Both Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have similar Code of Ethics. I picked the following codes of ethical conduct and outlined my reasons for choosing those ideals:
Core Value (NAEYC)
Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.
I would think that this core value would be intuitive in our American society but is not yet a reality in our political sphere. John F. Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”
Principle & Ideals: Children (NAEYC)
P-1.7 We shall strive to build individual relationships with each child.
I-1.3 to recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child.
I-1.4 to appreciate the vulnerability of children and their dependence on adults.
Building relationships with each child is the raison d’etre for the profession of early childhood education. If and when each of the early childhood education professionals has that “individual relationship” with each child, the outcomes would be phenomenal.
We must remain mindful that each child has qualities, abilities, and potential. Those traits are waiting for us to help bring them out. Most of all, we must recognize that each child is vulnerable and dependent on adults. You want to be the adult that the child can depend on for a life-long trusting relationship.
P-4.11 When policies are enacted for purposes that do not benefit children, we have a collective responsibility to work to change these practices.
This is relevant to my goal of becoming an advocate engaged in public policy discourse.
NAEYC. (2005, April). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved October 12, 2014, from: http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf
The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved October 12, 2014, from: http://dec.membershipsoftware.org/files/Position%20Statement%20and%20Papers/Member%20Code%20of%20Ethics.pdf