1st Edition

How the Roles of Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Came To Be Marginalized The Influences of Gender and Race, Developmental Psychology, and Public Policy

By Stacie G. Goffin Copyright 2025
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines how the intersecting influences of gender, race, developmental psychology, and public policy affect the development, status, and standing of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as a field of practice. In order to understand how ECCE has been externally and internally marginalized—in public esteem, research attention, and compensation and valuation of its workforce—Goffin traces the field’s origins and its evolution over time. Focusing on early childhood caregivers and educators, the book calls attention to the racial and gender makeup of the field, its reliance on psychology, and the role of public policy in its contribution to the field’s low prestige. Each chapter emphasizes how these four interwoven influences have shaped early childhood care and education as a practice. This work is ideal for early childhood care and education graduate faculty, graduate students, educators, and caregivers who want to know more about their history.   


    1. The Roles of Early Childhood Caregiver and Early Childhood Educator Came to be Marginalized: Why It Matters  2. Gender’s and Race’s Lasting Influences on the Roles of Early Childhood Caregiver and Early Childhood Educator  3. Early Childhood Education’s Commitment to Developmental Psychology And Public Policy’s Contributions to a Field of Disconnected Practitioners  4. An Early Childhood Care and Education System Resistant to Change: Where Does Early Childhood Care and Education Go from Here?








    Stacie Goffin is the Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group, and a former preschool teacher of children with special needs and an undergraduate and graduate faculty member. Stacie has worked with local and state organizations, philanthropy, governments, and national organizations. She has led and/or facilitated multiple change initiatives of significance, including the redesign of NAEYC’s early childhood program accreditation system, leading to development of the field’s first national program standards. Her efforts have led to changes for policy, programs, and practice, as well as organizational development.  


    "I am chomping at the bit for people to read this book so we can discuss it! Goffin guides us through a careful examination of early care and education’s history while challenging us to build a cohesive field of practice for our future. Truly a must read for early care and education practitioners, researchers, policy makers, advocates, and funders – and once you read it, let’s talk!" 

    Ariel Ford, Director, Division of Child Development and Early Education for NC Department of Health and Human Services, USA. 

    "With extraordinary honesty and care, Stacie provides us with a detailed roadmap of the decisions, actions, and influences that led to our field’s diminished standing and the marginalization of early childhood caregivers’ and educators’ roles. I only hope that we as a field can be as bold moving forward as Stacie is in writing How the Roles of Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Came To Be Marginalized."

    Kim McClennahan Means, Founder and Managing Partner, Avoca Consulting, LLC and former Associate Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), USA. 

    "Once again Stacie Goffin raises her clarion voice to remind ECCE Policy advocates of the history of our field of practice, and out complicity in creating our current, marginalized, state of being. She also guides us toward possible patwhsy forward that will lead to dynamic systemic change."

    Maurice Sykes, Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute, USA.

    "Stacie Goffin is the perfect guide to take us on this detailed trip through our field’s history and frank assessment of how we became and remain marginalized and fragmented. No stranger to a tough topic, Dr. Goffin creates another must read using her signature blend of sharp analysis and thoughtful reflection. Never afraid to ask hard questions or dive into messy problems, Dr. Goffin does some essential excavating, organizing, and scrutinizing on all of our behalf. For any of us who care about the state, quality, and progress of the early childhood field, this book is for you.  It equips all of us – advocates, allies, educators, caregivers, faculty, quality and workforce professionals, and more – with a deeper understanding of the forces that have shaped us, both externally and internally. Instead of simply accepting where we are, Goffin challenges us to boldly move forward to reshape our future and hopefully jolt us well beyond the marginalization we have experienced, and often accepted, for far too long. It is because she believes so deeply in the work of early childhood care and education, the bountiful potential of children, and the wisdom and value of educators that she is so deft at presenting the challenge while also championing those it impacts. I end this book feeling more enabled and empowered to contribute to substantive and systemic change. Armed with a deeper understanding of our history and the consequences of our fragmentation, we can serve as more effective change agents and, as Dr. Goffin puts it, 'step forward on behalf of the field’s future.'"

    Rachel Robertson, Chief Academic Officer, Bright Horizons, USA.


    "How the Roles of Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Came To Be Marginalized offers a groundbreaking exploration of the historical underpinnings and key internal and external factors shaping the roles of early childhood caregivers and educators. By meticulously documenting this history, the book provides a vital starting point for addressing existing gaps and making information decisions regarding the future of early childhood education (ECE) and practitioner roles. Its insights are essential for policymakers, educators, researchers, and anyone invested in advancing the ECE agenda. I highly recommend incorporating it into college curricular as a foundational text, offering invaluable context for understanding current issues and opportunities in the field. This book isn’t just informative — it’s a catalyst for meaningful action and progress in early childhood education role clarification."

    Linda Hassan Anderson, Retired Executive Leader, NIA & Association, Inc., USA.

    "How the Roles of Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Came to Be Marginalized is a must read for administrators, teacher educators, teachers, social workers, parents, and anyone interested in providing the best possible early education for our youngest children. This valuable resource explains how race and gender, the field of developmental psychology, and public policy have acted and interacted over many decades as external culprits in the marginalization of early childhood caregivers and educators. Also included are internal factors, within the early childhood community, that have eroded the agency of early childhood caregivers and educators. The book does not stop there, though. It provides a blueprint of where we go from here as early childhood caregivers, educators, and advocates to become change agents and develop more autonomy and control over early childhood care and education as a field of practice. I highly recommend this source without any reservations." 

    Jerry Aldridge, Professor Emeritus Curriculum Instruction, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

    "Stacie Goffin has been, and continues to be, one of the go-to guides when it comes to developing and understanding policy and practice in early years. The arrival of her latest work could not be more timely. As childcare reform rises up to the political agenda once again, this is a must read for both policy and practitioner audiences."  

    Tony Munton, Managing Director, The Right to Know Ltd., UK.