Preschool professionals learn about ethical conduct

Twenty local early childhood education professionals received training on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment on Feb. 20. The program was  hosted by Honey Bear Learning Center.

Programs represented were Franklin School Preschool, Stratford YMCA Preschool, Cheyenne’s Early Learning Center, Grace Childcare Center, St. James Preschool, and Honey Bear Learning Center. Donna Delohery of the Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) Southwest Region was the training facilitator.

“Hosting this training was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with and form new relationships with fellow directors and educators of preschool programs in Stratford, said Honey Bear Director, Catherine Vanicky. “I am delighted that they could join us for this community experience, and we all are looking forward to future collaboration.”

According to Vanicky, the training supports a NAEYC Criterion which states: All teaching staff know and use ethical guidelines in their conduct as members of the early childhood profession. The NAEYC Code sets forth a framework of professional responsibilities for relationships with children, families, colleagues and the community.

During the presentation, Delohery stated to attendees, “A profession is guided by a code of ethics. Early childhood educators are guided by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. As we educate the youngest members of our community, we too are growing as adult learners. Through training workshops and pursuit of college degrees we work toward continuous quality improvement in early learning experiences.”

NAEYC recognizes that those who work with young children face many daily decisions that have moral and ethical implications. The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education. The Statement of Commitment is a personal acknowledgment of an individual’s willingness to embrace the distinctive values and moral obligations of the field of early childhood care and education.

To find an NAEYC accredited program or for more information, visit NAEYC’s website www.NAEYC.org. The Accreditation Facilitation Project is an initiative of the Office of Early Childhood which provides training and support to early childhood programs throughout the state on best practices and the national standards of NAEYC.

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