I looked at the communities of practice in my state and county that deal with early childhood education and came up with three organizations. I also chose and international organization with a chapter in Kenya where I am originally from.
The first one was the Northern Virginia Family Services organization (NVFS). This organization is a private, nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of its clients through anti-hunger programs, child placement services, early childhood services, health and mental health services, housing and shelter, intervention and prevention services, legal services and workforce development services. Of the population that they serve, 64% fall below the federal poverty line which is $24,260 for a family of four, 84% live on less than $36,375 and 91% earn less than $48,500 per year. NVFS’ early childhood division is committed to wellness and “embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff” (nvsf.org). The organization runs early head start programs and also provides free services to pregnant women and parents of children ages 0-3 years old in their homes or at the centers. They also run a Head start for the economically disadvantaged children ages 3-5 years old.
NVSF, has many openings for staff members of the various organizations within it. They usually prefer bilingual applicants as the student population is 55% Hispanic/Latino, 16% African American, 14% Caucasian,10% Multiracial/Ethnic and 6% Asian. There were no openings that would fit my skills right now. This organization appealed to me because it’s mission is to ensure the wellness of the whole family. Their website is http://nvfs.org.
The second organization is the National Education Association (NEA). NEA believes that “every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education” (nea.org) The organization focuses on improving the quality of teaching , so that the students can achieve higher standards, making schools safer and ensuring that the students feel safe and their attendance is maximized. I belong to this association and I enjoy the newsletters that outline the various issues that are occurring in the field of education.
The third organization that I chose was the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). “ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation, and advocate for children” (acei.org). This is an international organization with members in many nations including the United States. Their statement of commitment is:
- To promote inherent rights , education, and well- being of all children in their home school and community
- To work for desirable conditions, programs, and practices for children from infancy through early adolescence
- To bring into active cooperation all individuals and groups concerned with children
- To raise the standard of preparation for those actively involved with the care and development of children
- To encourage continuous professional growth of educators
- To focus the public’s attention on the rights and needs of children, and on the ways various programs must be adjusted to fit those rights and needs.(aceai.org)
This organization appealed to me because it mainly focused on promoting better education for educators and those who are in charge of the well-being of the children in their care. I am working towards being an adult education tutor and that is why this organization appealed to me They only had internship positions openings. Their website is http://www.acei.org.
Association for Childhood Education International http://www.acei.org
National Education Association http://www.nea.org
Northern Virginia Family Services http://www.nvfs.org