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Oct. 21, 2009
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NAEYC revises Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards
The core of the standards of excellence remains the same, minor changes enhance accreditation
(Washington, DC) – The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has revised a new edition of the Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs, the position statement from which higher education degree accreditation is based.
At colleges and universities the standards apply to associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Students at each level of professional preparation are expected to demonstrate varying degrees of knowledge and skills, as appropriate to the program level. The Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards are,
- Promoting Child Development and Learning Standard
- Building Family and Community Relationships Standard
- Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families Standard
- Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families Standard
- Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
- Becoming a Professional
The 2009 standards include three major changes from the 2003 edition:
- Standard 4 has been separated into two standards. One focuses on early childhood methods and the other on early childhood content. This increases the total number of standards from five to six.
- The language "all children" is revised to read either "each child" or "every child" to strengthen the integration of inclusion and diversity as threads across all standards. In some cases, the phrase “each child” has been added to a key element of a standard.
- Over time, NAEYC has organized these standards in a variety of ways. In this new position statement, the core standards are presented in one NAEYC position statement intended for the use throughout the entire field. It emphasizes the essentials of professional preparation for careers in early childhood education, regardless of role, setting, or degree level.
The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will have the opportunity to review and approve the standards in the fall of 2010. Revisions to accreditation materials will take place in 2011, after which higher education programs will be expected to meet the new standards.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood education in the United States.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.