Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time Well Spent!!

This program, as a whole has been such a great educational journey for me, rom the foundation of early childhood education, on down to the capstone project. I have had the pleasure of becoming familiar with some of the most insightful features that contribute to the making of early childhood. Understanding that Early Childhood programs cater to serving children and families with fair and equal treatment, Equity has become one that I have learned to take more consideration for, as that families should not be treated any different than the next, regardless of race, skin color, of background, which is what leads to another significant learning that has sparked my interest, in which I have carried throughout this course, Anti-bias education. Anti-bias education, is specifically for the use of disregarding biases in the early childhood field. My definition of bias is the attitudes of individuals that display prejudice and stereotyping of another individual simply because they are not willing to accept the difference of each other. I really enjoyed learning about anti-bias because I have realized how important it is to have such a practice in this field, which compliments equity and person Identity. Speaking of personal identity, which was another great learning for me in this program. As we all know that no two people are EXACTLY the same, we have the right do be comfortable with embracing our own personal identity, as well as giving and receiving respect from others and their personal identities. Learning about Microaggressions was also a great topic to learn about, whereas we as humans can oftentimes say offensives comments to individuals that focuses on their personal identity, race, culture, etc. There were many great topics that were touched on in this program and I hope to carry them with me long-term.

My long term goal is to keep searching for more sources in the childhood education field and learn more about one day being able to become an early childhood professional. Ultimately, I plan to one day put my goals into action one day and work towards my goal in my capstone project.

I have really enjoyed working with all of my fellow colleagues, you guys rocked!! Thank you for all of your help and support. Keep striving for success and move forward. Take care.

Special thanks to Dr. E, you are a true definition of a professor. Thank you very much for always being there when I needed your assistance. From the quick reply emails and the helpful tips throughout my discussions and applications. I wish you well and I am sure you will have this affect on your next group of students, take care.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

The Red Cross Language Bank

The Language Bank at the American Red Cross helps break down language barriers by providing interpretation and translation services for limited English speakers and organizations serving limited English speakers in our community. (Red Cross). The Red Cross is an organization, which can also be served as a community of practice. There are other services that the Red Cross provides, But I happened to make this as a preferred choice because of their commitment of the Language bank= to those of different cultures and speak a different language with limited or no understanding of the English language. I feel that the joining of this organization/COP could be very helpful to the diverse families of early childhood.


The World Bank

The World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Although the World bank is mostly an international organization for those facing poverty, it also provides helpful services of many kinds that help families face obstacles and barriers that are possibly preventing them from the necessary needs to be provided, such as lacking in certain languages or being denied from them because they do not speak a language or cannot speak fluently in that language.


MIUSA-Mobility International USA

I chose MIUSA due to the fact that they cater to children and families of non-native English speakers and ESL (English Second Language) and LD (Learning Disabilities) learners, in attempt to provide equal access. This organization deals primarily with the rights and services of the diverse individuals with disabilities on a national level.


NCN- National Early Childhood Network

That Early Childhood and School Age Childcare services will meet national quality standards with the promotion of children’s health, wellbeing, learning, and development at the heart of policy and practice The Rights of Children – we acknowledge the intrinsic worth of all children and their right to flourish and achieve their own potential.(NCN).  Some of their principles and values are:

Parents – we recognise and value parents and families as the child’s primary educator

Quality – we value those who work to achieve and maintain national quality standards in childhood services and recognise the impact of quality services on the enhancement of children’s health, wellbeing, learning and development. (NCN)

CPD Required training courses are as follows:

The NCN Training Office has a validated programme of training at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications called the NCN Early Years Training Programme. This programme consists of eight modules and is flexible in that a learner can join the programme for as many or as few modules as they need. The programme consists of the following:-

 Programme Module Programme Module Code

Child Development 5N1764

Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770

Early Childhood Education & Play  5N1773

Child Health & Well Being 5N1765

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Special Needs Assisting 5N1786

School Age Childcare 5N1781
I was unable to locate any jobs for these sites, available or unavailable.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level
National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC.
I chose this in particular as a source for assisting to meet the needs of the non-English speaking families I believe contacting the organization, asking for assistance on working with diverse families could help as well. I have also decided on practicing the principles of the “No Child Left Behind Act” to implement my choice of collaborating with individuals for the needs of all diverse families to ensure that needs are properly and equally met.
The NAEYC offers individuals leadership opportunities as follows:
NAEYC’s network of Affiliates provide excellent opportunities for members to participate in activities at the state and local levels. Contact your local or state NAEYC Affiliate for information about service opportunities in your area.

