Have you heard of the Power of the Profession initiative? The description by NAEYC is: ” a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.”
Basically, it’s an effort to get everyone on the same page so that the collective voice can be leveraged to make policy change – in states and federally.
Why does the collective early childhood educators voice need to be leveraged? Arguments for policy change regarding high-quality early education and care are regularly being made and have been for years now. As bi-partisan support for programs supporting the development of children ages 0-5, the more important it is for us to establish “early childhood educators as a profession.” However, the advocates defining quality, what it means to be an early educator, appropriate wages and the many other things that need to be thought about in policy for early childhood education, haven’t always been the people in field. The people being directly impacted by the policy change.
So, coming together as a collective community and saying – this is us. Saying, this is what the early childhood educators are; this is what we need, this is what we do, this is the impact we make and this is how we make it. Is an essential component of moving forward with effective and efficient policy change for the field.
This is the opportunity the Power to the Profession initiative is giving the field. There are key stakeholders and experts in committees and meetings driving all of this, but they aren’t doing it in a vacuum. They have been asking for opinions, thoughts and feelings from the field at large. Don’t miss out on your chance to contribute your voice to this dialogue.