Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket
Every year, hundreds of early childhood administrators, researchers, advocates, and teacher educators gather at NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development. As the premier conference for established and emerging early childhood leaders in the nation, the Institute provides attendees with countless opportunities to connect with peers, explore the latest trends and research in the field, and recharge your career.
Each of NAEYC’s past Institutes have focused on specific issues or problems that early childhood leaders need to address—whether that be fair and equitable compensation, professional preparation standards, or developmentally appropriate practice. This year’s gathering addresses all of these important topics, but is exceptionally important because of our nation’s upcoming election and the role that educators can play within it. To ensure that our voices are heard, the 2016 Institute will advocate for “Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket,” with the goal that all of our presidential candidates will give the early childhood profession the attention it deserves.
The power that high-quality early learning experiences have on young children and their families cannot be denied. Our elected officials, and those aspiring to political office, must recognize the crucial role that educators play within our society and ensure that their policies are reflective of the importance of our work. Sessions and workshops at the 2016 Institute will address the current role that early childhood education plays in our political landscape, updates from state and federal departments of education, and ways to become a better advocate for the field.
Other areas of focus include, but are not limited to: qualifications and competencies of early childhood professionals; systems for ensuring that teaching staff, program administrators, and others are adequately prepared for the positions they will hold in the field; and strategies for providing high-quality ongoing professional development and support.
Make your voice heard, along with those of the children and families you serve, and join us this year in Baltimore for the 2016 Institute, June 5-8, as we advocate for Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket!
NAEYC’s Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for seasoned and emergent leaders in the field of early childhood education. Attendees include program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, coaches, agency officials, advocates, master teachers, and others whose work focuses on quality improvement in programs for young children and their families. The primary goal of the Institute is to deepen participants’ understanding of the expanding early childhood knowledge base; provide a forum for addressing significant, controversial issues affecting young children’s education and development; and help attendees develop skills that improve professional development and practice.