Montessori

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