Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

The three organizations that have appealed to me are as follows:

1. Strongsville Early Childhood PTA (SECPTA)

The SECPTA is an organization that the company I work for works indirectly with. We attend their yearly open houses for the local preschool, kindergarten, and childcare programs. They share information with us throughout the year on events that our parents or educators may be interested in. It is an organization I look forward to building a better relationship with to see what other ways we may work together and benefit each other throughout the year.

2. Positive Education Program (PEP)

The PEP program is another organization that I currently work with. They have representatives come to the center at our or the parents request to help us with behavior, discipline, development issues. They work with both the teachers and the parents to help educate them on different techniques to use with the children to help them better cope in the classroom and/or at home. I plan to continue to work with them as I continue my career in early childhood education.

3. Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

The CAEYC is a professional network that is about improving the quality of services for children and their families as well as the availability of services. They are about advocating not only for the children but also for the professionals who work with young children. They are also working to help expand knowledge and improve skills. I have had no involvement with the organization but I will be looking into it as one to get involved with.

Job opportunities that have interested me are that of a childcare provider, which I have help for the past 17 years working with toddlers. In the past year I have been promoted twice and I now hold the position of Administrator (Director) at the center I currently work at. These are two positions that I have always been interested in and now I have fulfilled both. A third position that I briefly considered looking into is that of a child life specialist. I have worked with a few due to my son’s medical disabilities and at one time I had considered looking into applying for the position.

For that of a childcare provider and Administrator (Director) I have already fulfilled all of the necessary training and educational requirements necessary to hold these positions successfully. For the position of childcare provider you are required to have your high school diploma or GED. You are also required to complete 45 hours of in-service training in your first 3 years and maintain current child abuse recognition, first aid, cpr, and communicable disease training.

For the position of Administrator (Director) you have to hold a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education, social work, child development, or a related field. You must also complete an administrator class within your first six months and maintain all licensing requirements.

For the position of child life specialist you must have a bachelor’s degree, 10 college-level courses in child life or a related subject, a minimum of 480 hours of child life clinical experience under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist who meets certain qualifications. This cannot be paid work experience. Then you must apply to take the certification exam.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tamakio Scott
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 20:07:13

    Interesting! Out of the jobs you listed which one would you prefer?

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    • adpettis4
      Mar 17, 2013 @ 23:46:51

      Honestly I am torn on which one I prefer. I have taught in the classroom with toddlers for the past 17 years and it was not until last June did I start working in the office. I currently hold the position of Administrator and it is great job but there are often days I miss the constant daily interaction with the children. I still get to interact with them but it is not the same as teaching them and seeing the excitement in their faces when the accomplish something new.

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  2. ecsthrumyeyes
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 21:25:22

    April, it looks like you are already collaborating with some great organizations and agencies. I too am a member of the AEYC, just in a different state. It is nice to have agencies that coordinate with centers to help bring aid and information on issues involving behavior and development. Our center is currently working our local head start program to bring in people that will help us with that as well. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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  3. Belinda Floyd
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 15:21:29

    Hi April,
    you have some great organizations. I was not aware of the CAEYC the Clevland Association for the Education of young children. This seems like a great organization that supports the children and the professionals.

    Reply

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