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Standards & Guidelines

Codes of Ethics

Education Requirements The provision of early care and education and school age services are provided in a variety of settings in North Carolina for both typically and atypically developing children ages birth to twelve. Staff education requirements vary based on the employment setting. Minimum Requirements by Setting/Quality Rating

  • NC Early Educator Certification (EEC) – A professional voluntary certification issued by the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals.


Professional Development Specialists Working on the Behalf of Children

(PD, TA, Consultants, Coaches, Mentors, Trainers, etc.)

NAEYC Position Statements

Approaches to Working with Children

Outdoor Learning

Professional Associations

Afterschool Alliance http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/ Association of Childhood Education International www.acei.org National Afterschool Association (NAA) http://www.naaweb.org National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) www.naeyc.org National Coalition for Campus Child Care Centers http://www.campuschildren.org/about.html NC  AfterSchool Coalition (NCASC) http://www.ncafterschool.org/ NC Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc) www.ncaeyc.org NC Early Childhood Association www.ncearlychildhoodassoc.com NC Head Start Collaboration Office http://www.osr.nc.gov/HeadStart/index.asp NC Head Start Association www.ncheadstart.org Partners in Out-of-School Time (POST) https://www.postcarolinas.org/ Quality Circle http://ecqualitycircle.org/ World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) http://www.omep-ong.net/eng_index.html

Professional Development Plans

Assessing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats

Creating a Plan

  • Administrators Self-Assessment Tool
  • Early Educators Professional Plan of Action (updated Red & Blue booklet coming in early 2012!)

NC Early Educator Professional Development Plan

NC Prekindergarten Teacher Professional Development Plan

NC Public School Teacher Professional Development Plan


Careers Directory: Careers in Early  Childhood


Start a Program

Career Planning Tools

Employment Links

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