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What’s Behind Your Title?
Most early childhood professionals know and support the idea that well-
trained teachers who continue learning throughout their careers provide
better-quality education and care for infants. Although it is not necessary
to have a degree or certification—I’ve seen some amazing teachers without
them—even highly credentialed infant teachers can improve with further
education. I suggest starting with the CDA or Child Development Associate.
With that said, what’s behind your title? If I asked you to take out your busi-
ness card, what would I find at the end of your name? I know—you’re think-
ing, “I don’t even have a business card.” But if you did, what would be behind
your name? Circle the best answer below.
Nothing If you circled the word Nothing, that’s not true. And even if you circled the
majority of the degrees listed, I have an honorary degree for you all, an NDS.
You are a neurodevelopmental specialist. Someone who helps develop the
brains of infants. Really.
Early Childhood Field, Inc.
An NDS for You
You are . . .
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A Neurodevelopmental Specialist
An Early Childhood Professional, NDS
(your name here)
Anywhere there is a child town, throughout
1.800.000.0000 ______, NDS
the world 01234-5678
The Role of a Neurodevelopmental Specialist, NDS
Get those 100 billion brain cells moving.
Have real conversations with children.
Play with children.
Read to children.