Leadership in Early Childhood Education:
Becoming more self-aware begins with examining yourself.
We each bring our experiences, perspectives, and worldview to our work — the good, the bad, and all of the in-between. These are what make us who we are and influence our practice with children, families, and colleagues. We also hold in our minds a picture of our ideal selves. Knowing more about yourself can pave the way to becoming the person and the early educator that more closely matches your ideal self. This first Key to Reflection and Inquiry can help you become more self-aware and intentional in examining who you are now and who you want to become.
Extend Your Learning
California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (PDF; 7MB) provides key direction for the State in the development of a high-quality birth-to-age-five system that provides all children with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term success. This plan is based on extensive research and stakeholder engagement, and it suggests changes that, if implemented, would make California’s early learning system more coherent and effective. This resource was developed for the State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Learning and Care.
Read the article, "Looking for Core Values" by Margie Carter to consider how leaders bring core values to life in early childhood programs.