Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Roles and Compensation | Policy [M]atters, Episode 8

by Stacie Goffin and Teri Talan

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here.

Thank you for joining us for Policy Matters: Episode 8.

Stacie and Teri conclude this series by discussing the various critical roles in the field of early childhood education, how compensation matters, and what it will take to truly professionalize the field.

The chat begins with Teri reflecting on where higher education faculty fit within NAEYC ‘s Power to the Profession initiative. Is a member of the ECE faculty, such as herself, a part of the profession?  Or is she an allied professional?  Stacie clearly states why it is important to create boundaries for the professional role of an Early Childhood Educator.  The discussion ends with a consideration of compensation policy.

What questions or comments do you have for  Stacie and Teri?  Share them in the comments section below.

Dr. Teri Talan is the Michael W. Louis Chair at the McCormick Center and Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University. She is co-author of the Program Administration Scale, Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care, Escala de Evaluación de la Administración de Negocios, and Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois.

A recognized leader and author in early childhood education, Stacie Goffin has led change initiatives spanning higher education, local, state, and national organizations; organizational development; and advocacy, resulting in change for systems, policy, and practice. Stacie is a member of the McCormick Center’s Advisory Board and is a frequent presenter at the McCormick Center’s Leadership Connections national conference.
Stacie has authored several books, including: Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era, Early Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession,and Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education, which was co-authored Valora Washington.