How Can I Engage and Inform Power to the Profession?
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The most important thing to know is that this is your profession, and there is a place for you here. We invite you to contribute your expertise and passion. Visit powertotheprofession.org to get additional resources.
And during the month of May 2022, you can also visit naeyc.org/commission to learn more about opportunities to apply to join the Commission on Professional Excellence in Early Childhood Education!
Power to the Profession is an all-in initiative and we’re relying on you to help spread the word. Here are some ideas for things you can do:
- Post about Power to the Profession on social media using the hashtag #PowertotheProfession.
- Host Power to the Profession discussion and survey group. Bring together a small group of colleagues, or make it part of an established meeting, and watch a pre-recorded webinar or review the draft together. Then, with each person on their own laptop or tablet, complete the survey to share your thoughts and feedback.
- Connect with your local Affiliate and co-host a Power to the Profession convening in your community. This can include focus groups, town hall meetings, panels, keynote addresses, and workshops at local or state conferences.
- Share your story as part of our Voices from the Field project.
Power to the Profession Facilitator Toolkit
Need more ideas for leading a conversation? Click here to receive the Power to the Profession Facilitator Toolkit. This toolkit includes:
- Tips for preparing to host a discussion
- Sample text for promoting the discussion
- Sample slide presentation
- Sample agendas and discussion questions
- Supplemental resources and background materials
- Feedback form for sharing your thoughts back to the Power to the Profession Task Force
Power to the Profession has multiple articles and background information on the urgent need to advance a unified profession, materials in Spanish, videos introducing Power to the Profession, an infographic to share with your networks.
Other resources include:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- One-page overview of the initiative
- Decision Cycles 7+8 questions for the field - an overview of survey questions to prepare for sharing your perspective via the online survey
- Decision Cycles 7+8 overview presentation - sample slides
- Decision Cycles 7+8 introduction webinar - recorded August 15, 2019
- Deregulation Won’t Solve Child Care . . . A Companion Piece for Advocates
- Deregulation Won’t Solve Child Care . . . But It Will Decrease Safety and Supply
Especially for Child Care Resource and Referral agencies
Are you part of a Child Care Resource and Referral agency? Our partner (and National Task Force member) Child Care Aware of America created a suite of resources especially for you! Check them out:
- What is Power to the Profession and Why it’s Important to CCR&Rs
- What CCR&Rs Need to Do Externally around Power to the Profession
- What CCR&Rs Need to Do Internally around Power to the Profession
- Understanding the Recommendations from Decision Cycles 345+6
Thanks to Child Care Aware of America for their leadership and expertise!
Recursos en Español (Materials in Spanish)
- Los ciclos de decisión 3, 4 y 5 (Decision Cycles 3, 4 and 5)
- La Profesión de la educación de la primera infancia dentro del campo de la primera infancia (The Early Childhood Education Profession within the Early Childhood Field)
- Declaraciones resumidas y guía de estudio (Full Summary Statements and Study Guide)
- La necesidad urgente de avanzar como una profesión unida (Summary Statements and Study Guide on The Urgent Need to Advance as a Profession)
- Estrategia y cronograma de ejecución de P2P (Summary Statements and Study Guide on P2P Implementation and Timeline)
- Declaraciones resumidas y guía de estudio - Ciclo de decisión 1 de P2P: Identidad y ámbito profesional (Summary Statements and Study Guide on Decision Cycle 1)
- Declaraciones resumidas y guía de estudio - Ciclo de decisión 2 de P2P: Competencias profesionales (General) (Summary Statements and Study Guide on Decision Cycle 2)
- Declaraciones resumidas y guía de estudio - Los ciclos de decisión 3, 4 y 5 (Summary Statements and Study Guide on Decision Cycles 3, 4, and 5)
Additional materials are under development and will be posted when finalized.
Power to the Profession Virtual Office Hours
Curious about Power to the Profession? Have feedback and input on the decisions being made? Want to support the movement and involve others? We want to hear from you!
Power to the Profession Office Hours are your chance to ask questions, give feedback, and explore how you can help lead this movement. Gather a small group of colleagues and sign up together. These office hours are open to all and it's possible other advocates from around the country could be part of the discussion as well - which can lead to a rich and dynamic conversation!
Examples of past conversations:
- What makes Power to the Profession different from past initiatives to advance early childhood education?
- What is the Power to the Profession Task Force recommending in the discussion drafts?
- How can I be part of the Power to the Profession movement? How can I involve others?
Multiple days and times are available. Sign up here for a time that works for you.
Voices from the Field
Share your story about what makes you optimistic about Power to the Profession. Click here to get started.