Anne W. Mitchell in her three part series on the Art of Leadership series suggests that there are four main arguments for understanding and valuing ECE and the professionals who work in this field: 1) The Moral Argument that all children deserve quality ECE; 2) The Workforce Productivity Argument that all families should have dependable high quality care while they work; 3) The Brain Research Argument that children experience a rapid period of growth in the early years and so their experiences should be enriching; & 4) The Return on Investment Argument that high quality ECE has a greater financial benefit to society and families that out ways the initial costs.Also I have put my presentations, bibliography of related articles, and list of organizations who are working on bringing the issues of the importance of ECE forward... you are welcome to all..https://professionalizeece.wordpress.com/But as others have said in these posts, we should work together... Power to the Profession initiative is pulling us together.. I recommend getting on and finding out what you can do.. http://www.naeyc.org/profession/
Policy and Advocacy: http://naeyc.org/policy
Also, I will be attending the Naeyc Public Policy Forum next week in Washington... i want to learn how I can be the best advocate I can be...I've been in ECE since the early 70's....I'm not stopping until I see our field professionalize.. So glad to see others have posted about this important issue...