For decades, NEA has championed Education Support Professionals (ESPs), their efforts to gain full inclusion in the Association, and their full recognition as accomplished professionals. Today, nearly 3 million ESPs work in our nation’s public schools and colleges, making up one third of the public education workforce. Of these, approximately a half million are NEA members.
Education Support Professionals strengthen our schools, communities, and associations across the country. They play an important role on the education team and in the lives of students both inside and outside of the classroom. They keep our schools running and our students safe, healthy, and ready to learn every day.
NEA ESPs are represented by 9 career families*
- Clerical services
- Custodial and maintenance services
- Food services
- Health and student services
- Security services
- Skilled trades
- Technical services
- Transportation services
*An ESP career family is a group of ESP professions that share similar core job skills, responsibilities, education, and training.
Key Facts about ESPs
We surveyed ESP members to learn more about their critical roles in the K-12 and higher education workforce. View the data >>
ESP Professional Growth
We work with ESPs to create learning opportunities and supports for them to elevate their professional excellence throughout their careers. Learn more >>
Job & Career Security
ESPs need protection from layoffs and privatization, which are threats to the entire school community. Take action >>
ESP of the Year Award
Through the annual award, we recognize the contributions that Education Support Professionals make toward their schools, communities, and professions. Learn more >>
ESP Members of the NEA Board
25 State and At-Large elected ESP members make up the NEA Board of Directors responsible for the general policies and interests of the Association. Learn more >>
Become a Member
- Join the ESP Facebook Group
- Follow @NEArESPect on Twitter
- Get involved with the National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP
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