Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Ready or Not made its mark in 2007 by boldly calling for a field-wide response to the question: “What defines and bounds early care and education as a field of practice?” A dozen years later, this question remains pivotal to the field’s understanding of its present and its aspirations for the future. In this updated and expanded edition, Goffin and Washington reunite to examine the major issues that must still be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. This second edition will help everyone whose work impacts the ECE workforce, including those working directly with children, to deepen their commitment to adaptive and systems work and to develop the leadership capacity needed to become change agents. Ready or not, early childhood education needs to tackle its adaptive challenges. Nothing less will enable it to shift the field’s developmental trajectory, fulfill its potential, and satisfy its obligations to children, families, and society.
New for the Second Edition:
With over 60 years of combined experience, Stacie G. Goffin and Valora Washington are recognized authorities in early care and education. Each has been involved in leading significant change initiatives. Stacie Goffin’s books include Early Childhood Education for a New Era. Valora Washington’s books include Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional and The New Early Childhood Professional.
Foreword by Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz
Prequel: How Far Have We Come 12 Years Later?
Defining Our Terms
Why We Came Together to Update Ready or Not
ECE's Adaptive Challenges Also Have Evolved
Bringing the ECE Field's Denizens to the Forefront
Distinguishing Between the Field's Adaptive and Technical Issues
Embracing A Developmental Journey
How the Book Is Organized
Early Care and Education's Leadership Choices
Chapter 1. Calling the Question
Building an Early Care and Education System
Our Point of View
The Leadership Work of the Early Care and Education Field
Previous Adaptive Work in Early Care and Education
Forming Our Future
Chapter 2. New Realities
A Unique Historical Moment
Facing New Realities
Concern for the Field's Future
Chapter 2 Postscript
Twelve Years Later, What Has Changed?
Twelve Years Later: What Hasn't Changed?
Twelve Years Later: Why Hasn't Change Occurred?
Twelve Years Later, Why Does It Matter?
Appendix A: Early Care and Education's Changing Landscape: From the 1980s to 2019 and Forward
Chapter 3. Necessary Choices
Calling the Question
Chapter 4. Leading by Changing
Preparing for Adaptive Work
Mobilizing the Early Care and Education Field for Adaptive Change
Sequel: What's Next? A Call to the Future
Engaging With Adaptive and Systemic Change
ECE's Choices Will Define Its Future
Appendix B: Characterizations of the Early Care and Education Field by Its Leaders
Appendix C: Making Choices
About the Authors