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Becoming a Hero for Children: 3 Qualities Early Childhood Educators Must Have

When our children succeed, our whole community benefits! Because 90% of brain development occurs before a child starts kindergarten, these early years are critical. The foundation built during the first five years of a child’s life can put them on a path to success. Childhood heroes, or, as many call them, early childhood educators, can make the difference. Smiles, hugs and adoration from little fans are just some of the perks of becoming an early childhood educator.

Early educators might be the first adult outside of their family with whom little ones interact, and that’s a BIG responsibility! It’s not always easy, but the rewards are pretty awesome. A successful career in early learning might start with a love for children, but these professionals offer so much more.

As an early childhood educator, you will get a front-row seat to children’s success. It is a rewarding experience to watch babies begin to crawl or toddlers build a block tower. You’ll see preschoolers start to identify the letters of their names. You’ll help children understand their emotions and how to get along with others. Also, you’ll experience their happiness seeing you every morning because they connect with you. Nothing beats knowing you have changed a tiny human’s life for the good!

ELC Pinellas provides programs to enhance early childhood professionals’ knowledge, skills and professional advancement through various training courses, conferences and college scholarships. If you are thinking of pursuing a career as an early childhood educator or establishing a licensed family child care home, ELC can provide the training, coaching and curriculum support you need. If you have questions, please call ELC’s Quality Specialist Coach Brandi Crosby at (727) 914-3720 or chat with a representative online at ELCPinellas.org.

Do you have the qualities of an early educator? 

You are Dedicated, Responsible, and Passionate 

Early education is more than a job; it is a passion. Your dedication to serve will help children get ready for success in school and life. Your career will come with a lot of responsibility to nurture, teach and protect children. This commitment doesn’t stop with the children. You will attend continuous training and possibly free college courses to help advance your skills and career.

You Engage, Inspire, and Elevate 

Enthusiasm and motivation go hand in hand and are essential qualities of an educator. Engaging children in lessons that will develop their cognitive and social-emotional skills requires patience, creativity and energy. It’s almost an art form to think quickly, keep the focus on the lesson and remain calm in every situation. Creating a positive and nurturing environment builds self-esteem and elevates a child’s confidence. Ultimately, you’ll inspire a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

You Understand Each Child’s Unique Needs

Every child is different. Their learning style, life experiences and interests all vary considerably. It’s fundamental for an early childhood educator to understand and embrace these differences. This understanding environment celebrates differences to give every child an opportunity to thrive.


*Presented by The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County | Originally published in June 2022

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