The Importance of Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Penn Foster is happy to announce that our Director of Early Childhood Education, Nancy Moretti, Ed.D. (ABD), M.S., has accepted the added role of Facilitator for the Student Interest Forum (SIF) at the NAEYC. Nancy has answered a few key questions below about her history of volunteer work and the importance of continued professional development in the early childhood education space:

What got you first involved with NAEYC?

“I joined NAEYC in 1997 because I knew that this organisation works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children (birth through age 8), by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. As a former childcare business owner, I was looking for resources to assist me in improving my practices. I became a more active member of NAEYC when I began working in higher education back in 2006. At NAEYC, I currently serve as an Annual Conference Reviewer, an Early Childhood Professional Preparation Program – CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) Program Reviewer, and recently started in my newest role as a Student Interest Forum Facilitator.”

What does your new volunteer role involve? What are you most excited about?

“I will be facilitating discussions with students and faculty across the globe in my new role as SIF Facilitator. Discussions topics include student clubs, fundraising ideas, advocacy, and professionalism. Also, I will be one of the hosts for the Student Networking Centre at the NAEYC Annual Conferences. I am most excited to meet and share with students and faculty and to share my passion related to the field of Early Care and Education.”

Why is ongoing professional development important for ECE professionals?

“I believe that professional development is important to an early childhood educator because it allows individuals to share, network, and remain current in the field. Professional development is an ongoing process, which prepares early childhood educators to develop and expand upon their skills and knowledge. I enjoy sharing and networking with others. It is my belief that the work of an early childhood educator is never complete and I want to support and advocate for students, whether they are attending Penn Foster or not. I am hoping to bring my newfound knowledge back to our Penn Foster Community by sharing ideas that I have gained with our student body.”

Nancy Moretti oversees all Early Childhood Education programs across Penn Foster’s Career School and College, and spearheaded the development and launch of the Undergraduate Certificate in CDA Credential Preparation Program offered through Penn Foster College. In addition, Moretti has been heavily invested in volunteering for the SIF and Student Networking Center (SNC) for NAEYC over the past several years.

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