Children and Families
- Early childhood (birth-age eight) is a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.
- Children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society.
- All children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society.
- The dignity, worth and gifts of each individual child, family member, and colleague should be celebrated and respected.
- Children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.
- Collaborative relationships with early childhood mixed-delivery system partners promote effective outcomes.
- Practices and systems should promote full and inclusive participation, and reduce biases and barriers that limit the potential of children, families and early childhood professionals.
- Funding should support continuous quality improvement to promote equity and educational opportunities based on multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives.
- Early childhood curriculum should include ambitious standards and instruction, asset mapping, purposeful play, and age appropriate assessment.
References and Resources
- National Association for the Education of Young Children: Core Values
- National Association for the Education of Young Children: Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement
- National Association of Elementary School Principals: Early Childhood Education