FCCAM is passing along this letter from NAFCC in the hopes that all family child care providers and staff that see it here will take the time to complete the survey. We agree that our engagement is important.
Individual responses will be completely anonymous and confidential. Neither your name, employer nor any other identifying information will be included in any reports or public materials associated with the survey. Your name will not be added to any databases.
The mission of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is to support and leverage a nationwide network of providers in expanding and promoting the power of family child care.
As many of you know, NAEYC launched the Power to the Profession initiative and NAFCC was invited to represent family child care providers on the national task force in this work. This project will result in a unified framework to define the early childhood profession. This is very big! We want to ensure that early childhood educators get the recognition and economic reward they deserve for the work that is so important to the future of this nation – and for us at NAFCC that means specifically highlighting family child care providers.
In January, we joined our task force colleagues to formally begin. Together the task force represents nearly two million professionals in the early childhood education field – and it’s our job to put your voices front and center.
We are in what we’re calling Decision Cycle 1: Professional Identity and Boundaries (Who are we advancing as a profession? What is the distinct role and responsibility of this profession? What is the name of this profession? Who are we not defining in this process?) Here’s the 3-page draft paper on this part of the conversation.
Because this is about you, this must also include you.
We need to hear from you! NAEYC put together a survey of early childhood educators. It’s a long one, you’ll see, but it is important. Please take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWJBQ8X
The deadline for completing the survey is March 13.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that we hear from family child care providers. This initiative has the potential of creating enormous changes for the field. Your input will help make sure those changes reflect your needs, hopes and dreams. Please take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWJBQ8X.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for an invitation to a webinar just for NAFCC members, all about the Power to the Profession initiative.
Additional Informational Reading:
- Message from Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- One-page summary of the Power to the Profession initiative
- Report brief for educators and caregivers on Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation