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The current reality of early childhood education is a system that is fragmented, inconsistent, and under-resourced.
There are not enough openings in high-quality programs to meet the number of children who need care, and high quality programs cost a lot to operate.
Even so, early childhood educators, on average, make very little. Providers can’t afford to make less, and families can’t afford to pay more.
In addition, childcare access magnifies inequality. The poorest families are the least likely to be able to get their children into high-quality programs.
Over the past year, VTAEYC has begun building the conversation and momentum toward a different future: a cohesive, high quality, appropriately-resourced early childhood education system for all of Vermont’s young children and their families.
About this initiative
VTAEYC is now in Chapter Two of our workforce-led initiative to Advance Early Childhood Education as a Recognized Profession.
In 2018-2019, VTAEYC launched a workforce engagement project (Chapter One), engaging early childhood educators across the state to ask:
What is the will to advance as a recognized profession?
Overwhelming support to advance from workforce members engaged in Chapter One prompted VTAEYC to open Chapter Two of this initiative and continue the work to advance as a profession.
At the national level, NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative is “a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework.”
The Unifying Framework is a set of national recommendations in four key areas:
- A clearly defined profession, with distinct roles and responsibilities
- Aligned professional preparation, pathways and licensure
- Professional compensation
- Supportive infrastructure and shared accountability
As a state affiliate, VTAEYC’s initiative determines to what extent Vermont’s workforce wishes to align with the recommendations in the Unifying Framework. We can provide valuable feedback to the national level while taking steps to eliminate fragmentation, grow cohesive, and advance as a profession in Vermont.
“Working to advance as a fully-recognized, cohesive profession allows us to design a most comprehensive blueprint for our future. I imagine there will be many small steps to take as we advance, and having clearly defined goals and a structure will support consistent and positive forward movement.”
—Teacher, Home-Based Program