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One of the major lessons I learned throughout this course is the fact that my thoughts of lack of equal access to quality daycares in New Orleans was not exaggerated, and that it really is a big problem within my city. Discovering the overwhelming percentages of families who cannot afford the high-quality programs they deserve has motivated me to truly try to tackle this statistic as an Early Childhood professional.
Another thing I learned were all of the resources and programs that are in place to increase the quality of Early Learning centers. Some of which include the T.E.A.C.H program, Agenda for Children, NAEYC, Stand for Children, and the Association for Early Learning Leaders.
A third truth that I have learned is that collaboration is a major source of help when trying to complete a plan. The discussions we have had as a class have really opened my eyes to a lot of different views and have supplied me with ideas and additional resources to look into throughout this process. Without the input of fellow classmates as well as Dr. Embree, my capstone would have had a different turnout, but I am proud of what it became. I will take the thought that working together will always take you further than trying to do everything along. Team work makes the dream work!
My long-term goal is to open a “chain” of nurseries dedicated to infants through one-year olds. I want to be a place that gives parents, especially new parents, a peace of mind while they have to be away from their babies. I want them to enjoy low student to teacher ratios, a clean and sanitary environment and a calm and serene atmosphere. I would also want to open just one full age daycare that would accept one-year olds through the age of four. I want to have a brand that people recognize, seek out, and are overall pleased with.
It is crazy to feel as emotional as I feel right now. When I embarked on this journey I could only dream of the day when I would complete it and look forward to having my degree in my hand, and that day is almost here! It has been a pleasure to interact with all of my classmates during this term and it is truly special to have witnessed some of you grow from the beginning of this program to the end. It has been such an amazing experience to learn of so many new ideas and various thoughts regarding our field. I just want to thank each of you for your help and input and I wish all of you well on your professional journey from here on out. We are a motivated and optimistic group and for the sake of the betterment of this field, I truly hope that all of your dreams come true! Good luck to all!
Dr. Embree, you were such an amazing help and guide throughout this curse. Without your guidance and suggestions, I would have never built such a strong capstone as I was able to. Your feedback, even when I was emailing you two or more times a day, was always responded to quickly and showed me which direction I should take. THANK YOU for always being accessible and thorough with your explanations and expectations, I owe my success in this course to you and the most high because Lord knows there were a lot of praying nights! I am so happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that you continue to make a difference in the life of Early Childhood professionals because it means the world! Thank you again.
Much success and lots of love to all of you,
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