Sunday, July 22, 2012

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

Georgia Department of Public Health:  Babies Can't Wait
Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development. Additional information about IDEA and national efforts supporting the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the law is available through the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency administering the Babies Can't Wait Program in Georgia. The Division ensures that:
  • services are provided in accordance with federal guidelines;
  • families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their child's development; and
  • training is available to ensure that professionals who work with children and families have up-to-date information.
Babies Can't Wait is administered through 18 District offices throughout the state. Through the 18 offices, children and families in every county in Georgia can access early intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to Babies Can't Wait. In order to refer a child to BCW for an evaluation, contact the district office which serves the county in which the child and family reside. You may use the Children and Youth with Special Needs Coordinator Contact List for information on how to reach local Babies Can't Wait Programs.



NEA Is Committed to Improving Early Childhood Education

High quality early childhood education represents one of the best investments our country can make. NEA believes it's a common sense investment we can't afford to pass up. NEA recommends, among other things:
o    Free, publicly funded, quality kindergarten programs in all states.
o    Mandatory full-day kindergarten. Just 14 states require school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. 
o    Optional free, publicly funded, quality "universal" pre-kindergarten programs for all three- and four-year-old children whose parents choose to enroll them. Three states are moving toward such a program - Georgia, New York and Oklahoma.
o    Federal funds to make pre-kindergarten programs available for all three- and four-year-old children from disadvantaged families. State and local governments should provide the additional funds necessary to make pre-kindergarten available for all three- and four-year old children.
o    Dedicated funding for early childhood education. Public schools should be the primary provider of pre-kindergarten programs, and additional funding must be allocated to finance them in the same manner as K-12 schools.
Early Childhood Director
To provide leadership and supervision across all areas of the Early Childhood programs. Directly supervise staff – education, social service, support, etc. Providing professional leadership through the following: supporting teachers with lesson plans and curriculum implementation, holding case conferences with social service staff, scheduling in-service training, providing staff development workshops and holding parent meetings.
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
New York State Teaching certificate (preschool, nursery)
2 to 5 years of early childhood teaching experience & 2 to-5 years of supervisory experience
Commitment to Early Childhood Education and proven ability to collaborate and motivate

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

·         At least three local or state organizations or communities of practice that appealed to you, and explain why you chose them

1.      Bright From the Start:  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
2.      NCCP:  National Center for Children in Poverty
3.      GAYC:  Georgia Association on Young Children

I chose these organizations because they each worked independently and collectively with local, state and national organizations to move Georgia closer to meeting and improving early care and education for young children. Efforts have included support of appropriate early learning standards and assessments for young children, accreditation of child care and early education programs, professional development opportunities for those who work with young children, early detection and support of children with special needs and family support programs.

·         Job opportunities (currently available or not) that interest you
1.      Family Advocate
2.      Child Development Specialist
3.      Early Childhood Education Instructor

·         Skills and experience that you would need to competently fulfill each of these roles

I will need strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with both clients and colleagues. I will need to be flexible and innovative, in order to work with children and families. I will need my skills learned from taking classes at Walden University