Becoming a Professional
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Compare and contrast two professional organizations available as an early childhood professional and explain how joining organizations such as these enhance your ability as an early childhood professional (e.g., NAEYC, National Head Start Association, etc.). For a comprehensive list of ideas please refer to the weekly guidance.
Explain the professional standards that are relevant to your future career path (i.e., national, state, or local standards, child care licensing requirements, etc.).
Defend the importance of upholding each of the below key elements of Standard 6 in the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation. Be sure to support this portion of your discussion with information from your text and the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation.
6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field.
6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other professional guidelines.
6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
6d: Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
Justify how by upholding and promoting professional standards and practices, early childhood leaders can have a positive impact on the research that “poor quality, ineffective teaching inhibits children’s ability to reach their full potential” (Bredekamp, 2017, p. 534). Provide at least three examples to support your justification.
Create or locate an inspirational quote that embodies what it means to be an early childhood professional. Be sure to properly cite who the author of the quote is.
I have attached the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation below. Thank you!