No Easy Feat: Guiding Change in Early Childhood Education

November 29, 2018

Published by CounciLINK on November 29, 2018

Guiding-ChangeToday’s leaders are abuzz with conversation about “professionalizing” and “defining” the field of early childhood education: What roles constitute the field? Who is in and who is out? What do staff in various roles need to know and be able to do? This is good news, and a clear signal that conversations about change are accelerating in directions that the field’s leaders have long sought.

While we are engaged and encouraged by all the buzz, we realize that the field has started down these pathways of change many times before. Any change effort inevitably will surface the field’s deep issues, challenge our values, generate disruption, and spawn gigantic misunderstandings. This is why in 2015 we wrote The New Early Childhood Professional as a four-path framework for change that could better equip all of us to be more strategic leaders (see Figure 1.1).

But professionalizing the field is a complex challenge complicated by the field’s lack of clarity about its purpose, identity and responsibilities.

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