We appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of human life. We base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn. We appreciate the bond between the child and family. We recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society. We respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member and colleague). We respect diversity in children, families and colleagues. We recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.
The 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.