DO WHAT'S BEST FOR CHILDREN
1.) ADVANCE THE USE OF DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES.
PAEYC supports a paradigm shift that acknowledges the role of play in children’s learning and development. PAEYC calls on early childhood teachers and administrators to implement best practices for play. Beyond the classroom, PAEYC supports expanded regional opportunities for intergenerational play through the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative.
2.) END EARLY CHILDHOOD SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS.
Children cannot learn if they are excluded from places of learning. PAEYC supports a system that provides interagency collaboration and resources so educators can respond in ways that are intentional, developmentally appropriate, culturally-competent, gender responsive, and trauma informed.
3.) MAKE INCLUSION THE NORM.
PAEYC supports early care and education providers intentionally promoting participation in all learning and social activities, combining children with disabilities alongside their typically developing peers, and utilizing individualized accommodations and modifications. These early inclusive experiences build the foundation for young children and their families to expect inclusion as the norm in future learning spaces and throughout society.
4.) INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY PRE-KINDERGARTEN (PRE-K) PROGRAMS.
Only 30% of eligible families have access to a high quality publicly funded Pre-K program for their three and four-year old children. PAEYC supports increased local, state, and federal investments for these programs.
5.) INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY INFANT AND TODDLER CARE.
PAEYC supports high-quality care and learning environments with responsive caregivers for all infants and toddlers, including through paid family leave, infant and toddler early learning programs, and evidencebased home visiting programs.
6.) PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TO INCREASE AND MAINTAIN QUALITY.
High-quality child care programs can change the trajectory of a child’s future by providing them with the best opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. PAEYC supports increases in state and federal funding so that child care reimbursement rates reflect the true cost of high-quality child care.
7.) TRANSFORM THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSION.
PAEYC supports initiatives that will positively impact the public’s perception of early care and education careers, and encourage talented and ambitious individuals to enter and remain in the profession. This includes changes to training and certification programs accompanied by increased compensation and career opportunities.
8.) ALIGN QUALITY RATINGS TO THE FACTORS THAT IMPROVE CHILD OUTCOMES THROUGH POSITIVE INTERACTIONS.
PAEYC supports a revised QRIS system that uses multiple evidencebased and strength-based measures of success. PAEYC also supports regular dissemination of information to increase provider knowledge and understanding of how to improve childhood outcomes through positive interactions.
9.) LEVERAGE RESOURCES AND PARTNERSHIPS.
PAEYC supports the continued coordination (at the state, local, and neighborhood level) of education, government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy partners so that early childhood education programs can maintain or increase their financial sustainability.