A New Draft and the Next Step to Advance the Profession

February 1, 2019

The Power to the Profession Task Force, of which DEC is a member, seeks input from you!


If you have responded to previous drafts, thank you! If you are not yet aware of this important work, now is the time to join the effort. 


If you have colleagues that are unaware, please share this critical information. 


We will need a unified, informed early childhood voice as we move forward. Your advocacy ultimately benefits young children and their families! 


Your voice. Your profession. 


Now is our time to take the next step to advance the early childhood education profession. 


Join the movement 

Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to advance a more unified and compensated early childhood education profession that can effectively serve children birth through age 8 across all settings. The Power to the Profession Task Force intentionally raised issues that has grappled the field for years and sought your input.


The goal of elevating these conversations is to create a more cohesive profession that can drive public investments, including in compensation.


This next set of draft recommendations, known as Decision Cycles 345+6 Discussion Draft 2, is the result of the careful deliberation on some critical questions. This draft lays out a bold vision for the future of the profession and offers a unifying pathway to there. Recommendations are focused on differentiating pathways, preparation, and compensation.


Your expertise is needed!


Step 1—Read the draft. We have also developed an executive summary, and overview of content revisions from draft 1, and a slide presentation. Click here for additional resources.


Step 2—Share the draft with others. We need as many voices as possible to inform the Task Force recommendations.


Step 3—Tell us what you think. Complete the survey to share your thoughts.


Thank you for sharing your time, expertise, and thoughtful feedback as we work together to advance a unified early childhood education profession.

Educadores hispanohablantes


Educadores hispanohablantes: sus experiencias, perspectivas y opiniones son necesarias para avanzar esta iniciativa. Por favor, tome un momento para explorar nuestra página en español sobre Power to the Profession (Revalorizar la profesión). Lea los documentos, compártalos con sus colegas, y luego mándenos sus relecciones vía correo electrónico a P2P@naeyc.org.


Guarde la fecha para un taller virtual (webinar) en español donde hablaremos a fondo sobre Power to the Profession, las recomendaciones que se están haciendo y como puede involucrarse e informar este proceso:


jueves, 7 de febrero

6:30 – 7:30 pm (ET)




The National Power to the Profession Task Force

Power to the Profession 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.


Learn more about the National Organizations participating in this collaboration.


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