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.