PAEYC is the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC). We are a non-profit organization, serving the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities. 

PAEYC is dedicated to supporting developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children birth through age 8.

PAEYC is open to all early childhood professionals who work with and care for young children and who provide education and resources for these individuals.

PAEYC 2014-2015 Officers

  • President – Rochelle Fouts
  • Vice President – Tracy Bruce
  • Treasurer – Whitney Nestlehut
  • Secretary – Amy Dyer


PAEYC is a bridge of collaboration and communication between the early childhood profession, in all its diversity, and the early childhood communities of the Texas Panhandle.


The mission of PAEYC is to provide collaborative opportunities for professional growth; to advocate for best practices in early childhood education; and to support the uniqueness of our members and the families we serve.


Advocacy > Speaking with one voice to promote quality, compensation and affordability in the early childhood community.

Collaboration > Communicating and sharing among all who serve young children.

Diversity > Celebrating the potential, uniqueness and importance of our members and the community we serve.

Professional Growth > Supporting lifelong learning in the field of early childhood education.

Quality > Promoting and advocating for best practice and accreditation as indicators of quality early childhood education.

Responsibility > Accepting ours and supporting others in furthering the mission of PAEYC.

PAEYC - PO Box 8813 - Amarillo, TX 79114     |    ppaeyc@gmail.com      

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