NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children
“All children deserve a solid foundation of quality education that will inspire them to grow academically, cognitively, physically, creatively and social-emotionally”…
MY Vision- ABSTRACT:
The future of education begins in preschool. Preschool provides children with a strong foundation in education that builds their esteem while providing them with the skills they will need and use throughout their education and life. Preschool is about play and play is work for children. While playing, children are not just manipulating toys, they are learning to share, learning math, learning science, learning social skills and so much more. Preschool is full of art and art is LIFE. Every child despite race, socio economic background, special needs and religion deserve a high qaulity education in an accredited setting in which they will not only grow physically but cognitively, socially, creatively and academically. NAEYC can help make this vision come alive. Let’s see how they can help. First we have to learn what NAEYC is all about….
NAEYC’s mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources (NAEYC Bylaws, Article I., Section 1.1).
NAEYC expresses its mission in terms of three broad goals:
Improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.
Supporting early childhood programs by working to achieve a high-quality system of early childhood education.
Building a high-performing, inclusive organization of groups and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children, or better known as NAEYC, is the largest organization in the world working on the young child’s behalf. NAEYC focus is on early childhood education from birth through the age of eight. NAEYC has a great mission to serve all children while acting on their well being and behalf with a main focus being on educational as well as developmental resources within a provision. NAEYC was founded in 1926 when teachers and educators began organizing preschools for young children. NAEYC has always served young children from 0 to 8 since the very beginning. National Association for the Education of Young Children focuses on improving the quality and standards of early childhood programs while also enhancing staff development. NAEYC aims at excellence in all areas of early childhood education (McDonald 2009).
Before it was NAEYC it was called NANE or National Association of Nursery Education. It started out with 25 people. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, the members of NANE were highly active in the development and integration of nursery school programs and early childhood education settings. It was a small group of people who volunteered and this kept the association up and running. Once they agreed to have all members join the association membership skyrocketed and increased over five times to 5000 members and they became the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This happened in 1964 which was the same year that the Head Start Program was federally launched which also focused the publics attention on preschool education. Throughout the history of this organization that has become the first major transformation other great transformation. In the early 1980’s the public had a great concern with many subjects like safety and ensuring
the quality of all of the educational programs that were out there and available for young children. This made NAEYC form a volunteer accreditation program for ECE. By 1990 NAEYC had 90,000 members, which doubled from 1985 having only 45,000 members. Also in the eighties, NAEYC started writing position statements on a variety of topics in early childhood education. From there NAEYC began quarterly publications and annual meetings.
Mission / Vision of NAEYC
NAEYC is successfully serving all communities around our country to better the lives of young children and provide them with quality educational programs that will be beneficial to their growth and development. NAEYC has goals set that benefit the children and focus on the betterment of professionals which in turn is focused on the children. It is said that better teachers grow better students. One pertinent mission of NAEYC is to build a high-performing, inclusive organization of groups or teams and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children. The vision of NAEYC is that all children have the ability to have a high quality education from and early childhood program that includes a developmentally appropriate curriculum to suit the child’s needs and also to have staff that is educated and comprehensive in the early childhood education field.
NAEYC is also successful at serving employees in the field, teachers, parents and students alike. NAEYC provides useful information about early childhood education that helps parents make decisions that involve their young children. For teachers, NAEYC provides up to date information on best practices for teaching young children. Employees in the field are being served by NAEYC with
routine visits at their locations from the association. These routine visits from NAEYC guide and introduce employees to systems that will better enhance the learning experiences for the young children in the program. By achieving all of this, NAEYC is promoting a positive atmosphere for the community as a whole where everyone can benefit from, especially young children- their focus.
Literature Review of the Pertinent Trends, Research and Historical Events
There are trends set by NAEYC in order to continue providing a quality educational experience for young children . These trends include curriculum, assessment and program evaluations. An inspiring trend would be the screening and assessments of young English language learners. This trend is aimed at young children and their families whose native language is other than English, to provide tools that will motivate the children to thrive in a typical preschool environment (Mitchell 2008).
There is ongoing research made by NAEYC. The research is focused on encountering ways to better the organization in general especially the quality of care that the young children are provided with. School readiness, mathematics for preschool children, literacy advancement, media violence and professional development are only some of the topics that research is continually being conducted by NAEYC. The research topics are imperative with goals suited to enhance the experience of the children to the highest extent with great quality .
