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Education Support Professionals

More than a half million Education Support Professional members take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms. 
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NEA celebrated the 96th National Education Support Professional Day with members in Phoenix, Arizona. On average, ESPs have more than a decade of experience in their profession.

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  
  • Paraeducators  
  • Security services  
  • Skilled trades  
  • Technical services  
  • Transportation services

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 >>

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    NEA ESP National Conference

    The annual NEA ESP Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation.
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    Great public schools for every student

    The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.