Your expertise and feedback matter!

Thank you for joining Power to the Profession in its collaborative effort to define the early childhood education profession. We understand that surveys provide only one possible way to respond to the draft recommendations from the Task Force. You are invited to share your questions and reflections by emailing p2p@naeyc.org or sign up for virtual office hours.

The Power to the Profession Task Force eagerly and enthusiastically seeks your input and feedback. This survey covers questions related to Decision Cycles 3, 4, and 5 and the Task Force vision for the qualifications, specializations, and pathways for the future early childhood education profession. It is strongly recommended that you read the Decision Cycle 3, 4, and 5 draft (pages 2-29) and reflect on the key points (pages 40-43) made in the draft before completing this survey. Having the document available while going through the survey will also be helpful.

The Task Force recommendations are intended to change the fragmented and complex early childhood field as it is today into a clear and coherent profession. Throughout this transformative process, exemption policies, pathways, and timeframes will be created to honor the existing workforce and serve as a bridge from the present to the future.

The recommendations in Decision Cycles 3, 4, and 5 (DC345) are in response to four essential questions about the early childhood educator profession:  
  1. How should the designations within the profession be structured?
  2. What preparation programs should be endorsed and supported to prepare early childhood educators?
  3. Given the duration of the primary professional preparation programs and the depth and breadth of the professional standards and competencies, what distinguishes preparation programs and their graduates?
  4. Should the early childhood education profession have specializations? If so, how should specializations within the profession be structured?
The Power to the Profession Task Force acknowledges that these recommendations will not be put into place quickly or easily. It will be important to balance the realities of the current early childhood field while working toward this vision for the future. 

In the meantime, we will not advocate for increased educational requirements without advocating for funding to provide requisite supports and attendant compensation. We will not advocate for new regulations without advocating for funding to implement them. We will not advocate for policies that disproportionately and negatively impact educators from communities of color and we will advocate for policies that mitigate unintended consequences and create meaningful pathways for advancement.

The Power to the Profession Task Force will incorporate your feedback in making changes to future drafts of these recommendations. We invite you to contribute your thoughts, suggestions, input, and feedback as we grapple with how to move the current realities of the early childhood field to our vision for a unified early childhood education profession.

This survey will be open until April 30, 2018.