National Association for the Education of Young Children Power to the Profession

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes high quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate and work on behalf of young children.  The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC)  is the state level affiliate of NAEYC.

Power to the Profession is a two-year collaborative initiative to establish a shared framework of knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards of practice and compensation for all early childhood educators who work with children birth to age 8 across the variety of early learning settings. Power to the Profession is designed to put the profession itself front and center with multiple opportunities for engagement throughout  the two-year process. A national task force, comprised of 15 national membership organizations that represents and engages large groups of early childhood education professionals, has been convened to establish the shared framework for the current profession.

Established professions have shared elements that define it including a shared purpose, common identity and agreement on the unique responsibilities and characteristics of their profession – defined by the profession itself.  Many professions, including nursing, speech pathology, architecture and public accounting have shared core components including defined responsibilities, scope of practice, code of ethics, competencies, standards and expectations, higher education accreditation, entry exams, continuing education requirements, certification, licensing from a state board and legal consequences for negligent practice.

The early childhood field has pieces of these professional components in place and Power to the Profession will create a unifying framework that addresses each of these components.

View NAEYC’s – Why Now is the Time to Advance a Unified Early Childhood Education Profession webinar here

More information is available at NAEYC’s website.

Also see:  NAEYC and MnAEYC Power to the Profession PowerPoint April 2017

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