Using Early Childhood Personnel Standards to Guide Professional Practice
Mary Beth Bruder, Early Childhood Personnel Center
Mary Harrill, NAEYC
Peggy Kemp, Division for Early Childhood
Vicki Stayton, Early Childhood Personnel Center
Session Description: Personnel standards define the pedagogy of a profession. In early intervention and early childhood special education (ECSE), personnel standards are currently defined by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), as informed by specialty sets of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are also used within blended early childhood education (ECE)/ECSE programs. All three organizations are currently either developing or revising their personnel standards to incorporate new service delivery models and new evidence to guide professional practice. This session will provide an overview of Power to the Profession, which is a national collaboration to define the early childhood educator profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways; knowledge; and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. The overview will focus on how personnel in early intervention and ECSE fit into the framework, and how DEC is working in collaboration with the Early Childhood Personnel Center to develop personnel standards for professionals working with infants and young children with disabilities and their families. Presenters will also discuss how State systems Salon 1–2 Part C/619 2019 OSEP Leadership Conference Conference Program—3 can use the new DEC personnel standards, the NAEYC standards, and other discipline-specific standards and competencies within State comprehensive systems of personnel development for early childhood.