DRAFT Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators
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A Message to the Early Childhood Field
The second draft of the Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators is now available for public comment. The intention of the leveling is to serve as a guide to help the early childhood ecosystem (practitioners, professional preparation programs, accreditors, licensing bodies, etc.) understand the level of knowledge and skills related to the standards and competencies they need to master or support in their professional roles.
The first round of public comment on the leveling produced a robust response, with the majority weighing in expressing support for the draft. However, there were important concerns raised with the draft as well.
- The differentiation between ECE II and ECE III levels was not significant enough. The value-add of each level needs to be evident.
- Some felt that the expectations at each level were too ambitious and others felt the expectations were not ambitious enough.
- The content (beyond just the early childhood content) of the programs that prepare individuals for ECE I, II and III roles needs to be more evident in the leveling document.
We heard you, and after reviewing feedback and with input from a group of representatives from ECE I, II and III professional preparation programs, NAEYC is pleased to release this second draft of the leveling for public comment.
We are eager to hear from the field! We encourage you to complete this survey by November 8, 2019. You can also sign up to attend “office hours” throughout October and November to have your questions answered and to share your suggestions.
Thank you for your continued contributions to this work!
Your Engagement is Critical
Leveling Draft #2
Read the second public draft of the Leveling of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
Second Draft of the Position Statement
Read the second public draft of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators in English.
Lea el segundo borrador público de Estándares y competencias profesionales para educadores de la primera infancia en español.
Download a brief overview of the second public draft of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. (Powerpoint slides)
Download a side-by-side comparison chart between Public Draft #1 and Public Draft #2 of the Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
Hear from NAEYC Governing Board member Dina Castro about why your feedback on the draft Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators is so important.
Escuche a la miembra de la junta directiva de NAEYC, Dina Castro explicar por qué sus comentarios sobre el borrador de los Estándares y compentencias profesionales para los educadores de la primera infancia son tan importantes.
On October 15th, 2018, NAEYC hosted a webinar on the recently revised draft Position Statement, Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. Presenters included: Mary Harrill (NAEYC), Elisa Huss-Hage (Owens Community College), Sarah Lemoyne (Zero to Three), and Bweikia Steen (George Mason University).