The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in
Early Childhood Communities
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Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities is a powerful exploration of caregiving as a vital component of education and child development and a crucial building block of human community and society.
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I was disheartened when I heard Joe Biden (who I am a staunch supporter of) refer to early care and education as "daycare." As the director of a child care center and an adjunct faculty member teaching future early care and education professionals, I often talk about the way that we label our profession. WORDS MATTER. We are not providing care to a DAY but to a child, just as we are not teaching a SCHOOL, we are teaching children (I dislike the term "schoolteacher" for the same reason as "daycare"). We can be our own worst enemies in this field by not standing up for ourselves, making sure that we are college-educated, and continuing to stay current in the field. The way that we will elevate our profession is by educating ourselves so that we can educate parents, lawmakers, and the community about the importance of the work that we do. I am grateful to Exchange for providing a platform for this type of discussion, which is sorely needed during this time.
I would like to name this 'Early learning support'.
Thanks to all for your thoughtful comments. And Chris, I so appreciate your kind words for me. I absolutely remember you and have been following and admiring your great work!
Pearl, Thank you for the comment and work you've done in ECE!
Whirled Peas, love the name :). Thank you for the comment. You are right, the language is new to a lot of people. It will take time to change that but very glad we are getting recognition!
Robin, yes they do! thank you.
Amy, yes! The foundation we build is so important.
Christine, I will not speak for Nancy but I cannot agree with you more :). As someone who gets to work with Nancy, that kind of leadership and care has gotten so many of us through this pandemic. What a great reminder for all of us to celebrate ourselves more.
-Tiffany at Exchange Press
I am now retired from a field that all of us cherish--early childhood education. Over the past few months, I have been submitting Letters to the Editor of the NY Times about the problem of the all-too-low salaries of child care center staff. None of which have reached publication. So I was extremely glad when that newspaper finally published an article that addressed this important issue. Also Elisabeth Warren mentioned the salaries of child care center staff We're getting there--hopefully.