Each child is unique and can succeed.
- Children have diverse strengths rooted in their families’ cultures, backgrounds, languages and beliefs.
- Learning occurs within the context of relationships. Responsive and supportive interactions with other children and adults are essential to a child’s learning.
- Children learn best when their physical and emotional needs are met.
- An emphasis on promoting healthy development should include efforts to both prevent, detect and address developmental concerns at the earliest possible time.
- Every child has the right to maintain his or her own identity while acquiring the skills required to function in a diverse society.
Families are a child’s first and most important caregivers, teachers and advocates.
- Families are respected and supported as the primary influence in their child’s early learning and education.
- Families know their own strengths and needs and are the best advocates for their child(ren).
- Supporting families’ well-being leads to better outcomes for children.
The well-being of children is linked to the well-being of all those who work in early care and education.
- The essential role of the early learning workforce warrants respect, recognition, and appropriate compensation.
- A strong workforce includes diverse individuals in various roles who are provided with on-going opportunities for personal and professional development.
- Culturally relevant and responsive programming requires a workforce who both reflect and respect the communities and families who are served.
Early childhood education is a public good and requires our collective commitment and investment.
- We are all called to be advocates for children and their families.
- Investment in early care and education leads to positive outcomes in future educational performance, earning power and health.
- Investment in early care and education includes staff compensation appropriate to one’s qualifications, skills, experience and level of education.
- Effective collaboration with local community agencies and service providers maximizes resources available to families with young children.
High quality programs demonstrate a commitment to effective practice and continuous learning.
- Effective programming builds on a child’s intrinsic strengths and engages the child in developmentally appropriate instruction and opportunities for exploration and meaningful play.
- High quality programming includes families as partners in program planning and delivery.
- Early childhood programs have the responsibility to regularly assess their own strengths and opportunities for growth and develop plans to improve their practice.