What about compensation? And unintended consequences? I’m worried that professionalizing will make demands of an ECE workforce already stretched to the limit.

A consensus-based, workforce-led process like does not result in a set of top-down mandates. Members of the workforce know what we need for this to succeed. 

NAEYC released a series of Implementation Commitments as the national Power to the Profession framework begins to shift toward implementation. They’re in the overview here, but it’s worth posting them all here:

  • We will not advocate for increased educational requirements without advocating for funding to provide requisite supports and attendant compensation;
  •  We will not advocate for new regulations without advocating for funding and time to implement the regulations;
  •  We will not advocate for policies that disproportionately and negatively impact educators from communities of color;
  •  We will advocate for policies that mitigate unintended consequences and create meaningful pathways for advancement; and
  •  We will advocate to establish and implement timelines that recognize the challenges faced by the existing workforce to realistically meet new regulations and requirements. 
  •  We will advocate for implementation plans and timelines that recognize the particular challenges that family child care and other community-based providers face so as not to contribute to or worsen their widespread decline.