The Importance Of Leadership In Early Care And Education

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The American public places insurmountable trust with people who represent positions of

powers and authority over their children. Such as teachers providing instruction, the doctor who

delivers medical care, the minister who offers ecclesiastic advice, and the therapist who

counsels. However, when those in power and authority breach the trust through acts of

negligence, inappropriate behavior involving young children, and failure to employ quality

education due to socioeconomic status, is an act of betrayal to children and the profession they

represent. In the article, “Making a Difference: Leadership in Early Care and Education Policy,” “early care and education is a hot policy issue.” Therefore, the findings of researchers Gormley, Gayer, & Dawson (2004), study of improvement of cognitive and language skills of minority and disadvantaged four-year-olds in a state funded prekindergarten program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, clarifies the demand of high quality early childhood programs. As policy and research expands on the development of “high quality” early childhood programs, we must
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For the last few decades, child sexual abuse has plummeted in the public schools; yet, there is little empirical research concerning educator sexual misconduct (Shakeshaft, 2004). According to media outlets, Florida is one of the highest reporting states of educator sexual misconduct with children. Consequently, the frequency of this type of educator misconduct behavior forced the Florida Department of Education to implement the Code of Ethical Conduct for Teachers. May the urgency of early childhood programs and policy issues lessen the unethical conduct and dilemmas involving the welfare of all children and their families. As well as close the academic achievement gap of minority and low socioeconomic
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