Defending the Early Years is conducting a national survey of early childhood professionals–teachers, child care workers, program and school directors, etc.–on the ways their work is currently affected by federal, state, and local policies, such as standards for learning and mandated tests. Responses are anonymous. The data are being collected and tabulated by an independent opinion research firm. The results of this research will be used to inform our efforts to advocate for more child-centered, humane, and effective policies in the education and care of young children.
For more information about this research project, or if you have trouble accessing the survey site, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: Recently, Valerie Strauss of The Answer Sheet at The Washington Post published an op-ed by Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Diane Levin and Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin. The piece is titled How ed policy is hurting early childhood education and it describes the DEY project, our concerns, and the survey.