Katherine Kempe, NAEYC

Power to the Profession: The All Hands on Deck for a More Defined, Unified and Supported ECE Profession

The compensation, professional preparation, entry qualifications, and performance expectations for early childhood educators vary significantly across settings and programs. Addressing these gaps will require more than a quick fix. Power to the Profession is a two-year collaborative initiative to establish the shared framework of knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards of practice, and compensation for all early childhood educators who work with children birth through age eight across a variety of early learning settings. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the national dialogue and help shape the early childhood education profession.

Katherine Kempe, Senior Director for Professional Recognition and Advancement, NAEYC

Katherine-Kempe.jpgKatherine Kempe is Senior Director for Professional Recognition and Advancement with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) where she leads Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to establish a unified framework for the early learning profession. Kat has extensive experience working in Minnesota’s early learning community focusing on community engagement and elevating the voices of parents and early learning professionals at the state Capitol. As Senior Policy Advocate at Think Small, a multi-service nonprofit supporting Minnesota’s early learning community, Kat served as the grassroots manager for a successful statewide campaign to increase public resources to support high quality early learning. Kat is driven by a passion to create policies and systems that lead to the optimal environments to support the healthy development of children and the adults who care for them.