NAECS-SDE has three categories of membership:
- Full membership in the Association is open to those persons with major responsibility for programs in early childhood education, serving in state departments of education or other state early childhood education agencies in the United States and its territories. Annual Dues are $50.00.
- Associate membership is open to retired or former full members. Any early childhood specialist holding full membership in the Association is eligible for Associate Membership after leaving state agency employment. Annual Dues are $50.00.
- Affiliate membership is open to related professionals who hold a current state-focused position in—or providing services for—a national not-for-profit organization related to the purpose of the Association. Annual Dues are $65.00