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Join the AAP Section on Early Education and Child Care

The Section on Early Education and Child Care (SOEECC) provides a forum for pediatricians and others interested in promoting the optimal development, health, and safety of children in child care. Activities are based on the recommendations in the AAP policy, Quality Early Education and Child Care: From Birth to Kindergarten and include opportunities for members to learn how to increase their involvement and effectiveness in the provision of quality early education and child care.

The SOEECC goals are to:

  • Provide an AAP home for health professionals involved in early education and child care.
  • Increase pediatrician interest and involvement in early education and child care issues.
  • Increase participation and effectiveness of pediatric health professionals in their role in promoting quality early education and child care experiences for families and their community.
  • Advocate for access to quality early education and child care for all children.

The SOEECC accomplishes its goals through implementation of Work Groups.
Learn more about the Section's Work Groups

Section Roster Login Required

2010 NCE Presentations
Promoting School Readiness: Early Brain and Child Development
Presented by Pamela High, MD, FAAP

Practical Strategies for Increasing Children's Physical Activity in Child Care
Presented by Kristen Copeland, MD, FAAP

Hot Topics in Early Childhood Influencing Early Education and Child Care: Research, Early Literacy, Obesity Prevention
Presented by Danette Swanson Glassy, MD, FAAP

Become a Member!

SOEECC Brochure
Click here for the SOEECC membership brochure
Click here for the SOEECC affiliate membership brochure

AAP Members
All AAP members in good standing are eligible to join the section.

  1. Go to and log in
  2. Under the heading “Member Community”, click “Join a Section or Council”.
  3. Choose the section(s) and/or council(s) you are interested in, answer a few questions and click “Submit”.


Affiliate Membership
The Section accepts affiliate members who are interested in the study or practice of early education and child care and who are interested in contributing toward the objectives of the section. Approved affiliate membership categories include:

  1. Licensed physicians not eligible for Fellowship in the Academy
  2. Licensed or certified health professionals such as nursing professionals, physician assistants, and registered dieticians
  3. Licensed mental health professionals such as counselors or social workers
  4. Educators or researchers with a masters or doctoral degree and relevant experience

With the application for membership, an affiliate member candidate shall submit:

  1. One letter from an AAP member who is a member of the Section on Early Education and Child Care or the Council on Community Pediatrics and has agreed to sponsor/mentor the applicant
  2. Copy of their license or diploma

To apply for Section Affiliate membership, click here.

Child Care, Health, and Early Education Research (CHEER) Consortium

Efforts to improve the health outcomes of young children should be based on the most current evidence or best practices, rather than "health beliefs". The AAP has established the Child Care, Health, Early Education Research (CHEER) Consortium, a group of health professionals that meet to discuss conducting health research in child care settings. The group's mission is to facilitate and encourage health professionals, caregivers/teachers, and researchers to collaborate on research projects and utilize results to improve the quality of care for young children in early education and child care settings across the country.


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