Teaching Young Children (TYC), NAEYC’s award-winning magazine for classroom educators, highlights current thinking on best practices in early childhood education, innovations in the field, research and its implications, and interesting ideas for and from preschool teachers. Rooted in the latest and best research on early childhood education, TYC material is classroom ready. It’s full of practical ideas that you can adapt in your classroom today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the publication targeted to the preschool age group?
The largest group of NAEYC members works with preschoolers, so we created a magazine for these educators.  

Where does the content come from?  
The content comes from a number of sources including experts in the field, existing NAEYC resources, preschool teachers, the editors, and articles by teachers like you. For more information on how you can contribute to TYC, please visit https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/writing.

How is TYC different from Young Children?
TYC is designed for readers who prefer shorter articles that present practical information in a direct and friendly writing style, with photographs and infographics used to share teaching ideas and strategies. Teachers can put many of the ideas they read about in TYC into practice right away. 

How frequently is TYC published?
TYC is published four times per year (October, January, April, and August).

How can I become a member of NAEYC?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children supports preschool teachers on the job—today and in the future. More than half of NAEYC’s members are educators who work with preschool children. We value you and all you do for children and families. Find out more about joining NAEYC.

How can I order TYC?
Visit the Subscribe/Purchase page to become a subscriber. To order single issues, please visit NAEYC's Online Store.

How do I advertise with TYC?
Reach the NAEYC audience with our advertising opportunities! For more information, please visit https://www.naeyc.org/get-involved/align/media-advertising

What is the process for submitting a permissions and/or reprint request? 
NAEYC content is copyrighted and many forms of reuse require a permissions request. For more information, please visit https://www.naeyc.org/resources/permissions

Please keep the following in mind when you submit your work:


The primary audience for TYC is preschool teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care providers who work with preschool-aged children.

Writing Guidelines

TYC publishes a few different kinds of articles and tips, and we need all types for each issue of the magazine. In general, TYC does not publish content or promotional pieces that focus on (or promote) one organization's products or services as editorial content.

We are actively looking for the following types of content:

  1. Tips: Short and to the point. Word count - 300-500 words. See 10X Good Job Alternatives.
  2. Articles and stories: Descriptions of research-based best practices and innovative ideas as well as personal essays on life as a preschool teacher. Word count - 500-1200 words. See the Boo-Boo Curriculum and How Process Art Supports Preschoolers.
  3. A picture is worth 1000 words: Photos with captions that tell a story. In general, each caption should be no more than 20 words.
  4. A great classroom activity.

Format and writing tips

  • Present information using bullets, subheadings, lists, checklists, and high-resolution photographs, if available.
  • Use plain language that is straightforward and easy for readers to understand. It’s also okay for content to be funny and to have some personality.
  • Provide specific, practical tips and strategies for teachers.
  • Content must be research-based, reflect developmentally appropriate practice, and include ideas on how to support children and families from diverse backgrounds, including dual language learners.


If you have high-resolution photographs that go along with your content, include them with your submission. See the Photo Submission Guidelines for more information.