What Is NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood?


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The National Association for the Education of Young People Code of Ethics offers educators guidelines for responsible behavior and suggestions for resolving ethical dilemmas while teaching children from birth through eight years old. The association provides resources to help teachers with suggestions, questions and solutions to a variety of situations they can face.

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The Code of Ethics includes the Code of Ethical Conduct, which ensures that teachers are committed to the following ideas: appreciate the ways children develop and learn; appreciate the importance of family bonds; acknowledge the uniqueness, individuality and worth of each child and the diversity among people and situations; children (and adults) succeed when they enjoy relationships based on trust and respect. The association provides resources to help guide teachers in this respect, including position statements, videos, books, PowerPoint presentations and various published articles. In 2012, the association published a second edition of the book, "Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator," which updates the first edition published in 2005. The 2012 edition offers examples and questions in regard to ethical conduct by young childhood teachers. The Code of Ethics was created in 1989 by a group of early childhood professionals, family-child care experts and ethics specialists. The code has since been revised every five years and was last updated in 2005.

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