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Glossary of Terms 1. Affiliated Component—a nonprofit organization that applies for and is awarded affiliation with National 2. Component Chapter—a non-affiliated chapter that affiliates with their Affiliated Component 3. Member Service Delivery Area—the defined geographic area an Affiliated Component or Component Chapter commits to delivering member services and benefits


Proposed Affiliate Structure Model

New threshold capacity requirements result in a simpler, easily navigated membership model that includes a network of local and state (and potentially regional) Affiliated Components. In this model, components provide evidence of meeting defined capacity thresholds and affiliate directly with National, regardless of whether they are currently considered a state or local affiliate. The ability of any local or state affiliate to meet capacity thresholds becomes the benchmark. Capacity thresholds include minimum thresholds for budget and reserves, number of members, and paid staff; expectations that each affiliate is a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS and a nonprofit corporation in good standing with their respective state financial statements; and commitments to NAEYC’s vision, mission, brand, and the principles of a high-performing, inclusive organization (HPIO). Baseline capacity building resources are available to assist components in achieving affiliation status throughout the 18-month transition. More extensive resources are available through a fee for service model. (See section 10, Transition Phase, on page 10.) Affiliated Components and Membership Members join two levels (Affiliated Component + National Component) rather than the current three (Local + State + National). All Affiliated Components that meet the capacity thresholds define their member service delivery area by county or counties.

Members select their nearest Affiliated Component (requires administrative ability of an association management system). In states where no other Affiliated Component meets the capacity threshold, the state serves as the Affiliated Component and all activities at the local level equates to a Component Chapter model. While not required, members would still have the option of joining multiple components. In the event there are counties not covered by an Affiliated Component, members will only join the National Component. The National Component will continuously work with Affiliated Components to expand their capacity to cover additional counties or to create new Affiliated Components and/or Component Chapters. Members in nine states in the South currently join four levels (Local + State + SECA + National). Further dialogue (which is currently occurring) with SECA is necessary before any decisions are determined in these states. Bright Spots in the NAEYC Affiliate Network The decision to shift to an affiliate structure based on capacity was driven by the research presented in the Association Trends and Best Practices report and by examining current Affiliates who are growing in membership and successfully creating value for their members in policy, professional development, and early childhood system building. What do we know about the healthiest Affiliates today? They all share a common thread of success around capacity. In many ways these Affiliates are bucking the trend in membership—their numbers are holding and in some cases growing with the addition of shared services and other innovative programs and services. These Affiliates discovered their “capacity trigger” by securing additional funding streams tied to major contracts with their state or national organizations, which allowed them to expand, hire staff, and deliver a higher value proposition to their members. These Affiliates are seen as integral players in their local or state early childhood community, and many are engaged in systems building and are deeply connected to policy work. This is the future we are envisioning for our association: a network of sustainable nonprofits that are mission driven and member centric. The next section of this report defines capacity thresholds for Affiliated Components, Component Chapters, and National. 3

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A New Proposed Affiliated Component Structure for NAEYC