NAEYC Code Of Ethical Conduct

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NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

Revised April 2005


Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
Revised April 2005

A position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Endorsed by the Association for Childhood Education International
Adopted by the National Association for Family Child Care

NAEYC recognizes that those who work with young children face many daily decisions that have moral and ethical implications. The NAEYC Code of Ethical
Conduct offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the principal ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education. The Statement of Commitment is not part of
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The Code publicly acknowledges the responsibilities that we in the field have assumed, and in so doing supports ethical behavior in our work. Practitioners who face situations with ethical dimensions are urged to seek guidance in the applicable parts of this Code and in the spirit that informs the whole.
Often “the right answer”—the best ethical course of action to take—is not obvious. There may be no readily apparent, positive way to handle a situation. When one important value contradicts another, we face an ethical dilemma. When we face a dilemma, it is our professional responsibility to consult the Code and all relevant parties to find the most ethical resolution.

Section I
Ethical Responsibilities to Children
Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe,

* There is not necessarily a corresponding principle for each ideal.


Revised April 2005 healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child. We are committed to supporting children’s development and learning; respecting individual differences; and helping children learn to live, play, and work cooperatively. We are also committed to promoting children’s self-awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, and physical well-being.

I-1.1—To be familiar with the knowledge base of early childhood care and education and to stay informed through continuing

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