The Division for Early Childhood Code of Ethics
The Division of Early childhood Code of ethics Is broken down into four sections. Three of the four sections are what I thought would be included; professional development and preparation, responsive family practices, and ethical and evidence based practices. I was suppressed by the professional collaboration section of Professional Practice. I agree it should be an important part of the code. It is critical for a program to function at it’s fullest potential that the we as professional collaborate, honor, and respect our colleagues.
The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
I feel the Core values and Statement of Commitment written by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are great resources. These two documents are quick resources that I would like to hang in my classroom as a reminder to myself and my staff of what really matters in our day. This will help us rekindle our focus and purpose.
Core Values from the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on commitment to the follow- ing core values that are deeply rooted in the history of the field of early childhood care and education. We have made a commitment to
• Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle
• Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
• Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family
• Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture,* community, and society
• Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
• Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect
Statement of Commitment
As an individual who works with young children, I commit myself to furthering the values of early childhood education as they are reflected in the ideals and prin- ciples of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. To the best of my ability I will
- Never harm children.
- Ensure that programs for young children are based on current knowledge andresearch of child development and early childhood education.
- Respect and support families in their task of nurturing children.
- Respect colleagues in early childhood care and education and support them in maintaining the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Serve as an advocate for children, their families, and their teachers in commu- nity and society.
- Stay informed of and maintain high standards of professional conduct.
- Engage in an ongoing process of self-reflection, realizing that personal character-istics, biases, and beliefs have an impact on children and families.
- Be open to new ideas and be willing to learn from the suggestions of others.
- Continue to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional.
- Honor the ideals and principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
NAEYC. (2005, April). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from