This project had many circumstances that led to it’s creation.
I have been working with preschool aged children for twenty-one years.
In the beginning I was probably like a lot of other people. I genuinely liked little children and felt compelled to spend my time with them. As an eighth grader at Dakota Middle School in Rapid City, I chose to use an elective hour in our English as a second language preschool.
My learning curve has been bigger than I would like to admit. Interacting with children was not something I was hatched knowing how to do. I knew that I was being pulled toward them from somewhere that I didn’t understand, and I wanted to learn and improve.
For those willing to look, there is a lot of information out there regarding teacher education. College courses, CDA programs, numerous books, etc have been created to prepare one for the process involved in providing quality education and care.
What I have found as a challenge is the chasm that exists between the standards for school and child care. Centers open and close every year, employees wander aimlessly from one center to the next, families are displaced again and again. Maybe worst of all is I see highly innovative, creative, intelligent people who do not view themselves as professionals in the world of early childhood education. Professionalism and ambition are four letter words in this industry. Professionalism and ambition must become part of your bag of tricks, or your centers and your teaching teams may fail from the inside out. It is possible to be student focused and still professionally ambitious.
Early Education Plantation is a blog community providing resources, dialogue, and connectivity for those interested and invested in the Early Childhood Education environment in South Dakota. This includes general community members, parents, staff and owners of childcare centers, in-home daycares, and anyone with an opinion to share. When you become a subscriber, you will receive weekly blog updates, email content, free Ebooks, and access to exclusive podcasts with interviews you want to hear!
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