Early Childhood Education for a New Era
Leading for Our Profession
Stacie G. Goffin
Teachers College Press
In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organize as a profession to realize consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop fieldwide leadership and diminish its reliance on public policy for defining its purpose and structure. Offering a fresh viewpoint on national efforts to improve program quality and children’s learning and development, the book concludes with “Next Steps Commentaries” written by education luminaries Rolf Grafwallner, Jacqueline Jones, and Pamela J. Winton outlining concrete action steps to jump-start the essential discussion about moving forward.
Stacie G. Goffin is the principal of the Goffin Strategy Group and the author of the critically acclaimed book Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education, written with Valora Washington. She previously led the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Accreditation Reinvention Project and is a former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, professor in higher education, and preschool educator.