The NAEYC Governing Board election occurs annually. Members serve staggered 4-year terms, with the exception of the Student Member who serves for 2 years. (The President-elect serves one year in that position, two years as President, and one year as Past President.) The NAEYC Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying a recommended slate of qualified candidates for each elected office and position. The slate is comprised of candidates who are committed to NAEYC’s vision, mission, core values and beliefs, and who are qualified to make informed and objective decisions regarding the association’s goals, policies, and allocation of resources. Candidates must agree to adhere to the NAEYC Governing Board Code of Ethics and meet the expectations defined by the description for their potential position on the Board.
Election Cycle of Available Board Seats (Slate constructed in prior year)
- 2017: President-elect, 2 Board Members at Large, 1 Student Member
- 2018: Vice President, Secretary, 1 Board Member at Large, 1 Student Member
- 2019: President-elect, 2 Board members at Large, 1 Student Member
2016-17 Election Timeline
- Spring 2016: Applications and deadline information posted for submission by NAEYC members interested in being considered for Board service.
- June 30, 2016: Deadline for submission of applications
- mid August 2015: Based upon their review of submitted materials, the Nominating Panel invites potential candidates to participate in face-to-face group interviews. The interviews guide the selection of the slate that is recommended to the Governing Board for approval.
- September 16-17, 2016: Group Interviews (mandatory for selection) held at NAEYC Headquarters
- November 2016: The slate is officially announced in Young Children and at the Annual Conference. Typically, a video is made of each candidate at the Annual Conference.
- January 2017: Links to a secure election site are e-mailed to all current members and mailed to those without email.
- March 1, 2017: Deadline for postmark on mailed ballots and end of electronic voting period.
- Spring 2017: Newly elected Board members attend the spring Board meetings and meet with Headquarters staff as part of the Board orientation.
- June 1, 2017: Newly elected Board members assume office for four years.
NAEYC Election Guidelines
NAEYC Board Member Election Procedure
Based on its commitment to equity in the election process, NAEYC provides a variety of mechanisms to assist members in making informed decisions when voting and for candidates to present relevant information to all members. In each mechanism, candidates determine which information they feel is relevant to their candidacy. All candidates for elected office, whether identified by the Nominating Committee or by petition are expected to comply with this procedure and the Election Campaign Guidelines.
(a) The slate of candidates for election will be presented to the membership at the Annual Conference in November, on the NAEYC website, and through electronic communications sent to all members. Official information shall be presented in a way that avoids preferential treatment of any one candidate.
(b) The final slate, including petitioned nominees, will be provided to all members, accompanied by written statements from each candidate.
(c) Petition candidates will be identified as such in all official information about the slate, and on the ballot.
NAEYC will regularly evaluate the official election activities regarding their effectiveness in promoting voter participation in the election process and helping members make informed decisions.
Election Campaign Guidelines for Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums
(a) Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums are expected to encourage their members to vote in the election.
(b) Affiliate Groups and Interest Forums are expected to limit the information they provide about candidates to official information provided by NAEYC unless specifically approved in writing by NAEYC.
(c) When Affiliate Groups or Interest Forums provide information about any candidate, they are expected to acknowledge all candidates equally.
Election Campaign Guidelines for Candidates
- Network with professional colleagues via face-to-face meetings, one-to-one telephone calls, and electronic mailings/postings to encourage participation in the voting process and to inform them of their nominations and seek their support; and
- Participate in NAEYC planned or sanctioned activities provided to inform NAEYC members about all of the candidates.
Candidates may not:
- With the exception of limited costs associated with the acceptable practices above (e.g., Internet access), make expenditures associated with their candidacy, including:
- Soliciting or accepting financial support from either individuals, professional associations, corporations, or employers; and
- Seeking or accepting an employer or corporate sponsorship that would distribute campaign items or mailings on a candidate's behalf.
- Produce and use campaign paraphernalia including, but not limited to: buttons, fliers, balloons, display booths, stickers, ribbons, or other give-aways.
- Seek or accept public "official" endorsement of, or financial contribution from, any NAEYC Affiliate, Interest Forum, committee, commission or council.
- Seek endorsement of their candidacy from members of the NAEYC Governing Board or NAEYC employees/staff in their official capacities.
- Run on a "ticket" (i.e. encouraging members to vote for individuals as a part of a slate).
Members of the NAEYC Nominating Committee shall remain neutral and non-partisan during the elections process. It is unacceptable for any NAEYC member to lobby a member of the Nominating Committee on behalf of themselves or other potential nominees. Any questions about these practices should be sent to email@example.com.
Communication of Election Results
The Board President will notify each candidate to inform her/him of the outcome of the election for that individual. After which, the Governing Board and the Nominating Committee will be notified of the full election results. All candidates will be notified in writing (electronically) of the election results and final vote counts. Final election counts may be released to any member upon receipt of written request.