Become a Member of SECA

Growing as an Early Childhood Professional

SECA Can Provide Those Opportunities!

SECA is YOUR professional association and we offer opportunities for you to grow as an early childhood professional. SECA is actively working to recruit early childhood professionals who want to serve their colleagues, their communities, and their profession to become involved in our mission of serving early childhood professionals and the children and families of the South. There’s something for everyone, and we hope that you’ll take the time to volunteer and work with us to achieve that goal. Contact us at info@SouthernEarlyChildhood.org for more information or follow the links below. Become an involved professional!

BECOME A REVIEWER FOR DIMENSIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD!
We need people to review manuscripts for our refereed journal. If you’re accepted as a reviewer, you’ll receive from 1-5 manuscripts per year (depending upon your area of expertise) and you’ll have 30 days to submit the review to the Dimensions manuscript assistant. Three persons review each manuscript that is considered for publication, and the reviews are returned by e-mail. Your review helps determine whether the manuscript will appear in Dimensions of Early Childhood or be returned to the author/authors.

If you’re interested, click here for information and the reviewer form. (Don’t forget to include a copy of your vita or resumé.) E-mail the reviewer application form and a copy of your vita to editor@SouthernEarlyChildhood.org. Since all correspondence with reviewers is conducted by e-mail, we will not be able to accept a review application that is mailed to the SECA office.
VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS
SECA has an online publication, What’s New in Children’s Books, that includes volunteer-written reviews of recent children's books. We receive review copies of new children’s books, and we have a volunteer group that reviews them for us.
Each reviewer will receive 1-2 books per year, and we ask that you provide the following in your review:
  • Information about the book (copyright, author, illustrator, publisher, etc.)
  • The theme of the book
  • Concepts contained in the book
  • Your perspective on why the book would be useful in an early childhood program
  • Strategies and activities to use the book in a program
We encourage all of you who work with children and teach others how to do so to consider this volunteer opportunity. This will provide a great resource to our SECA members and keep all of us on the cutting edge. Click here for more information and the application.
WE NEED YOU FOR THE SECA ANNUAL CONFERENCE!
Although we know how hectic your everyday work lives are, we need you to take some time to consider putting together a proposal for the annual SECA conference and sharing your expertise and experience with our conference participants. We’ve been putting on this conference for over 60 years, and our goal is to offer this professional opportunity to someone new each year.

SECA publishes a Call for Proposals in January of each year for the next year’s conference. We look for a mix of presentations on a diversity of topics, and we need both research and experience driven presentations.  Click here for the Call for Proposals for 2015.
ARE YOU AN AUTHOR?
Consider submitting one of the following:

An article for Dimensions of Early Childhood, our refereed journal
An article for the SECA Reporter, our newsletter
A book proposal, or even one of our monthly member e-mails!
 
                 
  Manuscript Guidelines:          Dimensions      I      Books     I     Member e-mails
COMMITTEES NEED MEMBERS!
SECA convenes Ad Hoc Committees during the year, and we need volunteers who have expertise and experience in specific topics. These committees are time-limited, so you’ll know how much time you will devote to the project prior to beginning work. Notices will appear on this page as a Committee is formed, and we invite volunteers to submit for consideration. Watch this page for notice of new Committees.

SECA also has a standing committee, the Editorial Committee, to help us determine the focus of SECA publications for the next year. The SECA Board of Directors elects the members of this Committee and nominations are solicited each year for vacant positions. Watch this page for notice of when nominations will be accepted and the requirements to be considered.
CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS!
We regularly place photographs from programs and events in our journal, newsletter, books and other SECA publications. SECA is looking for quality photographs to illustrate our publications, and we hope you’ll consider submitting some for consideration. SECA pays to use these photographs, and the photographer retains the copyright to the photos. Release forms must be available for all photos. If your photograph is used, you will be credited in the publication.
Click here for photo guidelines.
SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY
Every two years, SECA adopts a national project as its Community Service Project. We work with a deserving charity or program to promote SECA participation with that organization. In the past 4 years, we have adopted Heifer International and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as our community service focus. Click on the links below to find information about these two important organizations.

For 2009 and 2010, the SECA Board has adopted a focus of early literacy, and we’re working with Reach Out and Read, a national organization that works with pediatricians and health services, to make sure children are healthy and learning. Click here to find more information on how to get involved with this great community service project.