1926: Chicago Metro AEYC originated as the Association of Nursery Schools (ANS) in 1926 as a group of proprietary center owners who joined together to share problems and to work on issues of common concern.
1956: The First Annual Conference
1965: The Association changed its name to the "Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children".
1969: Chicago Metro AEYC formed the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (ILAEYC) to provide a statewide voice for the profession, to complement our representation at the local and national level. A major attempt to reach the broader community with information and recognition for the work being done on behalf of young children by the professionals in the community was initiated in 1969, when the "Week of the Young Child" was established and made official by a proclamation by Mayor Daley. Chicago's "Week of the Young Child" became an annual event on a national scale when NAEYC adopted the "Week" in 1971.
1992: The word "Metropolitan" was added to the name to reflect the suburban as well as urban population served through membership.