Chapter 13/ Planning and Administering Early Childhood Program
One of the responsibilities of a director is helping others find a place in this profession of early childhood care and in the education system. “Professionalism!” I think this is one of the keys for a successful program. Professionals possess specialized knowledge, prolonged training, requirements for entry, standards of practice, significant societal need, altruistic, service-oriented, and indispensable service (page 340).
Reading this chapter opened my eyes to two positions in the education system. Individual advocacy – a person(s) working for the children and family. Collective Advocacy - a person(s) working for young children, working mothers, and/or individual with disabilities. I didn’t realize that there are different roles that people plays in the education system. Some advocates will be leaders, advisors, researchers, contributors, and a friend (pages 343 – 345).
It is our duty as administrators and as teachers to advocate for our children in early childhood care and in the education system. Also to give back to this profession we need to always think “Professionalism!”
Seeing Beyond Problems / October 2, 2009
A director needs to see beyond any problems in order to make a program successful or become successful.
In this reading the director started his first six months with difficulty due to staff members quitting and lot of students with behavior problems. This director still believed he can make it work and in the end, it turned out to be a blessing. He hired new staffs that had the same goals as he did. Being more committed in helping students with behavior problems, his program became successful!
"Lesson Learned: Some things just take time. As hard as it is for most of us to accept, most problems can’t be fixed immediately. Take some time, cry a little, and hang on. It will get better."