What are Decision Cycles?

Decision Cycles are the framework NAEYC developed to structure its Power to the Profession initiative.

From the NAEYC website: All the components of the framework for a unified profession are interconnected and dependent on one another. In order to manage this complexity, we are structuring the initiative into a series of coordinated, iterative and strategic decision cycles. These cycles are designed to be predictable and intentionally sequenced to build on one another in order to lead to a unified framework.

The goal of using cycles to approach this conversation is to be able to focus on one aspect of the unified framework at a time without losing its connection to the whole. The outcome of each cycle will be a defining document for each element of the unified framework. However, each document has the possibility to be revisited at a later cycle as new insights and connections are revealed.

Click here to learn more about NAEYC’s Decision Cycles.

Here in Vermont, we’re using NAEYC’s Decision Cycles framework to guide our initiative. These Decision Cycles are:
Decision Cycle 1: Professional Identity and Boundary
Decision Cycle 2: General Competencies
Decision Cycles 3, 4, 5 and 6: Preparation, Pathways and Compensation
Decision Cycles 7 and 8: Accountability, Quality Assurance, Required Support and Infrastructure