the new early childhood

a step-by-step guide to facing


by Dr. Valora Washington, Brenda Gadson
& Kathryn L. Amel
foreword by Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer


For today’s early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable reality. While the size, force, and direction of change can often seem overwhelming, this book shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic odds or “Goliaths.” The New Early Childhood Professional presents some of the heroic experiences and strategic approaches used by early educators (participants in The CAYL Institute Fellowship programs) to deal with change. The authors share a specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive change-makers in the field of early care and education.


Teachers College Press

Teachers College | Columbia University

National Association for the Education of Young Children

A talented leader is required to pull all the building blocks of quality together into a harmonious community. For this reason, The New Early Childhood Professional is a vital resource for both new and experienced early childhood leaders. … Readers, be prepared to be jolted out of your comfort zone. This book will challenge, inform, provoke, and inspire you.

– From the Foreword by Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer, Publishers of Exchange Magazine

In this book, Washington, Gadson, and Amel lay out a proven, intentional, strategic, and clear approach to effect change collectively and individually. A definite must read!

Marta T. Rosa, Senior Executive Director, Department of Government and External Affairs, and Community Impact / Chief Diversity Officer

At a pivotal moment in early childhood education, the authors give us the tools to become agents of change on behalf of young children. This highly readable discussion leaves us with no more excuses.

Jacqueline Jones, Executive Director of the Foundation for Child Development in New York

Dr. Valora Washington

CEO & President

Brenda Gadson

Chief Operating Officer