ACYIG was launched in 2007. The initiative to form an Interest Group and to secure official standing within the American Anthropological Association was undertaken by Kristen Cheney and Susan Shepler. What was to become ACYIG first met with just a handful of people in an open meeting at the Annual Meeting of the AAA in 2008 and has grown substantially since then.
The advisory board constituted to guide the organization consisted of Myra Bluebond-Langner, David Lancy, Helen Schwartzman, and Tom Weisner as well as Cheney and Shepler. The first ACYIG website was developed by David F. Lancy and his students at Utah State University.
The need for an interest group concerned with children and childhood centered on the fact that, despite growing interest in the area of cross-cultural research on childhood, children’s experiences, and children’s rights, there had been no established place for such work, especially outside the realm of education and health.