|Due By (Pacific Time)
||11/12/2017 05:30 pm
The NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation were created to provide a “sustained vision for the early childhood field and more specifically for the programs that prepare the professionals working in the field”. These six standards represent a nationally shared vision of early childhood teacher preparation. Accredited educational programs must provide evidence that they meet these standards and provide evidence of “learning opportunities aligned with the key elements of the standards”.
This assignment has been developed in order to introduce the NAEYC Standard for Professional Preparation 6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession. The rationale for this standard and assignment are clearly stated in the Position Statement:
“Because young children are at such a critical point in their development and learning, and because they are vulnerable and cannot articulate their own rights and needs, early childhood professionals have compelling responsibilities” to advocate for young children using their knowledge of development and learning.
Throughout this course and particularly in this assignment, students are learning about ethical issues in the field of early childhood. This assignment ensures that “early childhood candidates demonstrate that they can engage in informed advocacy for children and families and the profession... They are aware of and engaged in examining ethical issues and societal concerns about program quality and provision of early childhood services and the implications of those issues for advocacy and policy change…they demonstrate essential advocacy skills, including verbal and written communication and collaboration with others around common issues.”
This assignment not only measures your ability to organize activities which advocate for young children, but also measures your disposition and understanding toward current trends and issues and the challenges in early childhood education.
Based on this understanding of the importance of advocacy, you are charged with writing a formal letter to a person of influence. This person can be anyone in an official capacity (governor, state senator, mayor, school board, council person, newspaper, head of an organization, etc.) who has the ability to make change for families and the early childhood community. Your letter should advocate for a need or cause that you feel is important for families or the early childhood field. You might feel passionate about the lack of funding for schools, or low teacher wages. You might feel the need to address the lack of public school preschool or early infancy programs. The topic is yours to explore. There are ideas discussed in Chapter 11 of your text under, Ten “Big Ideas” for Early Childhood Advocates.
Your letter should include the following content:
- The cause for which you are advocating.
- Why this is important to you and the community and families.
- What you would like to see done to improve the cause/situation.
- How the person that you are writing to can help.
- Support for your cause.This can be in the form of what the literature says on the subject, parent testimonials, photographs, research, etc. Be sure to use appropriate APA citation where appropriate.
- Concluding statement bringing the letter to a close.
You will not actually send this letter, unless you want to do so. However, the letter should be written as if you were. This means that you should include the sender’s address, date the letter is sent, inside address (that of recipient), salutation (Dear: Senator Lewis) Body (use block or modified block style), Closing (Thank you…. Sincerely,) and any enclosures (documents or photographs).
It is a good idea to keep your letter to one page, so keep your thoughts concise but written in a way to make an impact on the reader. However, visuals such as photographs or charts showing statistics can be added to a second page.