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

Impacts on Early Emotional Development

This week I explored Libya. Libya total population is 6,154.6 with an average of only 129 births per year. The literacy rate for males and females between the ages of 15- 24 years of age is 99.9 % (UNICEF). Also, Libya has an ongoing conflict and political instability because children are deprived of access to the basic goods and services they need to realize their rights (UNICEF).

Education is very important to the students in Libya because for many it is their safe place and it gives them hope. However, with all the conflict and war school ended for months and luckily now over 1.2 million Libyan children were able to return to school after months of conflict (UNICEF).

During my research Minister of Education Suleiman Sahli stressed the importance of creating a holistic and inclusive education system. Children must become active participants in the learning process, he insisted.

Lastly, I enjoyed my trip around the world and was very happy to learn that children love getting an great education no matter where they are and school for many is their safe place and it is important they children be surrounded by caring adults.

Thanks for reading,

Lanetta

References

UNICEF website located at http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/

Sexualization of Early Childhood

 

My reaction to the topic of sexualization of early childhood was WOW! As a mother of two daughters ages seven and three my mind was blown away with some of the statements and actions of children and teens. However, I don’t believe that this will end and in fact I believe it will get worst because SEX SALES and it’s all about the money.

Children growing up today are bombarded from a very early age with graphic messages about sex and sexiness in the media and popular culture (Levin & Kilbourne, 2010). Three examples from my professional experiences that illustrated the exposure of sexualized environment is during sprite week and the kids participate in pajama day many children especially the girls are ask to change their clothes due to their pj’s were very inappropriate because of the fitting and wording of the shirts and bottom (i.e. It’s a picture of a lamp but the wording states Please don’t be a one night stand). The second one is the cutting of jeans and were they are cut. Now, trending in the world of fashion is cut jeans which at times show more than the knee and in many cases at school I see buttocks and thighs which are also very inappropriate for school. Thirdly, children are assuming profanity and public affection is passable.

Nevertheless, children are paying an enormous price for the sexualization of their childhood (Levin & Kilbourne, 2010). My parents use to always tell me and siblings don’t rush to be a grown up because you will miss out on a lot of great things rushing your life away.

Lastly, I believe that the most important way to help children of today is to truly understand that children have always been curious about sex and sexuality from an early age, and it is good for parents and schools to give them honest and age-appropriate information (Levin & Kilbourne, 2010).

Thanks for Reading,

Lanetta