Identify and discuss strategies which an early childhood educator/leader could use to develop community partnerships to the benefit of the children.
Teachers play a unique role and position due to their profession that they are able to guide and present the students throughout the path of learning and discovery. Mentors, Educators, parents, as well as, communities all play an important role in accomplishing different milestones when regarding the closing of the achievement and literacy gap for the students belonging to different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds in the pursuit of knowledge (M. Faitar, 2011). It has been observed that low socioeconomic status has an influence on the early literacy and educational achievement of the child. Poverty also influences the academic levels of the student and generally have problems in their schools in comparison to middle-class and upper-class students. Moreover, the culture also affects the development and understanding of the education they receive (Kendra, 2015).
Research have shown that the critical time for children for developing foundational capabilities is until 5 years of age of the child since his/her birth. These foundational capabilities are those on which the entire subsequent development of the child builds. This period is the crucial time for the children as the most dramatic progression of the cognitive and linguistic gains are produced. Emotional, moral, regulatory, and social dimensions are also enlaced during the early developmental phase. Hence, each of these areas needs focused attention for the development of the children in an appropriate manner (Individualist, 2009). One such step is the development of the community partnerships for the improvement of the various outcomes of the children.
Community partnerships will help in the positive results for the early childhood services related to their education, school, families, as well as, the community because children will experience better and effective support throughout their early years of childhood. Educators and leaders play a vital role in developing community partnerships. One such approach is that the early childhood leaders and educators could discuss the data based on the development of the children of the community with the stakeholders for engaging them in action to gain help for the improvement of the outcomes of their community’s children. The early childhood educator can raise the awareness and knowledge about the importance of early childhood development with schools, families, and communities.
As the early childhood educators are well expertise in the development of the children and factors influencing it. They are in a well-position for generating the momentum of the community towards improving the developmental outcomes of the children in the local community. Moreover, they can help the communities to effectively understand the concentration and degree of the various developmental vulnerability, as well as, the requirements of the children living in the community. By having a better understanding of the development of the children, early childhood educators, as well as, communities could initiate the examination of the environmental or ecological factors, which may influence the outcomes of the child-development period in their community (Wisneski & Goldstein, 2004). Hence, by these strategies and with the help of a well- expertise early childhood educator, the community partnerships will be developed, which, in turn, would increase the outcomes of the early childhood development.
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Wisneski, D. & Goldstein, L. (2004). Questioning community in early childhood education. Early Child Development And Care, 174(6), 515-526.