Technical Assistance to Support High-Quality Early Learning
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NAEYC’s expertise in high-quality early learning lies in its role as a convener of multiple perspectives to create consensus on standards and systems building. We strive to empower early childhood educators with standards and resources that are based on research, practitioner input, and shared values.
While NAEYC is humbled to have many countries across the world interested in our accreditation system, at this time NAEYC cannot offer accreditation to programs outside of the United States. The department of Global Engagement is, however, actively looking to how NAEYC might offer technical assistance to support high-quality learning systems in your country. To be added to our list of early childhood education programs interested in technical assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our goal for our international work is to engage with the global early childhood development community to strengthen international early childhood systems as a strategy to improve the quality of early care and education for all children. As we embark on our international work we hold in mind two guiding principles: We must be sensitive to the nuances of varying contexts as we collaborate with our international partners to ensure that our global reach is culturally appropriate. At the same time we must also maintain the integrity of NAEYC’s core principles - that all young children should have access to safe, quality, developmentally appropriate learning environments.
NAEYC strives to facilitate the development of comprehensive systems to support high-quality early learning and the early childhood education profession, and the Global Engagement department extends this work through a variety of ways, including:
Support to create a comprehensive framework for early learning.
This process provides a basis from which an integrated system of professional development, reliable assessment, and reflective quality improvement can be developed.
Alignment of existing standards and metrics with international and country-specific documents to identify intersections and gaps.
This process helps to ensure streamlined implementation strategies for practitioners and highlights intersections in various requirements as well as the needs of administrators and policy makers.
Development of standards in collaboration with country partners.
NAEYC helps ensure that standards are written to emphasize developmentally appropriate content and expectations. Standards are developed and reviewed through informed, inclusive processes and created within a foundation of support for early childhood programs, professionals, and families.
The standards are meant to be the framework from which an integrated system of professional development, assessment and quality improved will be developed.
Capacity building at the national and local levels that nurtures leadership development in early childhood professionals.
All professional development experiences are grounded in best practice and current early childhood education evidence base. These experiences might include:
- Face-to-face training;
- Distance Learning Modules;
- Practical Observations; and/or
- Attendance at NAEYC Institute for Professional Development