Washington, D.C.—February 27, 2012—The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading association for those working with and on behalf of high-quality early childhood education for children from birth through age 8, is pleased to announce Walden University as a new Gold Level Year-Round Sponsor.

NAEYCThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, an accredited online university, is dedicated to increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement. The college’s bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, education specialist and certificate programs emphasize practical skills and analytical tools that educators can immediately use in their classrooms. The college’s programs also connect students with nationally recognized education experts, researchers and scholars.

“The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University has been a longtime supporter of NAEYC,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, PhD, Executive Director of NAEYC. “We are delighted to have their support of our shared goal of supporting and promoting high-quality early childhood education and teachers. Their generosity as a Year-Round Sponsor is deeply appreciated.”

As a Gold Level Year-Round Sponsor, Walden University will be recognized and honored by NAEYC throughout the year for their deep commitment in its award-winning publications and newsletters, and on its highly popular website. In addition, particular focus on the new collaboration will be shown at both NAEYC conferences. A year-round sponsorship with NAEYC is the highest level of collaboration a company or organization can utilize to support the critical work on behalf of young children and early childhood educators.

“Walden and NAEYC are perfectly aligned in our commitment to empower early childhood professionals to make positive changes in the lives of children. We understand that the care, respect and knowledge that early childhood professionals bring to their work with young children and their families can contribute to a child’s later success in school and in life,” said Dr. Kate Steffens, Dean of the Riley College of Education and Leadership. “We are proud to support NAEYC and to be able to offer their members the flexibility to continue their important work in early childhood while strengthening their skills and knowledge base through our degree programs.”

NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

For more information about early childhood education programs at The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, visit www.WaldenU.edu/education.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

About NAEYC
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 80,000 members worldwide. The Association is the largest and most influential advocate for early care and education in the United States.