Effective Advocacy Message

This week I had the opportunity to visit United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization website. I was truly amazed at all the resources available from around the world. Three insights I received from this website as it relates to my professional’s goals in the Early Childhood Education field is (1) Education for All, (2) Communities, (3) Sustainable Development.

I agree “The Education for All (EFA) should be a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults (UNESCO, 2016). I also, believe that every child in the world should have and be given the right to have a high quality education and it should be available, and affordable around the word.

Furthermore, my second professional goal is to be a great asset for ECE (Early Childhood Education) within my community. I was delighted to see that UNESCO believe the same by stating “UNESCO’s partners and use information by communicating technology to exchange knowledge to the community.” I think it is very important to educate the community and provide resources to help meet the needs of children and their families from an educational stand point.

Lastly, I define quality as anything that can sustain the test of time. In the field of early childhood education professionals have to be ready to wear many hats because educators play many roles that require a person to be strong. We must teach and learn methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development to reduce risks factors such as poverty and disaster (UNESCO, 2016).

Reference List

UNESCO. 2016. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved from: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/strengthening-education-systems/early-childhood/

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My role as an early childhood professional may be viewed to you and many others as a person who babysits. However, that is far from the truth. Children must have basic needs met in order for learning to occur (Laurate Education, 2015). I myself and the other early childhood professionals who are attending this conference is here to enhance our ability to teach children and prepare them for life. I would also like for you to know that early childhood professionals are more than just a caring adult who provides a safe environment for children to learn and grow. We develop relationships with parents because the family plays the most important role in educating children -Martin Luther’s. Did you know that studies have proven quality programs increases young children’s ability to benefit from elementary and secondary education? (Laureate Education, 2015).  A philosopher by the name of John Dewey stated that “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”  And this I know is a little cliché but children are our future and I am proud to play a role in shaping it. I hope you have a Wonderful! day and remember that early childhood professionals are Not Babysitters.

References:

Laureate Education (Producer). (2015d). Early childhood education history and theory [Interactive media]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education(Producer). (2015). Sectors in the early childhood field [Interactive media]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Time Well Spent

Wow! I can not believe this is the end of my journey. It has been an amazing experience. I came in with one frame of mind and I am leaving with a clear understanding of what it takes to be a Early Childhood Advocate. Three deep felt learnings I have gained from this program is how to be a strong Leader, the importance of Communication, and how to develop a Community of Support who share the same vision. One long-term goal is to continue my education by obtaining my Doctorate and becoming a professor of Early Childhood Studies.

Thank You to all my  professors for pushing me to do my best and believing in me. Thank you  Colleagues for your support since the very beginning. I hope each of you keep your challenge alive and never give up on our children because they are our future.

Peace and Joy,

Lanetta

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

Conducting research or gathering information to support high quality care is beneficial. Three international organizations that appealed to me and why I chose them are; The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER)The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life. Retrieved from http://nieer.org

The world of Early Childhood is changing and is important we keep up with current and pertinent information as it applies to Educators and students. 4. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF)is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. Like myself, they believe in providing children with a bright future by attending to their early years. Early intervention services and advocacy is important when ensuring all children are provided with the rights to the opportunity to learn. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. Retrieved from http://www.unicef.

CSSA job opportunities include National T.E.A.C.H. TA Center Higher Education Project Manager.($46,800 to $70,200). Deliver high quality technical assistance, training and resources to support T.E.A.C.H. states in their efforts to increase student success and to facilitate better articulation of courses and degrees within the states’ higher education systems. Retrieved from http://www.childcareservices.org

Thanks for Reading,

Lanetta

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

This week  assignment was to explore national organizations and federal agencies to help imagine myself in a variety of jobs that foster the well-being of children, families, and the early childhood field.  I never even considered looking for positions on this level and I  can see the benefit of looking and being familiar with what is available. I will share a few that I looked at with the missions of each organization or agency. I came across and organization by the name of “The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)” which works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. Many the jobs required a bachelor’s degree and a master’s is preferred.

My second organization that I came across was “The National Child Care Association (NCCA)” this organization supports policies that are beneficial to children. The position all require a bachelor’s degree and their home base is in Washington D.C.

Lastly, I was excited to come across an organization that I am currently using within my capstone which is “Zero to Three” this organization provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development. The jobs position that caught my eye was early childhood specialist which required a Bachelor’s degree but a Master’s degree in Early Childhood was preferred.

References

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (n.d.). http://www.naeyc.org/

National Child Care Association. (n.d.)., from http://www.nccanet.org/

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. http://www.zerotothree.org/

Exploring Roles in The ECE Community

This week I had the opportunity to actually start the process of finding a job which I have been pushing off but since my degree is almost finished I am happy that my last class forced me to do this:

Three jobs in my community that appealed to me the most are listed below:

  1. Daycare Director- This captured my eye because hopefully one day I would be able to have my own daycare and I believe this job would give me the experience to see how to run and operate a daycare without the ownership. Job requirement was a Bachelor’s degree but Master’s preferred in Early Childhood Education.
  2. Part-Time Adjunct Professor at a Community College in Early Childhood- This job was my favorite because I want to be a professor But I need it to be FULL-TIME. The job requirement was a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  3. Pre-Kindergarten Teacher- This position captured my eye because I LOVE to Teach Children. The requirement for this position was a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (K-6) or Early Childhood Education.

Lastly, three CoP’s that appealed to me are listed below because these are all highly recognized service clubs where key leaders in my community come together weekly to help improve the lives of children. To be a part of each of these groups one must be invited by a club member along with completing a application. Once the application is submitted is reviewed by the board and voted on to join.

  1. International Kiwanis Club
  2. Youth Leaders Unite
  3. International Rotary Club

Thanks for reading,

Lanetta

 

Farewell

All I have is sweet memories of each of you through this journey. I wish each of you success and the drive to keep pushing. To be honest this was my favorite class thus far. I have too many hopes to share but I’ll limit myself to one which is to ensure that anti-bias curriculum fit the need of every child and to help every child living in poverty.

Keep Pushing Colleagues it’s Almost Over,

Lanetta