Teachers College Press

Ready or Not
Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education

Stacie G. Goffin and Valora Washington
Foreword by Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz
Early Childhood Education Series
Pub Date: July 2007, 128 pages

Paperback: $25.95, ISBN: 0807747939
Cloth: $45, ISBN: 0807747947
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“This is a powerful book that has the potential to reinvent the field in ways that have yet to be determined. It should be required reading for all who work in early care and education.”
Josue Cruz, Jr., Bowling Green State University, Dean and Professor, College of Education and Administration, Past President NAEYC

“They get it! We need a true system of services for young children and their families in America. The authors explain to us why and present options for all of us to consider as we move forward.”
Dick Clifford, Associate Director, National Center For Early Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Goffin and Washington employ a variety of tactics to help us acknowledge imminent options in our field.... If we fail to engage in this adaptive work we will be no better than our elected officials whom we criticize for their partisan stubbornness and refusal to collaborate for the good of the whole.”
Marilyn M. Smith, Council for Professional Recognition, Washington, DC

“For those whose lives are enmeshed in the realities of the field, this book is on the mark and none too soon. Let’s hope it’s not too late.”
Karen Hill-Scott, President, Karen Hill-Scott and Company, Culver City, CA

“Ready or Not includes guidance and resources that will enable readers to create dialogue and discourse about the new realities in the field. It is a ‘must-read’ for anyone seriously interested in contemporary issues surrounding the profession of early care and education.”
Ed Greene, Director, Educational Outreach and International Initiatives, Sesame Workshop, New York

After more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field's purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new change strategies, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement.

This provocative volume:

  • Examines the leadership challenges of early childhood education, drawing lessons from extensive interviews and focus groups and from historical analyses.
  • Suggests how the early care and education field can position itself to take charge of its future, rather than being driven by external influences.
  • Outlines the need to focus internally, along with a challenging assessment of the field’s resistance to change.
  • Focuses on the necessity for the early care and education field to engage in critical adaptive work or risk the consequences of not doing so.

With over 50 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. Spanning higher education; local, state, and federal government; organizational development; research; and advocacy, their efforts have resulted in change for both policy and practice.

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