NAEYC's Power to the Profession
The collective Power to the Profession initiative is structured as a series of eight stackable, iterative “Decision Cycles” that will ultimately lead to a series of recommendations and the thoughtful implementation of a robust policy and financing agenda.
The first Decision Cycles have laid the groundwork for the future early childhood education profession by making recommendations on the name and the responsibilities of the profession (Decision Cycle 1) and the competencies of early childhood educators (Decision Cycle 2). The current Decision Cycle (combined 3-4-5) conveys the aspirations of the Task Force related to qualifications, specializations, and career pathways, designed to transform the complex and fragmented early childhood field as it exists today into a coherent profession in the future.
What can you do?
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.
- Review and Discuss the latest draft and the implications for your work. Access the draft and accompanying study guide with summary statements. The Task Force is taking public comment via survey on the recommendations for Decision Cycle 3-4-5 until April 30, 2018.
- Organize a Power to the Profession discussion group with your colleagues. It could be a Power to the Profession Potluck, an agenda item at an all-staff meeting…or get creative!
- Connect with COAEYC and co-host a Power to the Profession convening in your community. This can include focus sessions, panels, keynote addresses, and workshops at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
- Inform NAEYC efforts by scheduling time to chat with NAEYC staff during our virtual office hours every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Reserve your slot at here.