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.

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.

Learn About This Collaboration

What is Power to the Profession?

Learn more about the what and the why of this collaborative initiative.

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Who is Involved?

Read about the national task force of organizations and their representatives leading the Power to the Profession initiative

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Be a Part of the Process

Get an update on the latest of the decision cycles for the project and add your input.

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Learn How the Public Views Early Childhood Educators

Making investments in advancing the early childhood profession is a priority bolstered by market research.

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How State Systems Support the Profession

An excellent profession is built upon an excellent system of professional development.

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See a Project Summary

Summary in Spanish

One page overview of Power to the Profession.

Summary in English

One page overview of Power to the Profession.

Summary in Mandarin

One page overview of Power to the Profession.