Mission Statement

The CAYC exists to provide a voice on critical issues related to the quality of life of all young children and families.

What is the CAYC?

The Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC) was granted its Federal Charter in 1974. To this day, the CAYC is the only national association specifically concerned with the well being of children, birth through age nine – at home, in preschool settings and at school.

Members of this multi-disciplinary association include parents, teachers, caregivers, administrators, students and all those wishing to share ideas and participate in activities related to the education and welfare of young children.

The Aims of CAYC

1. To advance education by creating and distributing an academic journal regarding topics such as early childhood education and care.

2. To advance education by holding national, provincial, and regional conferences where researchers, educators, and related experts share information regarding research, resources, and advancements in early childhood education and care.

3. To do all such things as are incidental or ancillary to the attainment of the above purposes.

Implementing These Ideals

The National Conference

The National Conference is a highlight of The CAYC.
The program includes lectures by internationally renowned authorities on children, in addition to workshops, discussion groups, displays, demonstrations, school visits and tours.

Provincial and Regional Events

The organization of members at the local and provincial level is encouraged to plan events to deal with the issues and concerns pertaining to young children. These events may take the form of lectures, seminars or a local conference.

The Journal of Childhood Studies

This outstanding multidisciplinary journal is published on an online basis and features articles and announcements by nationally and internationally renowned experts in early childhood education, as well as new learning tools, peer book reviews, etc. Current and archived journals can be found at https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/jcs/index


The CAYC membership is comprised of both institutional and non-institutional members. Members receive online issues of the “Journal” that can be accessed through the Journal of Childhood Studies link http://www.cayc.ca/journals.