"I consider the relationships and resources major NAEYC benefits! The relationships begin with the local and state affiliate groups; NAEYC provides professional support at each level. Having the support of a large professional organization helps as we look to the future and continue to “build better futures for all young children."
Pamela Briggs, Professor, McLennan Community College Child Studies and Education program. NAEYC member since 1993.
Tell us about your work with young children:
I have worked for 30+ years in the field of Early Childhood Education, 10 years teaching young children; infants through 5 years olds and 20+ years teaching and supervising college students in a college lab school setting. These years include serving on various committees and boards for children and families. I have also presented at National, State, and Local Early Childhood Conferences, as I continue to advocate for Appropriate Practices and Quality Child Care for all children.
Why did you become a member?
I joined NAEYC to network with other early childhood professionals in the field.
The networking has led to lasting professional relationships and many opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills. I personally value the Annual Conference and Expo, the web-based affiliate community, accreditation support services, and the research-based publications.
What does your NAEYC membership mean to you? How has it impacted your career and influenced your work with young children?
To me NAEYC membership means
- High Standards: Children deserve the best care and education. NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children is the mark of quality; NAEYC’s Accreditation Standards and Criteria set the standard for the field of early care and education.
- Quality Resources: The on-going research-based NAEYC publications are essential for early childhood leaders, educators, families, administrators, and community leaders.
- Early Childhood Community Collaboration: Relationships with families along with local, state, and national organizations, where leaders can receive resources and support.
- Relationships with Colleagues: NAEYC makes it possible through all the resources to build new relationships with colleagues from all over the country.
- Strong Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Professionals: Those who work with young children face many decisions that have moral implications. NAEYC provides the profession with an excellent Code of Ethical of Conduct as an important guide.
- Professionalism: NAEYC provides a way to meet and connect with other professionals.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
I consider the relationships and resources major NAEYC benefits! The relationships begin with the local and state affiliate groups; NAEYC provides professional support at each level. Having the support of a large professional organization helps as we look to the future and continue to “build better futures for all young children”
What is your favorite part of your job?
I truly love my job. I work for a wonderful college with an amazing administration and faculty. I am surrounded by children, early childhood college students, and an incredible faculty that energizes and challenges me.
What is your dream for the future of early-childhood education?
My dream is that quality childcare and education is available for all children in this country and all over the world.
Describe a moment when looking at the world through a child’s eyes changed your perception on something.
Children have taught me about the value of relationships, respect, taking risks, laughter, and that smiles make a difference. I’ve also learned that listening is important and there should be a lot of play every day.
My observations of children very early in my career convinced me that expensive materials and toys are not necessary. Children learn in many different ways; relationships are essential.
What’s your favorite book and why?
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire It is inspiring and thought provoking; linking education and social change.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to discuss?
I would like to meet Paulo Freire to discuss education and social change.