National Leadership Opportunities

Many NAEYC programs offer leadership opportunities as reviewers or consulting editors. In addition, current NAEYC members are eligible to serve in governance as members of the NAEYC Governing Board or the Council for NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children. View current opportunities in the chart below.

Young Professionals Advisory Council

NAEYC formed the Young Professionals Advisory Council in Fall 2015 in order to help us better understand and meet the needs of the youngest members of the profession. Click to learn more and view the full roster. YPAC members serve a two-year term; applications open in July each year. 
U.S. Department of Justice.
(DOJ), is the agency that I chose to refer to in protection of my limited and non-English speaking families and their services. allows you to search for openings by location or keyword. You can also search for openings within a specific Department of Justice agency. Become a My USAJobs Member to post and create a resume, apply to Federal Government jobs, and receive automated job alerts.
Through USA Jobs, the Department of Justice offers multiple positions to be applied for, such as:
Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons   
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)
I decided to adopt the “Child Safety” from the Queensland Government in Australia. The Queensland Government is international organization that offer services such as, the Queensland Multicultural Resource Directory, available through the Multicultural Affairs Queensland website.
I saw no job opportunities for the Queensland Government.
The NAEYC showed no requirements for position, being that all were currently filled from what I could see. and the Department of Justice required applicants to create an account through USA jobs and fill out an application and upload a resume.
(2016, October 19). U.S. Department of Justice. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services Issue Joint Guidance for Child Welfare Systems | OPA | Department of Justice. Retrieved from
(1995, ). National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC. Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. Retrieved from
(2010, ). Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government) - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government). Practice paper: Working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds . Retrieved from

Friday, March 17, 2017

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

Organizations, or Communities of Practice or support of the Culturally and linguistic family

Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education
Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Care Policies and Practice
 Diversity Toolkit - Mississippi Arts Commission
 Mississippi State Department of Health- Cultural and Linguistic Services
Supporting Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners in English Education
Unfortunately, most of the links to these programs are not actual organizations or communities of practice, but happen to offer great sources. as the NAEYC offers special services and information regarding culturally and linguistically diverse families, such as dealing with the issue at hand. The Mississippi State Department of Health happened to be one of my favorites, in which they offer services to culturally diverse families all through the state of Mississippi and each county divided into nine districts. For employment purposes, I read how there are employees who work as language translators for the non-English speakers. If I were to be fluent in speaking another language, I would definitely be interested in a position such as this.
The other links that I located were mostly resources that serve as guides on developing skills for the diverse families and the benefits that may possibly follow. This is the beginning of a long journey for me. I do not feel that I located the best resources for my project, however, I am still searching.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Time Well Spent

         This course has been very interesting and educational for me. I learned things that were simple but hardly recognized and taken for granted, when it was practically right at my fingertips the entire time. Throughout this course and program as a whole, I can recall some of the heartfelt lessons that I would not mind sharing at all. Understanding that working with diverse children and families means not only that we just teach children of different races and cultures for 6 or eight hours a day, but to respect them, love them and accept them for exactly who they are, not matter their identity, sex, age, religion, physical ability or appearance and any other make up about them that makes them difference. I believe that I have adopted the idea of “teaching to strength” mostly because I felt that this was a reversal technique that seems to reap many benefits for the better. As early childhood educators, why not learn to remember and speak on more of the accomplishments of the child than failures? “Unfortunately many of our assessment tools work that way, we try to figure out what children don't know so that we can make sure that we can catch up, and we can teach them what they don't know.” (Laureate Education 2011). Secondly, I enjoyed learning how to and the importance of communicating. I have realized how important it is to sometimes sit back and actively listen to children, which can even help you answers question you have in mind without even having to actually ask. Lastly, I felt very intrigued about learning of children with varied disabilities, the discomforts they may possess, along with misconceptions, as well as for other children they come in contact with. From the different scenarios I have read, I have learned how to handle negative situations in these cases to make a positive turnout for both parties.
         I do not think that I can say it any clearer than this, but by describing those three aspects of my learning experience for this program. I hope to be able to someday each and every aspect of those listed above and have the strength, courage and knowledge to influence someone else to do the same as I did, and the same for someone else as well.
         I would like to thank Dr. Pickens for being such a great instructor. Thank you for such insightful messages and compliments throughout my discussions, applications and blogs. I enjoyed your class and I will miss it. To my colleagues, you all REALLY ROCK!! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with each and every one of you. I appreciate your comments and inputs that helped me to broaden my thinking when it came to certain topics. I will miss you all very much!! I hope all is well and I wish you all the best of luck in your future :}
Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Strategies for working with diverse children: Your commitment to anti-bias work. Baltimore, MD: Author

