Using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

Amy Hoffman

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created a Code of Ethical Conduct to help early childhood educators understand their ethical responsibilities to children, families, coworkers, and the community.

The Code can be used to help teachers and directors make decisions concerning ethical dilemmas. Maybe you’re asking, “What is an ethical dilemma?” An ethical dilemma is a situation where a choice needs to be made between two options, both of which may be correct but are not in agreement with each other.

Here are some common ethical dilemmas that you may face in an early childhood setting:

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Math classes in kindergarten

Preschool Math

Angel Avery-Wright Math in a preschool classroom can be found everywhere, from a math interest center to other play areas. Materials for supporting math can include games, dramatic play props, blocks, musical materials, and more.
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Michelle Long Picture yourself sitting on bleachers. How is your posture? Are you wishing this game was at a stadium equipped with seats with backs? Picture yourself at a crowded café. The only stool left
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