Saturday, October 14, 2017
UNICEF- I chose this one because their mission is strong and they focus on defending the rights of every child all over the world, in regards to education, to their everyday needs supporting the child in all aspects and I think this is important so that the child can grow healthy and happy.
Save the children- This organization is great and appealed to me because it allows individuals to donate to children who are in need and also you have the option to sponsor a child that is in need which helps focus on a specific child and giving solely to them and this is amazing and a different way of helping them.
ISSA (International step by step association)- This organization appealed to me because it focuses on the child's quality care and education and helping the child to reach their full potential as they need to with healthy environments for success.
Head Start Child development and Education Specialist:
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start – State Preschool Program, has two immediate openings for Head Start Program Development Specialists. Our Head Start – State Preschool Program is the largest in the nation and contracts with 17 delegate agencies to provide services directly to children from birth to five years old and their families within diverse communities throughout Los Angeles County.
The Head Start Program Development Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of ERSEA processes and procedures, which includes community assessment and eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance; maintaining accurate program development and planning information; and reviewing monitoring data to ensure program compliance. The incumbent in this position will also be responsible for collaborating with representatives from outside organizations to improve the outreach and recruitment process for eligible Head Start families.
Monday, October 2, 2017
NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children) - This is probably one of the highest in early childhood education, the reason I chose this one is because it is focused solely on the growth and development of young children from birth to age 8. They have a clear and focused mission on promoting high quality education for young children.
NEA (National Education Association)- This organization is focused on the advancement of public school education and the reason I chose it was because I feel it is an important organization and I feel that advancing public school is important because I went to public school and saw so many things that we lacked and I feel all children should have an equal opportunity for quality education all over the world.
NCCA (National Childcare Association)- This one stuck out to me because its mission is to support policies that are beneficial to children, such as Equal opportunity, funding, regulations and Early childcare in general.
Job Opportunities in The field:
Head Start Child Development & Education Specialist
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start - State Preschool Program, has two immediate openings for Head Start Program Development Specialists. Our Head Start - State Preschool Program is the largest in the nation and contracts with 17 delegate agencies to provide services directly to children from birth to five years old and their families within diverse communities throughout Los Angeles County. The Head Start Program Development Specialist is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of ERSEA processes and procedures, which includes community assessment and eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance; maintaining accurate program development and planning information; and reviewing monitoring data to ensure program compliance. The incumbent in this position will also be responsible for collaborating with representatives from outside organizations to improve the outreach and recruitment process for eligible Head Start families. The Well Qualified Candidate Will Possess the Following Knowledge • Methods in assessing and evaluating the quality and delivery of child development services • Related local, state, and federal regulations • Child development with an emphasis on social emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children in infancy and childhood • Ethics in relation to child and family-child development • Staff development and in-service methods and techniques • Early learning and parenting curricula • Community resources including family support services, emergency and crisis services, and child protective services • Cultural differences that influence parenting skills and family environments • Qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques • Operations of applicable computer hardware and software as related to report writing, record keeping and analysis. • Confidentiality of records Competencies: • Professional & Technical Expertise - Applying technical subject matter to the job • Analyzing & Interpreting Data - Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative and/or qualitative data • Critical Thinking - Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims • Decision Making - Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner • Legal & Regulatory Navigation - Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations • Using Technology - Working with electronic hardware and software applications • Adaptability - Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires • Oral Communication - Engaging effectively in dialogue • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing • Professional Impact - Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization • Relationship Building - Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships • Group Facilitation - Enabling constructive and productive group interaction • Cultural Proficiency - Modeling communication and interaction that respect and include all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions and culturesRequired Education and Experience Education: A bachelor's degree with major coursework in child development, early education, education, educational psychology, or a closely related field from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, with an additional 40 hours of training on topics related to early learning and development such as:: CLASS certification, Environmental Rating Scales, prenatal development, parenting, families in poverty, children's literacy and social-emotional development, Creative Curriculum, DRDP A master's degree is desirable. Experience: Three years of child development experience in a multi-disciplinary setting, including at least two years' experience in administering and/or coordinating comprehensive child development programs or child development departments in a Head Start program or similar agency providing services to low-incomevfamilies. One-year experience assessing quality in early learning settings using research-based assessment tools. Additional Requirements: Certification as a Teachstone CLASS™ reliable observer is highly desired. A valid California driver's license, proof of insurability, and the availability of private transportation or the ability to provide transportation between job sites is required. Selection Process Candidates who meet the minimum requirements above, will be invited to participate in an examination that may consist of Traninig and Experience evaluation (T&E), Performance and Structure Interview examination.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Advocates for diversity- This intrigued me because its a group focused on inclusion with diversity and sustaining that inclusion. I am a huge advocate for diversity already so this stood out to me
Early Childhood- This one stood out for the obvious reasons of early childhood. It focuses on children and their education and everything that comes with that. I know that there are many challenges in the field and issues that need to be addressed so working with like-minded individuals to accomplish those goals and getting ideas and inspiration is something I would want.
Research and Evaluation- I chose this community of practice because research and evaluation isn't my strong point, I'd love to gain tips and see how others go about their research and evaluations to see what works for me.
Job Opportunities for me:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
I want to say a special Thank you! to all of my colleagues and teacher for making this class such an amazing experience for the feedback and insights provided they have definitely allowed me to retain great information to push forward in this field. I want to wish you all much success in you future endeavors and finishing here at Walden it was a pleasure to work with you in learning so much!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
- Share your reaction to the topic of the sexualization of early childhood.
- Provide three or more examples, from your personal or professional experience, that further illustrate the exposure of young children to a highly sexualized environment.
- Explain the implications this may have on children’s healthy development. Include ideas you might have, as an early childhood professional, to best respond to these concerns and to reduce the negative impact on children.
- Describe the ways in which your awareness of the sexualization of early childhood has been influenced and/or modified by studying the topic this week.
I wasn't as aware of the sexualization in early childhood as much before this week. I didn't really think about the long term affects it can have on a child. But reading the resources this week really opened my eyes to the topic and ways to limit the exposure in a negative light to children.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
I have never really personally experienced any "isms" in my own life There are a few that i could experience as I go on in this Journey in the early childhood field. One could be racism I am an African american woman and I know that living in California there are many different races and classes of people, and not everyone here is accepting of people from different races I have noticed this to be much more with older individuals because they do come from a different time. While working in the early childhood field There could be certain parents or children who are not as open to people of different races and that could pose a problem with me as an educator.
When working with children and families it is important to gain and build a working connection because that is the foundation to teaching and working to help the growth of the child. If I were in a situation of racism I feel I would be extremely uncomfortable and distant from the children and families and It would affect how I do my work. It would also be very distracting to think about and work with and that could affect the other families and children that I work with. I do hope I never have to go through any situation like this, but it is a possibility it could happen working in a field that is as culturally diverse as the early childhood field. This is why it is important for myself to be open and to work diligently to connect and find ways for families and children to trust me and be open with me. Knowing my passion and expressing that to them and how it will impact the children can help to get the families to working with me positively towards a common goal of the child's healthy growth and development.