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Impacts on Early Emotional Development

Impacts on Early Emotional Development
UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean
Throughout my life, I have occasionally observed the unfairness and treatments that we have become victims of here in the U.S, only to realize that we are one of the most privileged countries in America, unlike many others. Being young and uneducated on the harsh realities of children and families in other countries of the world, I have gained a new perspective. I am sure many of us have never been outside the U.S. to actually witness how difficult it is to survive in some countries. Gladly, I was allowed the opportunity to choose a country to elaborate on the misfortunes and challenges that would affect the emotional development of children living in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Threats to Child Survival and Development
HIV/AIDS and Children
      According to the UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund). “It is estimated that 68,000 children (less than 15 years) and 740,000 adolescents (15-24 years) are living with HIV. “, which 90% of this infection was passed from the mother (2011). The UNICEF has and is working and providing many services assist in eliminating the epidemic of the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as the awareness and affects of the lives of children.
•strengthening PMTCT services
•providing pediatric treatment
•preventing infection
•supporting children affected by AIDS
•strengthening the participation of adolescents in prevention and intervention activities
•evaluating existing services to determine disparities in access to information and services

(UNICEF, 2011)

         Emergencies, as of Natural disasters can leave a negative impact on the lives of young children. “In a region already prone to natural disasters, the impact of climate change is an additional threat, further endangering the lives of children and families, inflicting an insidious toll.” (UNICEF, 2011). When a young child experiences incidents such as these, it can be quite traumatizing for them. Not being able to fully understand the reason why things of this sort happens to them can leave them in a state of depression, not to mention the possibility of living in poverty, or losing a family member from death or separation.

It always breaks my heart to hear or see that children are facing trials that are usually beyond their control. Thanks for the UNICEF, they have made a way support the children and families as well.

Learning of situations such as these, should make us all become even more thankful than what we are for having what we have, because some have less than us. I pray for these children and families.
UNICEF (2011). Retrieved from:



Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Sexualization of Early Childhood

The Sexualization of Early Childhood
When it comes to inputting on the topic of the sexualization of early childhood, in all honesty, I must admit that I am not shocked at all about the comments and sayings of young children and their exposure to sexuality that society has placed upon them, The most saddening part about this issue is that many of the people and companies that portray images for the sake of children are solely that are responsible for their actions. Sadly, children face so many manipulative perpetrators, who use different hosts in disguise to send subliminal messages of sex, in which they fall victim of becoming familiar with their sexuality at such young ages. "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, 2009).
From a personal perspective, I can recall witnessing how young girls are dressed up by their parents, fashion designers and makeup artists just to be on live television to compete with other young girls. the lengths that these parents go and use their children for entertainment purposes is a sad case overall. the picture above in this post depicts the many enhancements that a child goes through to resemble a "beautiful woman" As you can see, this child looks no more than about nine years old. Television shows nowadays show more physical attraction than ever, even for children. kissing scenes in cartoons are just absurd and possibly give children to impression that it is ok to kiss someone you like. dating scenes with middle school children, give children the idea that they should have a boyfriend/girlfriend. Life is moving too fast with all of the sexual perceptions and children are tying their best to follow the trend.
The impacts on children and the sexualization in early childhood can be lead to very negative impacts, such as accessibility to pedophiles and rape, young girls becoming pregnant too early, and many other factors. when children grow up too fast, they many see the need to run away from home, drop out of school, or possibly become addicted to drugs.
It is very necessary to monitor our children and see that they are disengaged to such sexualization as much as possible. with the high ratings of sexuality among us now, we may see it as impossible to conquer such a task, but speaking with them and guiding them in the right path can be a first step to eliminating such an issue.
Levin, D. E., & Kilbourne, J. (2009). [Introduction]. So sexy so soon: The new sexualized childhood and what parents can do to protect their kids (pp. 1-8). New York: Ballantine Books. Retrieved from: