All of the California early childhood educator competencies involve professionalism in some way; they describe knowledge, skills, dispositions, and an overall vision that allow early childhood educators to work effectively with children, families, colleagues, and communities and to provide high-quality early care and education services. To ensure that principles of professional and ethical practice are given equal and intentional consideration to constructs in other competency areas, they are addressed separately here. This competency area is intended to describe in greater detail ethical standards and professional guidelines, professional development and reflective practice, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships.
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