Professional Goals, Hopes and Dreams

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Some of the issues we face regarding quality and early childhood professionals are the lack of education and the resources available to fund the overall needs in the early childhood field. In Arizona we have Quality First which “is an effort that significantly improved the quality of many – but not all – early childhood care and education centers and family childcare homes, through a rating system, increasingly sophisticated feedback and incentives. The program also uses scholarships to make early care affordable for some youngsters.”

Retrieved from http://aztownhall.org/resources/Documents/103EarlyEducationFinalReportweb.pdf.

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 “The government has an important role to create an aspirational environment of leadership for the overall system of high-quality early care and education by providing regulatory oversight, coordination, vision, and funding. Ideally, federal, state, county, school district, city, and town governments and tribal governments work together to set goals for early childhood education in the state in order to sew Arizona’s patchwork system into a cohesive quilt. The Arizona Constitution requires that the Legislature provide a general and uniform public education system. As such, the government should prioritize early childhood care and education, striving to make it accessible to all residents, and the community should encourage these goals and stress their importance. Overall, a more targeted role is needed at all levels of government to create a full continuum of care from pre-birth to adulthood.”

Retrieved from http://aztownhall.org/resources/Documents/103EarlyEducationFinalReportweb.pdf.

As I just moved to Arizona 6 weeks ago I am very interested in the issues that we face here in Arizona as early childhood educators. These are some of the issues that are important in all states however, it is wonderful to know that Arizona is committed to bringing about change in the way they support the early childhood program.

 

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In Arizona we have the Arizona Registry that gives early childhood educators the opportunity to share their experience and education and allows others to see your job experience and education. “The Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry (Registry) is a web-based system that enables early childhood professionals and those interested in a career in early education to find and register for professional development opportunities and also to keep a record of their experience, education, professional development and credentials in a central location. It is also used to manage application and enrollment in First Things First College Scholarships for Early Childhood Professionals.” Retrieved from http://www.azearlychildhood.org.

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There is also CDAClass.org.  Which is an “online program meets and exceeds the Council for Professional Recognition’s standards for CDA coursework.” This program is available to all interested early childhood staff and the Arizona Registry has scholarships for these classes that if you live in Arizona you can apply for them. Arizona registry also has scholarships to help with education of college in the early childhood field if you are within the income level.

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Some of my professional goals are:

  • To continue my education to receive my Masters Degree in Early Childhood.
  • Live by and uphold the NAEYC standards. (Found at www.naeyc.org)
  • Always be willing to learn and grow in the early childhood field.
  • Support my families and the children I serve.
  • Support my colleagues and the program I represent.
  • Continue to research and study the theorists and studies conducted on early childhood.
  • Be professional in all I do and say

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My hopes, dreams and challenges are:

  • Teaching classes to future early childhood educators.
  • Stay focused on loving and supporting the families I serve.
  • Continuing to work for Head Start and help bring joy to the community I live in through service and dedication.
  • Continue on toward my doctorate once I complete my Master’s Degree.
  • Health is always a challenge however since I have lost 100 pounds this year my energy and health have improved 100%.

God is my strength and my refuge with his help I can succeed. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy