What We Believe
Our Principles of Practice
These principles articulate what we believe, why we believe it, and guide us to do our work uniquely in our constituent communities.
As a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most, we believe that all children and their families, particularly those experiencing poverty, must have access to quality early care and education, and systems of family and community support that lead to success in school and in life.
- Early care and education systems should promote the safety, health, happiness, and education of all children.
- All children, regardless of socioeconomic status or race, should have access to quality early care and education programs and services.
- Early care and education programs should support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all children.
Parents and Families
- Parents and families know and want what is best for their children — their choices should be recognized and supported.
- Parents and families should demand affordable and high-quality early care and education in the setting they choose.
- Families must have greater access to financial assistance that supports child care during the nontraditional work hours that define today’s employment.
Early Care and Education Providers
- Child care professionals need opportunities and supports for continuous quality improvement to create better outcomes for themselves and the children in their care.
- Every family makes child care decisions based on their reality and we should support quality in the type of care they choose, including Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care.
- Child care professionals should have access to high quality professional development opportunities, technical and financial supports needed to advance quality in their programs.
- Child care professionals should be paid at a level that is reflective of their skills, supports quality, and fosters a well-educated workforce.
Early Childhood Systems
- Early childhood systems should align to provide consistent and progressive supports to families, providers, and their communities.
- Human Service and family support systems should align to provide learning opportunities to all children and professional development opportunities to all providers in all settings.
- Innovative programs that reach the most at-risk families isolated by poverty should be prioritized and funded.