Power to the Profession

 

Vision: Each and every child, beginning at birth, has the opportunity to benefit from high-quality early childhood education, delivered by an effective, diverse, well prepared and well compensated workforce. 

In 2015, The National Academy of Medicine released their 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Framework and outlined the urgency and importance for collaboration around addressing the crisis impacting the early childhood workforce. 

Power to the Profession was created as a national collaboration in response to that report to better define the early childhood education profession, birth through age 8, across all states and settings, but creating a framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualification standards, supports for accountability, and compensation to define the profession. 

It was not until 2017 that a Task Force of 15 national organizations that represent members of the field came together to strategically work to establish a Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession and set the vision for how with the support of public investment all children birth through age 8 would benefit from high-quality early childhood education provided by a qualified, diverse, adequately supported, and compensated group of professionals. 

Watch the Framework Summary Video

Read the Framework Executive Summary

Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators

Increasing Qualifications, Centering Equity: Experience and Advice from Early Childhood Educators of Color

More information is available at Power to the Profession website.

 

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