Friday, September 26, 2014

Quotes from Early Childhood Education Professionals

This quote from Marian Wright Edelman is for both the education professionals and for us to remember as we educate the children.

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

Other quotes attributed to Marian Wright Edelman (hard to choose just one or two!):

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.”

“We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.”

Dr. Rosa Milagros Santos, Dr. Angel Fettig, and Ms. LaShorage Shaffer wrote:

“Early childhood educators know that home is a child’s first learning environment...
By suggesting meaningful, fun, and engaging activities, early educators can play a critical role in supporting families as they support their children’s social-emotional development…
Strong parent involvement is linked to children’s school readiness – academically, socially, and emotionally…
The influence families and teachers have on children’s social-emotional development cannot be understated.”

Santos, R. M., Fettig, A., Shaffer, L. (2012). Helping families connect early literacy with social-emotional development. Young Children. 67(2) 88-93

“I see early childhood education, all education, really as a civil rights issue.”

-Renatta M. Cooper
Program Specialist, Office of Child Care
LA County Chief Administrative Office

Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). The passion for early childhood. Baltimore: Author.

“Teachers have a tremendous influence on their self-identities.”

“The preschool years are critical; they are the first, most fundamental period where children are in fact noticing who they are and are noticing the attitudes and stereotypes and the discomforts.”

-Louise Derman-Sparks
Professor Emeritus, Pacific Oaks College, CA

Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). The passion for early childhood. Baltimore: Author.


  1. I love love love your quote about 'raining on dreams'. It not only applies to early childhood but life in general. I will definitely use this when talking to my daughters about life.

  2. I'm a big fan of creating learning environments in a child's home. I have worked in early intervention and the home is the first place a child begins to explore. I helped parents learn to use items and areas in their homes in ways to promote learning and growth developmentally and in regards to helping improve their vision.