My Personal Research Journey

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I have chosen to research poverty in young children of the state of Arizona where I now reside. I moved to Phoenix Arizona this summer and I am an early childhood educator in the Head Start Program. My children and families mean the world to me and I want to learn more about poverty so I can advocate for the early childhood families and community I serve in. I have worked in the early childhood field for 20 years and have watched young children and their families suffer because of low or no income and poverty. It hurts me to see the devastation that families go through because they don’t feel adequate as a parent because of their lack of education and knowledge. They just want to make ends meet for their families yet many times they feel hopeless because they don’t see a way out.

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Subtopic 1: How are young children affected educationally or social/emotionally when their home has more than 10 people living together? This is a real dilemma in Arizona. I visited several families who have their family and their extended family living within one home or apartment. There were mattresses against the walls and there were no more than one or two rooms and a bathroom. There are many emigrants in Arizona and they are just trying to keep a roof over their head and have food to eat. There is a wonderful website called “Homeward Bound” where they are making a difference in Arizona by helping families make a change in their lives from being homeless.  There data for the year 2016 was amazing. They served 410 of which 147 were adults and 263 were children. Out of those 147 adults 80% now earn a steady income and 69% graduated and received permanent living accommodations.  I encourage you to go to this site and read more about their amazing work they are doing (Homeward Bound, 2017). Children who live in poverty are more apt to fall behind in school. Children who live in big households are more susceptible to health related hazards which can lead to sporadic attendance in school. (Driscoll, Nagel, 2010)

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Subtopic 2: Explore the differences in kindergarten readiness between children in Head Start versus children not in child care. One of the sites I will be researching on kindergarten readiness is “Rhode Island Kids Count” where there were 17 states that from the years 2001 through 2004 that developed an all-inclusive set of school readiness indicators to give a course of action that benefited young children and their families (Roade Island kids count, 2005). I chose this website because Arizona was one of the states that participated in the study. There is also a wealth of information to study on this site.

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Subtopic 3: Nutrition

Many young children fight malnutrition around the world. Yet we can even find young children in our own communities that are suffering from malnutrition. As an early childhood educator I even see it in my own classroom. Children aren’t eating right and many times are lacking the nutritional value in foods that help a body grow big and healthy. Why is this happening in our communities and throughout the world. One of the websites I plan on researching is Orphan Nutrition who recognizes the need of proper nutrition is critical to a child’s growth and development (Orphan Nutrition, 2017). I will also research UNICEF USA and their website on childhood malnutrition because they work with families and children all over the world that are suffering from malnutrition.

A few days ago Samba Keita, 8 months, was in intensive treatment of severe malnutrition in URENI of Kangaba hospital. Today, he is completely healed.

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As I continue on my personal journey of researching poverty this next 6 weeks, I encourage each of you to feel free to share resources and stories on poverty and its effects on young children and families. Each of us early childhood educators has knowledge and experiences to share. I look forward to hearing from each of you. I am excited to continue on my quest and learning how to research and gain knowledge so I can advocate for the families I serve. Have a marvelous week!



Homeward Bound, (2017). Creating pathways out of poverty. Retrieved from

Driscoll, A., Nagel, N.G., (2010) Paenting and families. Poverty and the effects on

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Rhode Island Kids Count, (2005). Getting ready. The school readiness indicators

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Orphan Nutrition, (2017). A child’s best start. Understanding malnutrition.

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UNICEF USA, (2017). Child survival. UNICEF works to give kids a healthy start,

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3 thoughts on “My Personal Research Journey

  1. Hi Tammy,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog and the information that you provided was well written. More individuals should advocate for children and families who are suffering from poverty. Most people would think that the individuals are lazy not realizing that the families are in need of a helping hand but are too proud to ask for it. People should not be so quick to be judgmental of others but rather make an effort to see if they could be of any type of assistance to them. I like each of your subtopics and I know that whichever one you choose it is going to be not only informative but thought provoking as well. Your blog was great and I am looking forward to reading some more in the following weeks. Keep up the great work.


    1. Hello Barbara,
      I appreciate you responding to my blog posting. I believe in families and as families we all go through a rough road sometime in our lives. If only someone was there to help support us through those times. My life has had many obstacles yet with God’s help I became a stronger person. I just want to help others know that someone cares and wants them to make it through. Have a marvelous week!


  2. Hello Tammy,
    Great BLOG! You are a great blogger. Poverty we have to be aware of in our own towns but as an advocate for young child I try and help as many families as possible. In my small town word of mouth is a powerful tool and having the knowledge and resources is helpful to help those in need. Keep up the great work!
    Melodi Cashio


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