OVERVIEW: POWER TO THE PROFESSION
What is Power to the Profession?
Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation. Read the Press Release announcing the initiative here.
What are the initiative’s goals?
Building on guidelines, frameworks and standards that currently operate across programs, organizations and states, this initiative aims to establish a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire profession, which will lead to a comprehensive policy and financing strategy for their systemic adoption and implementation.
In 2015, The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council released their seminal report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, which highlighted the urgent and important need for a collective effort to address the fragmented early childhood workforce.
As more public and private money goes to the early childhood space, early educators must elevate the profession to ensure that these--and future--resources are put to the best use: delivering the best outcomes for children. Elevating the profession must include defining it; in order to maintain and build investments, policymakers and the public need to understand what they are paying for and why.
Who is participating?
This is an all-in initiative. We need everyone’s perspective and voice to be heard in this conversation - and we need the voices of the profession itself to be front and center. That’s why it’s structured like this:
15 national organizations who represent and engage with large groups of early childhood professionals that make up the core task force + over 25 national organizations with systems-level influence on the early childhood profession that make up the stakeholder group (See the list of the participating organizations here)
- Early childhood researchers and experts who will participate in national townhalls
- Early childhood educators, parents and other invested individuals who will participate through state and local initiatives that reflect and inform the national conversation and processes.
Who is funding it?
Power to the Profession is being supported by the Foundation for Child Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for Early Success, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation.