Zero to Three Professional Development

While exploring the Zero to Three web site I found many different resources that were pertaining to what we are learning in class right now.  They have a section under the topic tab for advocacy and policy.  They also have a very cool tool under the technical assistance tab.  They offer state policy technical support, which aids policy makers and gives information on states that have made strides in improving their programs and services for families and their children. 

This week I have yet to receive a copy of the Zero to Three newsletter, which bummed me out a little.  I did find an article this week on the web site that I feel supported our learning this week.  The article “Closing the Opportunity Gap for Babies and Families”, provided information about what is happening in our country in regards to families who lack financial or social support.  According to this article, many children before their second birthday are falling behind.  This article presented some ideas of policies and changes that we can make in our country to help our children reach their full potential.  Some of the suggestions that they have in the article are; paid family leave, and increasing funding for quality infant-toddler child care.  The article also did a wonderful job explaining the research on brain development, and supportive relationships in childhood.  I feel that this article built on what we learned last week about poverty and gave some great examples of how children are falling behind and ways that we can support families. 

Zero to Three has many wonderful resources that show how advocates work with research, policy makers and economists to help make an impact on the early childhood experiences for children.  There are resources for states and policy makers to use when they need information as well as technical assistances.  Zero to three works very close with policy makers to have the information necessary to develop policies that will benefit families and their children.

Overall I feel that Zero to Three is a wonderful resource for those who are actively involved in advocating for children and families.  I am still hoping to receive a newsletter soon.

 

Zero to Three web site: https://www.zerotothree.org/

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Poverty around the world

This week I was able to make a few different connections with peers from outside of America.

The first women who I was able to connect with is Cindy Mayled, from Guyra, New South Wales, Australia. 

Cindy told me that she lives in a fairly small town that attracts many people because of the low cost of living.  Many people can afford the rent, even if they are receiving financial aid from the Government.  One of the benefits is that more mothers are able to stay home with their children.  With this in mind she also mentioned that small towns also have their disadvantages.  Fewer jobs and lifestyle choices that can effect health are just a couple examples that can cause negative outcomes for families. 

She mentioned that Australia also has a limited welfare system that has many families living “on the poverty line”. 

I also reached out to two other contacts, but did not hear back from them this week.  Barbra Poppll is from Shanghai, China.  Jane Molle is from Africa.

I found out this week that correspondence via internet can be hard.  One thing that occurred to me today is that we live in different time zones.  I hope to hear from the other two women that I contacted soon, and if I do I will update my post.

This week I also realized that the issues facing children and their families concerning poverty are pretty much the same here as they are around the world.  Because of lack of funding for programs, or the qualifications for poverty are set at such a low level, those needing help do not always get the help that they need. 

Sharing web resources: Zero To Three

Zero To Three

Last week I choose to look deeper into the Zero to Three organization.  I did subscribe to their newsletters, but have not received one yet.  According to their web site, the newsletters contain information about the latest research, advocacy, as well as products and services provided from Zero to Three. 

I was able to explore the web site more this week, and feel that I agree with their mission statement as well as their vision.  The Zero to Three organizations mission statement is to “ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.  The vision of Zero to Three is to see a “society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential”.  Zero to Three was founded in 1977, and work with many different professionals within the medical field, political arena, as well as communities around the globe. 

This week I found a couple of articles that I feel fit our topic for the week.  I did find a few others but could only access them with a paid membership. 

The first article that I found was “Talking to Toddlers about Differences”

Basically it explains that when children are noticing differences in others they are showing you how observant they can be as well as able to notice differences (both are very important skills).  They are also learning very important social skills.  They are learning how to appreciate differences in others, and how to be respectful to these differences.  This article reminds us to validate what the child is saying, and build on what they are saying.  For example if a child notices that another child has a different skin color, you can tell the child that we all have differences in our skin tones, and then compare yours with the child’s.  The article goes on to explain that we should keep our answers simple, and keep the focus on the child’s questions. 

The next article is “Dual Language Development: Double the Benefit”

In this article it address a question from a parent who has a different native language then English.  The parents concern is based in the argument about if speaking dual languages are good for a child, or if they will delay the child’s language development.  The author responded to the parent by saying that by exposing her to both languages she will be able to become bi-lingual before she enters formal education.  The article goes on to say how this will also support the child in learning their cultural identity and a connection to the family history.  The article had some good examples of how you can support a child when they are learning two languages.  They suggest that one parent uses English and the other use the native language, this way the child gets opportunities to practice both languages.  It also reminded the readers that children may have smaller vocabularies but will catch up to their peers.  Children will also at times mix the two languages together, which is normal for bi-lingual children. 

I feel that both of these articles were good in supporting changing demographics and diversity within our society.  I feel that both of these articles would be great resources for educators as well as resources that we could share with parents.

Link for Zero to Three: https://www.zerotothree.org/

I do wish that I had access to more of the articles on this site.  But not too sure if I can afford to become a member.  That would be one of the downsides to this web site, but hopefully I will get a newsletter soon, and be able to explore more of the articles and resources that are available. 

Professional Contacts

Part 1 Establishing Professional Contacts

This week I tried hard to make some contacts, but was unsuccessful.  I could not access the web site for the Global Alliance of NAEYC-access denied.

I then tried to contact numerous representatives through the UNICEF website.  On Monday I sent out two emails (Australia and Namibia) I did get a reply back from the representative in Australia.  She told me at this point they would not be able to help due to lack of funding and staffing issues.  I got a message that the email address was not correct for the contact in Namibia.  I did not give up!

On Tuesday I email three more representatives (Finland, Ireland, and New Zealand) while I did not get an email back from Finland or Ireland, I did get an email back from New Zealand.  A women named Jacqui gave me a couple more suggestions to try. The Early Childhood Education Council and OMPE.  I sent emails to both and have yet to receive anything back.

So, I decided to look at some other options.  I could access the World Forum Foundation, but could not access the World Forum Foundation Radio.  I could possibly use some of the information from the world Forum Foundation for this part of my blog assignment, but cannot access any pod casts.

I also looked at The Global Fund for Children website, which does contain a blog link, and I was also able to access the Save the Children website, which also had some information as well.

At this point I am just wondering how everyone else is doing.  Have you been able to make any contacts?  Was anyone able to access the World Forum Foundation Radio?  Please let me know!

On Friday I joined the pen pal group on Facebook, and Saturday I made a post , still waiting to hear back.

 

 

Part 2 Expanding Resources

I had a chance to visit many of the suggested web site, and found one that I would like to explore more.  The one that I choose was the Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.  I feel that this web site had many opportunities to explore many different topics, and that it would be a very useful tool for me.  While I have used this web site in the past, I never really explored it too much.  I was also thinking that the NAEYC web site would be a great resource as well, but I am a NAEYC member, and have used their web site for years.