Earlier this month, Day Nursery Director of Operations, Marsha Lindsey attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference held in Dallas. I asked her to send me a note from the conference summarizing her thoughts about the week. Sorry for the delay in getting this post up.
As I leave a NAEYC conference I am struck by the optimism of the nearly 20,000 early childhood professionals that attended. I was surrounded by people from all over the country that were excited about their chosen profession. People who truly believe that children are the future and who act out this belief daily through their interactions with children. The number of professionals attending workshops and soaking up all the knowledge possible about young children should put parents at ease.
As for what is new on the national front, well there are two significant things.(1) The unveiling of the new 3rd edition Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which has incorporated information on implementation of best practices in early childhood education based on new and updated research, and (2) The soon to be released “Call to action” a public policy and advocacy document that will outline the step necessary for our nation to move into the right direction to ensure all children receive a good start.
You can read more about the conference, including the notes from the presenters, at www.naeyc.org.