WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) have been awarded a contract from the Early Educator Investment Collaborative to conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of a National Early Childhood Educator Lead Teacher Certification.
The goal of the certification would be to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs led by early childhood educators who teach to the highest standards and are well prepared,supported and compensated. It is important to sustain the diversity of the ECE workforce and enable practitioners’ voices to play a vital role in the certification process.
With nearly five million people employed in ECE professions in the United States,1 there is an enormous potential impact of establishing a national certification program. The grant will provide the Council and the National Board the opportunity to leverage their collective expertise as the leading national teacher-credentialing agencies.
“The Collaborative has come together as funders to help advance the highest standards of educator quality—and make them possible through equitable access to preparation, ongoing professional learning and compensation that reflects our educators’ transformational value,” said Sara Vecchiotti and Rebecca Gomez, Co-Chairs of the Early Educator Investment Collaborative. “The Council and the National Board are uniquely positioned to conduct this initiative due to their expertise in competency-based certifications and their commitment to excellence in supporting ECE.”
“National standards and strong career pathways are essential elements of the movement to professionalize the field,” said Council CEO Valora Washington, Ph.D. “We are delighted to partner with NBPTS to explore a potentially game-changing certification for our early childhood workforce.” As a part of the feasibility study, the organizations will engage a range of practitioners in the field and build on existing national ECE initiatives.For example, the Council’s work with Power to the Profession—a national collaboration led by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—will serve as a key resource for the study.
“The youngest learners in our country deserve to be taught by the highest quality educators. We believe this work, in partnership with the Council, can elevate the early childhood educator profession by strengthening the trajectory from preparation to high standards of accomplished practice, said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
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