Leadership in Early Childhood Education
About this Competency
Leadership has been described as the intersection of knowledge, skills, character attributes, and personality traits that motivate others to work toward a common goal; it is demonstrated by early childhood educators in every role within the profession. In addition to possessing expertise in specific areas — such as understanding how children develop and learn, working with families, or supervising staff — early childhood education leaders need to understand the early childhood system itself and how policy shapes the quality of services available to children and families. A starting point for providing leadership is to evaluate one's current understanding of the early care and education system, reflect regularly to assess changes in one’s knowledge, and determine how that under - standing and knowledge can continue to develop (Whitebook and Austin 2009).
The diverse sectors in the early education profession challenge leaders to collaborate across many types of services and among variable poli - cies. Early childhood education services do not exist in isolation, and leaders are further challenged to understand the complex array of issues that impact the profession, develop skills to work collaboratively across disciplines and interest groups, and improve the quality of early care and education services that influence life opportunities for children and their families.
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