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Special Interest Group: Early Childhood Teacher Ed.


Contact Co-chairs to become an ECE SIG Member

First and foremost, the purpose of the ATE Early Childhood SIG is to provide a forum for the dissemination of current research and practice among early childhood teacher educators. Further, we intend to provide a consistent meeting place where early childhood educators across the nation can network, share ideas for teaching/learning, facilitate a community of collaborative endeavors, and support an environment of comradery among our members. Additionally, we aim to advocate for both children and their families by preparing future early childhood teachers to implement research based, best practices, which are developmentally appropriate and will positively impact children’s growth and development in each of the developmental domains. Finally, we strive to recruit new members through which the next generation of early childhood educators will be nurtured and sustained.

  • To increase communication between SIG members and others interested in Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECTE).
  • To provide a forum for reporting on research, programs, and other ECTE issues.
  • To inform other ATE members about teaching in developmentally appropriate early childhood settings.


Billi L. Bromer, Ed.D.


Brenau University College of Education

Dr. Laurel Byrne

ECE-TE SIG Secretary

La Salle University

Jill A. Smith


Central Methodist University

Become an ECE SIG member

by contacting the co-chairs.

More Information and Resources

Be sure to check out the images and presentations from our 2019 ECE SIG meeting in Atlanta!

Join our ECE SIG Facebook Group HERE!

Early Childhood SIG Symposium

Tensions Experienced by Early Childhood Educators: Navigating Development, Accreditation,

and Teacher Certification and Licensure. 

Moderator: Jill A. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Meidl,

Duquesne University

Dr. Bromer,

Brenau University

Presentation pdf

Become a member of ATE's SIG by contacting the co-chairs.

Contact Co-chairs to become an ECE SIG Member

Contact Co-chairs to become an ECE SIG Member

Dr. Benson,

Piedmont College

Presentation pdf

Dr. Ammentorp,

The College of New Jersey


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