DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 25th

Your Voice is Needed to Help Shape the Future of the Early Childhood Field!

The early childhood field needs your input on the latest component – Decision Cycle7+8: Accountability, Infrastructure, and Resources for the Entire System - of the national Power to the Profession (P2P) effort!

As you may know, P2P 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. This work has the potential to transform the future of early care and education. The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is part of this group, and we want to make sure as many of our members and family child care (FCC) providers have the opportunity to help shape its outcome. Once this window for input has closed, we will return and seek additional input to inform our deliberations on the final unifying framework that will provide the foundation for future work. You can still make a difference.

The window for providing input on the most recent work of the P2P Task Force is open until September 25. On this page, we have prepared some background information to help you use your outside voices and be heard. The decision cycle currently open for input focuses on the infrastructure necessary to support ECE professionals.

What can you do?

  • Get informed: Read the latest Decision Cycle document carefully, thinking about the infrastructure that you currently have that supports your work.

o   Can you see yourself and your work in the framework being proposed? If you can, let the task force know. If you can’t, let us know what gets in the way.

  • Get inspired: Review our summary below (ADD A JUMP LINK TO THAT PART OF PAGE) with potential considerations specific to FCC.
  • Get going: Respond to the P2P online survey here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RWDXX5Q) or send written comments to p2p@naeyc.org by the 25th to provide your input to the Task Force AND watch your email in-box for additional opportunities to provide input to NAFCC as we represent you in the P2P final deliberations.

What is the Goal of P2P?

  • Create a Unifying Framework of the early childhood education profession that defines professional preparation, responsibilities, scope of practice, specialization, and compensation to drive public policy, additional and equitable distribution of funding, and systems change across all early learning settings and sectors.

What Organizations are Part of the Task Force?

1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
2. American Federation of Teachers
3. Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators
4. Child Care Aware of America
5. Council for Professional Recognition
6. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
7. Early Care and Education Consortium
8. National Association for Family Child Care
9. National Association for the Education of  Young Children
10. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
11. National Association of Elementary School Principals
12. National Education Association
13. National Head Start Association
14. Service Employees International Union
15. ZERO TO THREE 

What Are the Key Framework Decisions?

Power to the Profession (P2P) is making recommendations that address the future of the early childhood field and our:

  1. Distinct Profession, Name, and Role in Society
  2. Knowledge and Skills
  3. Required Preparation and Qualifications
  4. Professional Specializations
  5. Professional Responsibilities
  6. Compensation
  7. Accountability
  8. Infrastructure and Resources

More information about all the Cycles may be found here.

What is the P2P 7+8 Decision Cycle about?

The draft Decision Cycle 7+8  has a long-term vision for building and infrastructure of supports and needed resources so that members of the profession can reach the standards and qualifications defined in 3 4 5 +6 are attainable. The Task Force statement says:

“As a profession, early childhood educators welcome increased, clear, and consistent accountability that is aligned with our definitions of professional competencies and which results in increased compensation.

We understand that we can only expect the significant, sustained increases in public finances needed to move the profession forward if we are willing to be accountable for their effective use.

At the same time, we also understand that we can only be held accountable if we have necessary and sufficient supports, resources, and infrastructure.”

What are the Key Recommendations and Considerations for FCC?

The following are the Key Recommendations of 7+8 and some potential considerations for you to consider as you provide feedback on the Online Survey or send written comments to P2P and to NAFCC:

1. All early childhood educators will hold a license to practice and will be funded and supported by professional preparation programs, employers, professional governance, states, and the federal government in order to obtain the license. Licensure pathways are accessible, affordable, efficient, and high quality.

Potential FCC Considerations:

  • How will this vision become reality in states that don’t currently require licensure for FCC until a certain number of children are in care? Or at all?
  • What are the supports that work best for someone to become a FCC provider and successful business?

2. Professional preparation programs and employers will be held accountable for supporting the early childhood education profession, as public funding is increased to allow them to meet these expectations.

Potential FCC Considerations:

  • What are critical topics for FCC preparation programs? What topics should be part of the first level education requirements for an entry license?
  • How can professional preparation programs be designed best to support success of FCC providers? Are the supports sufficient in your state or community?
  • Many FCC providers are self-employed. How can the idea of employers holding professionals accountable work for FCC?
  • If you employ others within your FCC, is there infrastructure you would need in order to be held accountable for supporting the ECE profession?

3. Create a clearly delineated governance structure that supports both professional autonomy and self-governance as well as federal and state government funding, legislation, and regulations.

  1. Create an initial Professional Governance Body (PGB) hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that will immediately support the implementation of the P2P recommendations and advance the long-term sustainability of the profession.

Potential FCC Considerations:

  • How would you envision FCC having a voice in the governance structure at the national and state levels?
  • Are FCC voices involved in policy decisions in your state or community? How does that work best? 

Please take a moment to respond to the Power to the Profession online survey here or send comments to p2p@naeyc.org by September 25th!