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Roles in the Early Childhood Education Community

I explored many site related to the field of early childhood education. There are so many local, state, and federal organization, agencies and communities of practice dedicated to children. It is clear the value that has been rightfully placed on early childhood education. Below are three organizations I felt at some point in my career I would like to become a part of, to continue to support quality education for children from outside the classroom.

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

http://www.ct.gov/oec

This organization has been growing sine 2013 to improve early childhood programs in Connecticut. They are focused on supporting children’s early development by ensuring policy, funding and services strengthen the role of families, providers, educators and communities they serve. The OEC provide funding, standards, regulations, training, and educational programs for young children. They also provide home visiting services with funding for training to support families with young children.

There were not any employment positions posted at this time. The CT OEC overseas many programs, projects, and grants that may have more employment opportunities in specific areas.

Association for Positive Behavior Support

http://apbs.org

Since 2007 this international organization of professional, family, and consumer members and 12 yearly elected board members have been on a mission to improve support, to reduce behavioral challenges, increase independence, and ensure the development of constructive behaviors to meet life goals through research. The APBS serves as an international forum, hosts yearly conferences, publishes a quarterly newsletter, manages and links website on PBS, engages in policy development, facilitates interactions among members, and works to establish national standards.

To enquire about a committee or leadership opportunities the site provides contact information e-mail Executive Director Tim Knoster tknoster@bloomu.edu or call (570) 389-4081.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

http://www.naeyc.org

National Association for the Education of Young Children began back in the 1920’s, but was not officially named NAEYC until 1964. Their mission is to promote high-quality early learning for all children birth to 8 years of age. There values are expressed in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. Today this is a huge association of about 80,000 members in more than 300 affiliated chapters continue to be dedicated to promoting high-quality early learning. NAEYC puts out a vast variety of publications, host many conferences and events, encourages and support professional development, and influence public policy to improve quality early childhood education.

This is a membership organization that anyone can join and support in a variety of ways through their website. There are also employment opportunities and descriptions listed on the website http://www.naeyc.org/about/jobs/overview

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The Journey Continues

I have added so much to my anti-bias journey throughout this class. Each class has helped me grow closer to my goal of being a true anti-bias educator. My greatest hope is that I never lose sight of the fact “all children need respectful teachers who know how to foster their competency, strengths, and modes of interactions with the world (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010) .” It is my responsibility to support and challenge all children and to help them develop the best of themselves. To do this I must remember, “It is not that we are different that cause the problem it is that we are treated badly because or these differences (Laureate, 2011).” I will support children’s ability to stand up for themselves and others.

Thank you

     Thank you to all for sharing your knowledge and stories with me. You have helped me grow and develop into the anti-bias teacher I desire to be. Thank you to all who have visited and read my blog posts. I have enjoyed reading and growing from you comments and questions. I look forward to continuing this journey through early childhood development together. It is so powerful to see our network of support growing. We must remember we will not always have the answers, we may not always have the confidence, and we will make mistakes, but we must act in the best interest of children regardless.

 

Reference

Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC.

Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Strategies for working with diverse children: Your commitment to anti-bias work. Baltimore, MD: Author