Professional Resource

Statement on Power to the Profession’s Decision Cycle 3-4-5

Apr 24, 2018

The following statement may be attributed to Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE:

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Now is the time to make your voice heard and be part of an unprecedented opportunity to ensure all early childhood education professionals have the knowledge to support each and every young child in reaching their full potential.

“The Power to the Profession task force is a collaborative initiative led by 15 national organizations, including ZERO TO THREE. Together, we are working to define the early childhood education profession by establishing a unifying framework to ensure all young children have access to high-quality learning experiences. This framework includes career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation.

Working through a complex set of issues and reaching consensus often entails striking a balance between articulating a broad vision and establishing a pathway to achieve the art of what’s possible. Power to the Profession’s Decision Cycle 3-4-5 is a draft. No official decisions for this cycle have been made yet. By design, the process developed by the task force for reviewing and refining each decision cycle invites and encourages feedback from all stakeholders in the field.

It is our hope that the discussions and debates that ensue are respectful and understanding of all perspectives. At the root of quality early childhood education is caring and responsive relationships. As we continue this critical work, let’s unite by embracing and modeling this fundamental skill required of every early childhood education professional.

Your expertise and perspective are valued. To continue this critical dialogue, we invite you to provide your feedback through the survey on this decision cycle draft. This survey will be open through April 30. Now is the time to make your voice heard and be part of an unprecedented opportunity to ensure all early childhood education professionals have the knowledge and will to support each and every young child, from birth through age 8, in reaching their full potential.”