Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you for being part of the NAEYC online community, Hello. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines, and NAEYC’s Terms of Use, Cookie Policyand Privacy Statement. All communications in the Hello space should embody NAEYC’s mission, ethics, and values.  You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium.  Conversations in Hello should concern topics of interest to the Early Childhood Education community. This is a great space in which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. General questions should be directed to the Community Manager at Questions on updating contact information, email addresses, or other membership-related issues should be directed to our Customer Care Team at

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the Community Manager at In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

The Rules

  • Don't harshly challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. If you have a question about the spirit in which to write your messages, please consider NAEYC’s mission and core values and let that guide you.
  • Don't post commercial messages on any discussion post, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it.  Don’t post links to websites where others can purchase your products or products that you recommend for purchase. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  • Nonprofits groups should not post links to their websites, other resources, or to promote events on any discussion post, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it, as this is considered an advertisement or a business solicitation regardless of whether it is free of charge or for a fee.  
  • Don't use Hello to promote/disseminate surveys of any kind. Only NAEYC may post surveys.
  • Don’t use Hello to recruit research or interview subjects. 
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on discussions and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. See NAEYC’s Terms of Use for more information.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see, or that you would not want anyone to know come from you.
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or resource libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
  • All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire discussion group when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
  • Hello is a place for early childhood educators to share ideas around topics important to them. It is not a bulletin board to post upcoming events, webinars, conferences, publications and other resources, as this is considered an advertisement or a business solicitation regardless of whether it is free of charge or for a fee.  If you are interested in promoting your resource through Hello please contact  to find out about advertising opportunities.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire discussion group. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the Account tab of your profile page to change your notification settings. If you are changing email addresses, you may do so in NAEYC's membership database:
    Login here, click “my profile,” and choose “change information” from the menu at the right. Find the fields you would like to change. When you are finished, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "update information" to save your changes.
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."
  • Do not post partisan political statements aimed at influencing legislation or supporting or opposing candidates for public office, or in a manner that otherwise violates the law.

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. By using this Site, you accept of the terms of NAEYC’s Terms of Use, Cookie Policy, and Privacy Statement . If you do not agree to all of the Terms of Use, Cookie Policy, and the Privacy Statement, please do not use this site.

To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, NAEYC disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  NAEYC does not warrant that the functions contained in the content will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. NAEYC does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use of or the result of the use of the content in this site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.  You (and not NAEYC) assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction. NAEYC assumes no liability, whether in contract or tort, for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, or punitive damages, including (without limitation) damages for loss of anticipated profits or revenue or other economic loss in connection with or arising from any act or omission by NAEYC, its agents, affiliates, joint venture partners, independent contractors, or unaffiliated third parties as a result of any act or omission in fulfillment of or in breach of these terms of use or the privacy statement.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the National Association for the Education of Young Children we will take all appropriate action.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines. NAEYC is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site.