Policies & Practices

Policies are a necessary part of an educational community. A Policy can be considered something that can be instituted to guide the center, children, families or staff. The creation of a policy can protect or preserve members of the early childhood community. Every policy and procedure will have a different implementation strategy, reason and reaction from the audience. Here are a few things to consider when implementing a policy or even a change within your program.

Important Factors in Policy Implementation:

Be CONSISTENT in the enforcement and messaging.
Be CLEAR in your policy’s verbiage and messages.
Know your WHY so others can begin to understand.
COMMUNICATE clearly and often during the implementation process.
Be ACCESSIBLE before, during and after the change for support.
Find SUPPORT in others to help initiate the change.
Ask for HELP from others in the field, board of directors, administrators or even CCAoNH.