Power to the Profession (P2P) is a national collaboration that in 2020 established a Unifying Framework of recommendations on educator roles and responsibilities, aligned preparation and pathways, professional compensation, and a supportive infrastructure with shared accountability.

Advancing as a Profession is Vermont’s workforce-led initiative in this collaboration effort. Our goal is to create a unified workforce with clearly defined roles, sensible pathways to enter and grow within the profession, and professional level wages and benefits, all within a supportive state infrastructure.

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Before we launched the initiative to advance, the Vermont workforce provided recommendations to guide this process. While we evolve from a fragmented workforce into a unified profession, we know our success depends on our commitment to these guiding principles.

Where We Are Going: P2P Audacious Vision for the Profession of Tomorrow

The Unifying Framework offers a bold vision for a future structure for the early childhood education profession in which:

  • Every child (0-8) across all settings, is supported by early childhood educators with recognized early childhood degrees and credentials;
  • Early childhood educators at all professional designations (Early Childhood Educator I, II, and III) are valued, respected, and well-compensated for the important roles they play;
  • Educators with lead responsibilities across settings and age bands are prepared at the ECE III designation (earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education), at a minimum;
  • Anyone who wants to become an early childhood educator, at any designation, has equitable access to affordable, high-quality professional preparation and development that supports them in developing the agreed-upon set of knowledge, skills, and competencies for any setting; and
  • Early childhood educators at all designations are compensated in accordance with the complex and demanding work they perform, as part of a system that recognizes the cost of quality and finances early childhood education as the public good that it is.