The short and blunt answer is that early care is currently a fragmented field. What do we call ourselves? What do we provide? What education and training is required? How are we viewed within our communities? Fragmentation results in inequitable early care experiences for kids and, as a field, makes it difficult to make the case for public investment.
On the other hand: cohesion brings improved relationships with children, families, and communities; greater equity among children’s experiences and among ECE providers; and better public understanding of and valuing of ECE.