DCAEYC embraces the value and importance of credentials and degrees in early childhood education for the opportunities they offer to build on early childhood educators’ knowledge, competencies, and experience as part of an overall compensation strategy that recognizes the importance of having well-paid child care professionals with good working conditions, and personal well-being. The child care they provide is more likely to be high-quality and provide a safer and more engaged setting for children so they can thrive. DCAEYC remains committed to prioritizing an equity-oriented approach that increases the progressive attainment of credentials and degrees at all levels of the profession.
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