Although the field of early childhood has long debated the use of universal standards, increasing concerns about the discrepancy of quality in and across programs has led to growing support of universal standards for teacher preparation, program administration, curriculum, assessment, and parent/family communication (Seefeldt, 2005). Consider the universal standards movement, the state of existing standards within the field, and what you have learned about quality related to early childhood education programs.
After you have considered these factors:
By Day 4
- What you view as the existing gaps in monitoring quality standards within the field
- Your perspective with regard to the benefits of universal standards
- Your perspective with regard to potential challenges and/or drawbacks to implementing universal standards
Be sure to include references to and examples from the readings and multimedia presentation to support your answers.