Because we know that high-quality educators drive high-quality early learning, NAEYC is committed to achieving a vision in which the early childhood profession exemplifies excellence and is recognized as vital and performing a critical role in society.
How do we achieve this vision? By coming together, with early childhood professionals at the center.
POWER TO THE PROFESSION
Resources for getting involved:
- distinct responsibilities
- scope of practice (practices professionals can and cannot be expected to perform)
- code of ethics
- standards and expectations for practice
- educational requirements for entry
- higher education accreditation
- entry exams
- continuing education requirements
- licensing from a state board
- legal consequences for negligent practice
Click here to inform the process.
ADVANCING THE PROFESSION: MARKET RESEARCH
NAEYC’s own research highlights widespread support for making investment in the early childhood education profession a national priority. To learn more about this research, download the Executive Summary, the Press Release and the Key Findings, and read more about NAEYC’s Next Steps. You can also check out media mentions from Education World, the Huffington Post, EdCentral and Education Week.
Download these social media infographics to share in your own posts:
Fulfilling the Promise of Early Childhood Education: Advancing Early Childhood Education as a Professional Field of Practice
A panel of experts, including NAEYC’s Rhian Allvin Evans, tackle the difficult questions in this co-authored blog post.
Resources and Tools to Elevate the Early Childhood Profession
Learn more about how NAEYC takes action to attract and retain the most effective educators and to support best practices in children’s learning and development.
Effective Advocacy Resources
It’s up to us to make the early childhood education case to policymakers, elected officials and candidates – and we need all hands on deck! Check out NAEYC’s effective advocacy resources to build your own knowledge and skills.
Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation
The Institute of Medicine’s seminal report supports building a workforce unified by the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.
Know Your Data
Get your hands on up-to-date and accurate information about the workforce from our partners at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.
Early Childhood Is a Top National Priority
There’s more data than ever demonstrating that voters prioritize early childhood education. Check out this annual bi-partisan poll from the First Five Years Fund for details you can use in your own advocacy efforts.
Discover Nursing - A Potential Model for the Early Childhood Profession
As we expand to meet the needs of children, families and communities, we can learn from other professions about their strategies to build awareness, increase recruitment, and foster investment.
It time to advance early childhood educators as a unified profession