For decades, AEA and NEA have championed Education Support Professionals (ESPs), and the efforts to gain full inclusion in the Association, and 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. ESPs 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
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 Members of the AEA & NEA Board
Statewide, 3 At-Large elected ESP members make up the AEA Board of Directors responsible for the general policies and interests of the Association. Learn more
Nationally, 25 State and At-Large elected ESP members make up the NEA Board of Directors. Learn more
ESPs make a positive impact on the lives of students throughout their time in school and beyond.