The Early Childhood Profession We All Want: Creating the System We Need

Date: Thursday July 16, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom
Speakers: Rhian Evans Allvin, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Deb Flis, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Stacie Goffin, Consultant
Albert Wat, National Governors Association

Increasing pressure is being placed on early childhood education programs to provide consistently high quality early learning experiences while at the same time the value of our contribution to children's learning and development too often is undervalued. Structuring early childhood education as a professional field of practice is gaining momentum as a systemic solution. It offers a way for unifying the field around common purpose, addressing the field's uneven performance, and bringing increased recognition to the field's practitioners. What will be required for early childhood education to be recognized as a profession? What hard choices need to be addressed to achieve professional status and assure a professional workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the children we are serving? What core values are essential to early childhood education's identity as a profession? What role can and should state QRIS play to achieve these aspirations?

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