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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET FOREWORD | xv there is a seat at the table for everyone who wants to engage. The time has come to align the sophistication required of early childhood educators with the thresh- old of skills and competencies that define an early childhood field of practice. It is up to each of us to envision and create the professional field of practice that ensures that all young children are prepared to be successful in school and in life. R hian E vans A llvin E xecutive D irector N ational A ssociation for the E ducation of Y oung C hildren COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL