Three deeply felt learning from this program
- I have learned the importance of collaboration within the workplace and community as it relates to working with children and their families. There are several individuals and groups that believe in my passion for working with young children and families. Working with others is a great way to increase my comprehension, skills, and abilities.
- I have learned the importance of celebrating and identifying diversity in the early childhood field. Each one of my colleagues brought different sentiments and culture to these courses, just as each family conveys their culture to the early childhood programs. Creating atmospheres and spaces where families feel content, respected, valued and welcome is essential to their child’s progress, the creation of non-biased education.
- I have learned the vital value of understanding children and families’ exceptional identities, and how the identities must be fostered and supported in the early childhood education programs.
Long term goal…
One long term goal that I have is to own and operate my own educational learning center. I have always dreamed of opening my own center because I feel like I have more to offer than in the role of the educator. In being owner/director, I will be able to work face to face with the parents, children, and my staff. I will be able to run the center how I want it ran so that everyone will be respected, valued, and welcomed upon entering my center. Although going back to school is not in my near future, I will continue to stay current with the changes in the research as it relates to the early childhood program.
First I have to say we did it!!!! Congratulations to us all. I would like to say thank you to Dr. E for being an outstanding instructor and providing feedback to all assignments. It has truly been a pleasure having you as an instructor once more. You have helped make this course go by a lot smoother than I anticipated. When I wanted to quit and give up, you did not let that happen. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for all that you have done. I want to say thank you to all of my colleagues. It has been a journey throughout the courses. We have become one big family as we have supported one another in our discussions and blogs and even through emails. I pray that as we part our separate ways that each of you will continue to be successful as you embark on your future endeavors. Farewell and God bless.
My contact information:
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“The better you know yourself, the better you can understand your own responses to the children and families you work with” (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010 p. 21)
Derman-Sparks, L., & Edwards, J. O. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).