McCormick Center partners with NAEYC, 29 other organizations for Power to the Profession

by Teri Talan, Senior Policy Advisor

Note: Read Teri Talan’s reflection on how early childhood leaders fit into NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative. 

NAEYC is leading an important new initiative, Power to the Profession. P2P 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. You can learn more about this work at:

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is one of 30 national organizations participating in the stakeholder group informing this initiative and helping to promote a national dialogue. There will be a series of decision-making cycles in which answers to critical questions will be disseminated to members of the early childhood education field for feedback and consideration.

The first decision cycle tackles the thorny issues of identity and professional boundaries. Here are the three questions posed:

  1. What should the profession be named?
  2. What are the distinguishing features/boundaries of the profession? (Who is in the profession and who is not in the profession but plays an allied and supporting role?)
  3. What are the roles and responsibilities of the profession?

Your voice is needed! Please read the first draft of the answers to these three critical questions. Provide your comments and feedback by completing NAEYC’s survey no later than March 13th. Share the survey link with your colleagues and help shape the profession.