The first organization I want to talk about is Agenda for Children. “Agenda for Children was founded to make Louisiana a state in which all children can thrive, by ensuring that the basic needs of children and families are met, that our children are nurtured and well taught, beginning in the early years and continuing through adolescence; that they are protected from harm; and by acting in ways that combat racism and other forms of oppression.” (Our Mission. n.d.). Agenda is the lead agency for NOEEN (New Orleans Early Education Network). “NOEEN is comprised of all publicly funded early childhood care and education providers in Orleans Parish—more than 150 public schools, non-public schools, Type III early learning centers, Early Head Start centers and Head Start centers—serving more than 5,500 publicly funded birth to five-year-old children.” (New Orleans Early Education Network. n.d.).
Being that I work in a publicly funded center, I am able to attend trainings free of that align with curriculums we choose, and various topics about early childhood education. Since I know what good it can do I would like to be a part of this team in order to gain further knowledge of the agency before I open my own business. With that being said, I would like to hold the position of CLASS Coordinator within the Agenda Organization. The system for accountability within our public early education system is the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System). Toddler and Preschool programs must undergo a spring and fall assessment in order to be given a level of proficiency that will be accessed by parents when picking a daycare home. I would want full knowledge of this system and what is expected so that my future center will be up to par.
To become a Class Coordinator the following requirements are needed:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education or related field
5-7 years of industry experience
Experience supervising and coaching
Certified CLASS Observer in at least one age group
Louisiana Pathways Trainer Certification (or eligible to receive it)
Valid driver’s license and transportation
The second Organization I like is the LAECA (Louisiana Early Childhood Association). “The mission of the organization is to increase awareness of the needs of young children and to work for the knowledge and understanding of young children from birth to age eight.” (Welcome to LAECA. n.d.). This organization is associated with the Southern Early Childhood Association and is for parents, teachers and early childhood providers who are dedicated to aiding in the improvement of lives of children from birth to age 8. (Welcome to LAECA. n.d.).
My third area of interest would be to find and join a community of practice for Early Childhood Directors. I could even be the person who started on in the New Orleans area. I think it would be beneficial to all directors involved, as well as their centers, to have a collaboration of professional and educated colleagues who deal with the same issues but may have different outlooks. I really think it could be the beginning of something great for New Orleans as a whole if it were to grow and include directors from all over the city.
While I know of many people that have started small daycares and had them flourish overtime with no previous early childhood experience, the technical requirements to becoming a director are as follows:
Associate or bachelor’s degree (in early education field) for public schools; high school diploma or equivalent for private preschools
Licensure required in most states: most positions require Child Development Associate (CDA) or National Administration Credential (NAC) certifications
Preschool teacher experience often preferred
Communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills (Labor Statistics, U. B. n.d.).
I assume that this is to become a director in someone else’s center, but I do plan to open my own.
Labor Statistics, U. B. (n.d.). Career Requirements. Retrieved January 20, 2018, from https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Child_Care_Director_Step-by-Step_Career_Guide.html
Welcome to LAECA. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2018, from http://www.laeca.org/
New Orleans Early Education Network. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2018, from http://www.agendaforchildren.org/noeen.html
Our Mission. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2018, from http://www.agendaforchildren.org/mission.html