SECA is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children with their families through advocacy and professional development. 

SECA, as a welcoming organization, is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Since 1948 the Southern Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.

Thousands of individuals working in every aspect of child care and early childhood belong to SECA. They share ideas in local, state, & regional meetings, in professional development institutes, and through the association’s publications & resources.

Members receive many benefits, including a journal, Dimensions of Early Childhood, discounts on publications & conference registration.

SECA President

​​Crystal Campbell
South Carolina

I have been a member of SECA and SCECA for over 20 years and I have held many positions. Currently, I am Member-At-Large for SECA. I served as a SECA Representative for SC for 6 years. In SCECA I have served as Chair of Membership, Conference Chair, President of SCECA, and President and VP of District One and Other Districts for numerous years. I am retired (officially) but currently I am the Executive Director of Dorchester First Steps, a non-profit with the mission of preparing children birth to age 5 for school success.
I love SECA and SCECA and I’m excited that I can even nominate myself for this position. I have great vision for SECA and I rejoice that we are staying current and working to make a difference in the lives of our most precious resource-our children. I would love the opportunity to lead us to that end. Thank you for this opportunity of being considered.

2024 Recipient

Amy Jo Hutchison

“I was organizing long before I knew it had a name and people did it for a living.  I was just a mom who wanted better for my kids and the kids in my community and fought like hell to get it.”

SECA T. Berry Brazelton Friend of Children Award

This award is given at the annual conference to an individual who is a nationally recognized children’s advocate. For having made a contribution nationally in the field of advocacy that supports children and families.