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April 30, 2012
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Advancing the Early Childhood Profession Provides National Guidelines and Standards for the Early Childhood Profession
New NAEYC book is an ideal resource for all early childhood educators
WASHINGTON—The knowledge and skills of those teaching young children is a critical element of high-quality early learning experiences for children. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s leading professional organization for those working with and on behalf of young children from birth through age 8. Recently, NAEYC released its revised national standards for professional preparation and ongoing professional development as well as other related resources in its new publication of Advancing the Early Childhood Profession: NAEYC Standards and Guidelines for Professional Development, edited by Alison Lutton.
NAEYC’s national standards help to raise the quality of professional development programs and systems, and professional practice, creating a common national framework that describes what early childhood professionals are expected to know and be able to do. They are the basis for national accreditation of early childhood teacher preparation programs. This new book is a compendium of those standards and other resources for the entire early childhood field, across all roles and settings. It organizes NAEYC’s research-based Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and Code of Ethical Conduct and presents these alongside NAEYC public policy guidance that supports states as they build professional development systems. Advancing the Early Childhood Profession provides information for professional development providers, faculty, administrators and policymakers on using this material. Contents include:
● NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs
● The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
● The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: Supplement for Early Childhood Adult Educators
● Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems
● The Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training, Technical Assistance, and Adult Education Glossary
● Using the New NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards
“Advancing the Early Childhood Profession is an ideal resource for all early childhood educators, trainers and policy makers,” said editor Alison Lutton. “The book offers national guidelines and standards that, taken together, offer a road map for early childhood educators engaged in their own professional development as well as for those who design and provide professional development and education programs, administer state professional development systems, and work to advance high-quality early childhood programs through research and public policy.”
Advancing the Early Childhood Profession: NAEYC Standards and Guidelines for Professional Development ($20.00; 120 pages; ISBN 978-1-928896-81-4) is available for sale from NAEYC’s Online Store. Review copies are available upon request.
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.