“Make a Commitment to Children”
Your first, most important, and ultimate commitment as a professional is your allegiance to children. When you choose to work with young children, you are choosing the most important job in the world.
Since you made a commitment to children, you need to invest in your professional development and make a commitment to yourself to be the best you can be by:
- Developing a Philosophy
- Planning Your Career
- Knowing About Children and Best Practices
- Understanding and Using the Code of Ethical Conduct
- Taking Care of Yourself
- Connecting with Colleagues
- Joining a Professional Organization
- Becoming an Adocate
Professional development is critical in the field of early childhood education. There is always something new to learn to improve the quality of your care and/or your center. It is important to ensure that you and your staff members are up to date on the latest research, techniques, and strategies for the early childhood educator. Seek opportunities to attend conferences, classes, and trainings and request on-site technical assistance.
DSS Child Care Licensing requires staff members at registered and licensed child care facilities to acquire training hours each year. including Family Child Care Programs are required to meet Kendra’s Law training requirements.