Early childhood education (ECE) exists within a complex ecosystem. Our economy relies on early childhood education so that children of working parents receive capable care while their parents work. When children enter public or private school systems, those systems benefit from the social, emotional, and pre-academic skills children develop in early childhood education settings.
Beyond that, ECE functions within a larger system with multiple sectors. Our work to advance includes engaging with each piece of the ecosystem to build a “unified, coherent, accountable, and well-resourced system that supports the effectiveness of early childhood educators.”
This phrase, and the graphic on this page, come from the Power to the Profession (P2P) initiative’s Decision Cycles 7 & 8.
Here in Vermont, our workforce-led initiative is engaging with:
- program directors and owners
- higher education and preparation programs
- child advocacy organizations
- state agencies and legislators
- organizations and agencies doing complementary work
and others to explore the systemic changes needed to build a “unified, coherent, accountable, and well-resourced system that supports the effectiveness of early childhood educators” (P2P) and to inform and support our partners’ policy agendas (Let’s Grow Kids)
Watch our video “Building a Bridge to the Future” (5:34) to learn more about the Vermont Task Force’s commitment to this work.