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 Power to the Profession National Task Force is excited to share with you the next decision cycle draft for your review and response: Decision Cycles 7 + 8. These Decision Cycles address the resources, infrastructure, and accountability structures needed across states and systems to support a prepared, diverse, well-compensated early childhood education profession.
As with all decision cycles, we welcome your reactions, feedback and comments.
What you can do
- Read the draft in English or en Español
- Complete the survey
- Share with others–tell them to visit www.powertotheprofession.org to learn more
If you have questions, please review the updated P2P Frequently Asked Questions, as you may find the answers there. You are also invited to sign up for Virtual Office Hours to ask questions, give feedback, or explore how you can build on your work to advance the early childhood education profession. Finally, stay tuned for opportunities to learn more and engage in the coming weeks, including through webinars, focus groups, and presentations from NAEYC and partners on the Task Force and beyond.
Click HERE for the graphic about which roles are in the field and which are in the profession.
Click HERE for an archived webinar that was done by Kat Kemp from NAEYC especially for Colorado about Power to the Profession on September 7, 2018.
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.
- 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 their virtual office hours every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.
DC345+6In conjunction with our turn to Decision Cycle 7 and 8, the Task Force is also proud to share a revised DC345+6. This document, which outlines recommendations related to differentiated preparation, pathways, specializations, and compensation, is the result of extensive field engagement, conducted through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and conference sessions that together engaged thousands of early childhood educators across states and settings, from diverse racial, linguistic, geographic, and cultural communities. This draft reflects feedback from the field based on two rounds of public comment and is not open for additional feedback at this time. Please direct your expertise towards reviewing and responding to Decision Cycle 7 and 8.
As part of becoming a profession, early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8 across all settings must have shared knowledge and competencies. Decision Cycle 2 identified a process to establish a unified set of Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators for the profession. Since September 2018, these draft standards have undergone two rounds of public comment.
One element of the Professional Standards and Competencies is to level the depth and breadth of the standards and competencies for the three designations in the early childhood educator profession–ECE I, ECE II, ECE III. A first draft of this leveling was shared earlier this year for public comment. The workgroup for this revision is incorporating the feedback from the field, including members of institutions of higher education, and working on a next draft of the leveling. We anticipate the next draft will be available in the fall of 2019, and we will look forward to your comments and input.