In Ohio, we have so many things changing within the field of early childhood education. Step Up To Quality, our quality rating system for child care programs, is changing from three to five stars. The Infant Toddler Guidelines and the Early Learning Content Standards, tools for the classroom teacher, have been transformed into one document called the Early Learning and Development Standards. And all family child care providers will be required to become licensed in January of 2014.
I have to be honest with you, I don’t like change. I like the safety of things that are consistent. I like it when I know what to expect. It’s scary when so many things change all at once. It’s scary because it’s uncertain. It’s scary because it’s new.
But new and uncertain can also be so exciting. New and uncertain can lead to things that make us better. New and uncertain, while still scary, can help us grow to new levels of greatness!
The author Fredrick B. Wilcox once said, “Progress always involves risk: you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” So even though change scares me a little, I’m becoming more excited about all of the great things that are going to happen for the children of Ohio. It’s definitely time for all early childhood professionals in Ohio get ready to steal second. Our kids deserve it.
For the most recent updates on Ohio’s plan to “steal second,” visit Early Childhood Ohio.