The very first National Organization I have to pick is NAEYC:
“The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.”
NAEYC is such a dynamic association to be a part of, they demand high quality care and support it through research and practice. I have been able to be apart of several NAEYC accredited child care programs and the experience is different from those without it.
The second organization is the Children’s Defense Fund:
“The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. – See more at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/about/#our-history”
The Children’s Defense fund came out during a stressful time for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. It was led by Marian Wright Edelman who was the first black woman to be a barred lawyer in the state of Mississippi. She stood up for civil injustices in poor families.
The third organization is the National Education Association:
“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.”
Many times we often forget to advocate for those who are practitioners in the field, who are our educators. While we should always advocate for our students we can not forget those who take the task of teaching and leading them.
An opportunity that is available to be a Child Care Trainer in the State of Georgia
Georgia Approved Trainer: trains teachers and other staff in child development centers on various topics such as: injury disease and control, developmentally appropriate practice, diapering and toileting, etc. These trainings are Georgia Approved and can go towards child care center mandated yearly hours for professional development.
Skills to become a trainer:
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
3 years of early care and education experience as documented on a résumé
Training for Trainers I, 40 hours