Back in April of 2013, President Obama made a historical early childhood investment announcement that pertains to the budget for the fiscal year. Over the next ten years, there will be 75 billion dollars that will be funded by a federal-state funding partnership with the federal amount being generated by a new cigarette tax. This great news means that more children will receive grants to cover the cost of their preschool education with money that will come from the extra taxes that will be placed on cigarettes. Also announced was the preschool development grant in the sum of 750 million dollars. This will be available to all states that are not offering high quality preschool education yet but are willing to make a serious commitment to do so in the near future (2008). There is also a proposed
budget in the sum of 20 million for special educational services. These announcements from the president are historical and are focused on bettering as well as building a quality early childhood educational system that services all children in our community and surrounding communities. This type of announcement supports my vision that early childhood services be readily made available to all
children and families despite economic background.
Futuring Techniques for My Vision
Futuring is the practice of thinking about what see for the future not just on a personal level but on a level that extends out to the universe (Houle 2009). There are some people who do not think about the future and some people also think about their own personal future, like what they want to accomplish for their own selves and family. A futurist is a person who acts as a catalyst that gets people to start thinking about the future on the different levels (Houle 2009).
Futuring is an important tool and can benefit educational organizations because it leads to strategic planning. In order to better educational organizations, there should be plans in place to do so. Futuring is a great exercise because it not only plans for the immediate future on a personal level requires concise planning on much higher levels (Houle 2009). This tool can help my visualization process on defining techniques that would be most beneficial for making preschool not only a quality experience but one that builds a strong and solid foundation for the entire course of a child’s education.
Futuring plans with a purpose. I will use futuring as a guide to stay on track with the latest trends in early childhood education and look into these trends with more depth to see how they can be strengthened. With futuring, we look into the big picture, not only what is going to happen tomorrow but what is to come in the long run that is going to improve educational organizations. Technology is becoming a huge part of education and therefore will be a major subject in the topic of futuring because
it is changing the way we think and learn. Futuring is important because all educators need to learn how to incorporate technology and all of its advances to fully benefit the students they teach and to be better prepared for the many tomorrows that all students and teachers face.
When many possibilities to a certain situation are thought about it is called scenarios. Scenarios are usually imagined and elaborated. When a person dwells on a scenario it can have a profound outlook on about what can likely happen. I will use scenarios in my vision to prepare for any unique situation that can arrive concerning the preschool experience as a solid foundation.
One pro of scenarios is to be prepared and ready for things that can change and happen to people and situations and to be prepared for the worst or most challenging but not expect it to happen. Certain scenarios give us a different outlook and offers insight on how to deal with situations that may arise. At all times I wish to be prepared and focused on finding the best ways in which a quality preschool experience is delivered. Another pro of scenarios is that people can become more aware of the things around them causing them to react positively (Clardy 2011). Being proactive in the field of early childhood education is critical. If people think about an outcome of any given situation, one that will benefit them, then it is a positive thing. It can be a chain reaction from which people can become more responsive and alert.
Scanning is another tool that can be used to help strengthen educational organizations to become more reliable, adaptable and successful. spacing Scanning has a focus on gathering information based on the classification system known as “Social, Technological, Ecological, Environmental, and Political (STEEP)” (Orndoff, 2002, 17). Collecting information based on STEEP system is subject to
change. Being so may pose a challenge to educators and researchers because the data collected using the STEEP system is always moving forward and constantly changing due to a variety of unexpected circumstances that are able to affect each of the different domains.
My Vision for 2017
NAEYC has been providing quality educational programs, research, trainings, publications and so forth in the field of early childhood for more than half a century. Although NAEYC has evolved over the years I have a vision that by the year 2017, NAEYC accredited early childhood educational programs, mainly preschools, will be available for all children in all low income communities, to attend. This would be of course at no charge (McDonald 2009). The grants proposed by President Obama can benefit children in low income communities that do not have the chance to attend preschool because of the high cost many times. These children would be able to attend a high quality educational setting with trained professionals who are dedicated to early childhood education. With a program being accredited by NAEYC, quality, professionalism and safety is ensured (2009). This is what all young children deserve. Unfortunately, many times minority children and children living in low income communities do not have a chance at this level of education and care (Mitchell 2008).
