Professionals and Policy
As a leader in the field of early childhood education, it is important that you are aware of the host of federal programs available that address the needs of young children and their families. This knowledge has important implications for those children and families in your care, and is inherently tied to the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation that we discussed in depth in Week 2 of this course. If you recall, standard 6e of the professional preparation standards calls for you to engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession (Bredekamp, 2017). In order for you to be an effective advocate, you must understand the programs and resources that are available to you, your school or center, and to children and their families. That is the basis for this discussion this week.
To prepare for this discussion, review the article Tracking Federal Child Care & Early Childhood Education Policy (Links to an external site.) from the Zero to Three website. Choose one of the Federal Laws or Programs from that site (listed below), or another law or program of your choosing.
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
Head Start/Early Head Start
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Part C of IDEA
Early Learning Challenge Fund