CECEAA was formed in 1992 to create a support network and represent the interests of early childhood centres throughout New Zealand with a Christian Philosophy. It is an interdenominational organisation.
The majority of its membership is made up of community based centres attached to churches, some private centres and Christian individuals working in early childhood education. It has grown as churches continue to set up community based centres in their local community.
It gives information and support to members, holds national and regional conferences, facilitates regional and national networks and reflects its members unique Christian philosophy in all issues relating to early childhood education with other agencies involved in early childhood education and support for families.