In 2017, NAEYC will be accrediting more preschools than years before because the organization will work with all schools around the nation to train staff in all areas of early childhood educational care from safety to academics. NAEYC will make more frequent visits to inspect the areas and classrooms in which the young children will be learning and make all necessary changes as well as have staff aware of what needs to be better in order to fit under NAEYC credentials. In 2017, NAEYC will have more localized training programs available for teachers and trainers and biannual conferences and workshops that will develop new skills and advance instilled skills that focuses on the positive outcome of the child’s early childhood preschool experience. NAEYC,in 2017, will also have
workshops available for parents with the focus being on why early child education is imperative for their child. My vision focuses on the importance of a high quality preschool education because that is the foundation of all education to come. The earlier we prepare our children and with the best means we use create a solidity for a child to rely on.
In 2017, NAEYC will be as predicted because its focus is on enhancing the early childhood education system (McDonald 2009). First and foremost, NAEYC is for the children but also there is a solid foundation of providing teachers and educators in the field with workshops that will give them the tools necessary to enhance their skills and rearrange their environment to meet high quality standards. NAEYC is also about diversity and inclusion. By 2017, there will be more preschool aged children getting an education and this means that they will be more diverse classroom environments that are going to need to include all children especially those that have identified special needs.
With any vision, there are challenges. Challenges arise from noncooperation, non collaboration as well as different views.. With my vision the challenges that might be faced can be insufficient funding, time consuming methods of change, not enough qualified teachers, schools not making a change for the better to become accredited by NAEYC and program unavailability to low income families.
As with challenges there are far more opportunities with any vision. My vision for 2017 has endless possibilities for the betterment of early childhood education programs with NAEYC being the foundation of it all. Some opportunities may be all children regardless of race and income can receive a genuine preschool education at very little to no cost and by teachers who are qualified in early
becoming involved in a child’s education by attending meeting and workshops led by qualified individuals. Another great opportunity for my vision would be that NAEYC would be in the field more promoting and teaching at the centers which would be beneficial because it is the environment the child is learning in. A great opportunity for my vision in 2017 would be that NAEYC helps veteran teachers relearn skills and adapt new ones that are standardized and up to date to enhance a child’s learning experience. After all, preschool is the foundation of all education. It is imperative that children receive a quality education that is accredited by an organization that was built on the philosophy with children being the main focus (Mitchell 2008).
If NAEYC is unable to transform into an organization that will be able to provide free services and accredit more preschools than there will still be many children who will bot get a chance to attend preschool. As for the children that already attend preschool, if NAEYC is unable to transform then they may be in unsafe environments being taught by under qualified professionals whose primary focus may be other than young children. This will have a negative effect on the school by most importantly the
child. By NAEYC accrediting schools they are ensuring that it is a safe learning environment that stimulates and enhances growth and positive learning with qualified teachers.
Five Ways for NAEYC
There are many ways that NAEYC can prepare for changes like the ones in my vision. NAEYC can provide workshops for schools that are looking to improve and become accredited. NAEYC can also rally for funds and provide them to needy schools in the poorest parts of the nation. NAEYC can provide free classes for parents teaching them about the importance of an early childhood education. NAEYC can frequent the accredited schools to develop a support system to the community and reach out to schools that are in dire need of help. NAEYC can also provide tool kits for educators and schools
to show what a NAEYC accredited preschool looks like, does, and to answer the 5 W’s. NAEYC can prepare by continue keeping up with pertinent research involving young children and education. They can use this research to inform others on changes that can and should be made.
Call to Action
To start down the path to my vision 2017, NAEYC can start by visiting preschools all over the nation especially the ones that are not yet accredited. By visiting all schools, NAEYC can see first hand what goes on inside the actual learning environment of these young children and right at that point share their comments and concerns with the teachers and directors. If the program is already accredited, NAEYC can state the things that need to be changed or improved in order to maintain accreditation. If the school that NAEYC is visiting is not yet accredited, NAEYC can make a plan of action and call for a meeting so all teachers and staff can meet to talk about future goals and the improvement of the overall program in every area.
In conclusion, my vision for 2017 is one that provides a quality learning experience to all
children especially to those in need. Every child deserves to learn and develop in a strong positive environment and NAEYC can help improve early childhood education by giving and gaining financial support and also by providing staff and parents with up to date information pertaining to the ever changing field of early childhood education.
In 2017, I propose my vision to come true. To see children in an aesthetic nurturing environment with teachers who put the child’s needs first and give them a strong and solid foundation in which the rest of their education is built will be a great success for all. After all, the children are our future. In 2017, they will be better taken care of emotionally, physically and academically and this can be done with the help of NAEYC.
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*Vision 2017 Paper Content and Slides can be found at: