In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organise as a profession to realise consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop field-wide leadership and diminish its reliance on public policy for defining its purpose and structure.
Early Childhood Education for a New Era confronts the disparity between the field’s potential contributions to children’s learning and development and its occupational competence to achieve them. It burros under the identity and leadership question of “What defines and bounds early care and education as a field of practice?” to better understand why this question still lingers. It elevates as an obligation the field’s need to change its collective performance and lifts up the transformational opportunity provided by organising ECE as a professional field of practice.
Offering a fresh viewpoint on national efforts to improve program quality and children's learning and development, the book concludes with ''Next Steps Commentaries'' written by education luminaires Rolf Grafwallner, Jacqueline Jones and Pamela J. Winton outlining concrete action steps to jump-start the essential discussion about moving forward with the ideas presented in the book.