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The National Association for Family Child Care is pleased to announce the adoption of the Code of Ethical Conduct from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This code, first created in 1989 and revised every five years – most recently in 2005, is a product of thoughtful research and extensive community input, including leading early childhood professionals, family child care experts, and ethics specialists. NAFCC has a firm commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards and adoption of the Code signifies that commitment.

As seen in the Preamble to the Code, the Code of Ethical Conduct "offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the ethical dilemmas encountered in early childhood care and education. The primary focus of the code is on daily practice with children and their families in programs for children from birth through 8 years of age, such as infant/toddler programs, preschool and prekindergarten programs, child care centers, hospital and child life settings, family child care homes, kindergartens, and primary classrooms." (NAEYC, 2005)

A code of ethical conduct is only writing on a piece of paper until it is put into practice. We know that, as family child care professionals, you encounter ethical situations every day and work to balance the needs of the children you care for and their families to build strong relationships that strengthen quality care.

Please review the
Code of Ethics, become familiar with the core values and should you have any questions or feedback, please know that NAFCC welcomes your contributions. As we continue to offer dialog about ways we can continue to strengthen the family child care profession, we will offer a regular column in The National Perspective and here on our website, sharing views and offering insight.

To learn more about the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, visit their website at:

Code of Ethical Conduct Core Values

Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on a commitment to the following core values that are deeply rooted in the history of the field of early childhood care and education. We have made a commitment to

  • Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle
  • Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
  • Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family
  • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture*, community, and society
  • Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
  • Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues
  • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect

* Culture includes ethnicity, racial identity, economic level, family structure, language, and religious and political beliefs, which profoundly influence each child’s development and relationship to the world.

NAEYC (2005) Code of Ethical Conduct & Statement of Commitment. Reprinted with permission

Code of Ethics (English)

Código de Conducta Ética


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