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Speaking Up and Speaking Out: The Director as Advocate for the Early Childhood Workforce

As a field we have several decades of accumulated research about the early childhood workforce. A reoccurring theme across studies is that early childhood practitioners are not compensated as well as workers with similar qualifications in other occupations. Meager benefits, poor working conditions, low professional standards, and limited support for professional development are some of the additional challenges […]

Improving Your Program with Pedagogical Leadership

Despite the shaky economic times we are living in, the early childhood field is finally being taken seriously and it feels like a significant shift is underway. I’m excited about all the opportunities before us, yet a bit uneasy at the same time. The position promoted by some seems to be that implementing more standards and quality rating systems is all that is […]

Creating Engaging Environments for School-Agers

Why Don’t They Enjoy Their Centers? CREATING ENGAGING ENVIRONMENTS FOR SCHOOL-AGERS If you attended the 26th Annual “Practical Ideas for the Child’s World” conference workshop session titled “Why Don’t They Enjoy Their Centers? Creating Engaging Environments for School-Agers,” you had the opportunity to network with other teachers and learn about how the School-Age Care Environment […]

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