Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

Three local or state organizations or communities of practice that appealed to me are:

1.) -National Association for the Education of Young Children

I choice this organizations because it the best at promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.

Job opportunity that I would be interested in with NAEYC is:

-Director, Quality Improvement and Program Support

Skills and experience that you would need:

-Maintain an ongoing connection to the data collection work

-Director of Quality Improvement is responsible for quarterly reporting on participation data and for providing data for grant proposals and reports to constituents, funders and the board.

-Create unique opportunity to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate a new portfolio of grants related to educational improvement and equity which may include a specific focus on dual language learners, low-income children, and children of color


I choice this organizations because Tennessee Voices for Children seeks to become a diversely funded, accredited organization providing best practice in advocacy and services for the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families in the state of TN.

Job opportunity that I would be interested in with tnvoices:

-Project Director or Program Manager

Skills and experience that you would need:

-Excellent communication, organizational, problem-solving/creative thinking skills

-Ability to conduct presentations in front of large audiences

-Ability to effectively communicate to various internal and external audiences both in person, and through various electronic media.

-Knowledge of the developmental, mental, emotional, relational, and social needs of children.

-Knowledge of the service area and of resources for parents and young children

3.Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

-I choice this organizations because it the best at promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.

Job opportunity that I would be interested in with Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance  is:

-Early Intervention Eligibility Evaluation Coordinator

Skills and experience that you would need:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies (Child Development), Early Intervention, or related field. Related field means a degree in Deaf Education or Visual Disabilities, Special Education K-12, Elementary /Education, Communication Disorders and Speech Language Pathology. (Social work, nursing, and psychology degrees are not considered related fields.) Three years of experience supervising staff. Previous experience working with/interacting with the Tennessee Early Intervention System. Highly trained to reliability on the BDI-2 NU assessment and able to assess the competency of others conducting the assessment.


Profile of a Volunteer

Choose901 - Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.   I choose to  to highlight the  youth volunteers of Memphis!!!!

Over the last couple of year  that I have been involved with the youth of Memphis  I have found that they have been involved in many programs that have impacted the development of future programs and equity for all students.  One of the issues that the youth programs has been most vocal about is quality education and job training. The youth of Memphis has also been very vocal about changing the policy equity for all students. Have you been to a Rooftop Party at @peabodymemphis yet? The fun starts at 6pm and lasts until 10pm, every Thursday night through August. See live music by @starandmicey tonight! Ladies get in free until 7pm. Enjoy a snack buffet and drink specials See the full lineup at the link in our bio. 📷: @rockmemphislive #Choose901

Using Social Media to Get Connected

Social Media  seems to be the way of life now as we know it. Not only is it use daily but it is becoming  the new way to share information. I see many advocacy efforts on social media.   One major source that advocate us is Facebook.  Below is the example of  the way social media is use to advocate by the Adverse Childhood Experience Foundation



“Advocacy Messages”

Advertising campaign messages that you believe are inspiring

1.All children in Tennessee are safe, healthy, educated, nurtured and supported, and engaged in activities that provide them opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

2. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).



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“My Role as an Advocate.”

  • What motivated you to start advocating for very young children?
    • The one thing that motivated me to start advocating for young children was the smile on kids face when they know they are being heard. To make a child A family feel like we are all equally important.
  • Why is it essential to acknowledge and foster advocacy efforts at the micro as well as the macro level?
    • Although both micro and macro levels are very important in the process of help a family and child. However  working on a micro level we may be working in small setting and maybe working with the parents / children directly. Yet working on a larger level the  family or child maybe receive help years later or after the change of a police or practice.
  • What does it take to be a community leader on early childhood issues?
    • Dedication/ Commitment
    • Passion
    • Core knowledge
    • Innovation
    • Communication Skills
    • resilience
    • Influence
    • respect as an enactment of ethical commitments
    • Believes in qualities and values rather than position
    • professionally developed
  • What resources does it take to be a state leader on early childhood issues?
    • Supporters
    • Stakeholders
  • What tactics or strategies do you use to mobilize others?
    • Influence
    • Relationships
    • Relate-able Communication
    • Awareness
    • Collaboration
  • What advice would you give to someone who was interested in taking a leadership role in advocating for young children and their families?
    • Be  a team player , knowing that you need  parents, the community, stakeholders,  and school. You will need the support from the people who’s willing to stand/fight for the well-being of families and children. This is not a task one can do alone.

Personal Advocacy Reflection

I can’t say that I have one person in mind. However I have a group of people .

The people that work for and partner with the Early Success Coalition are true Advocate for  young children and their families.  This program is a has a goal for  every child in Shelby County, TN. We work to see:

  • All babies are born healthy
  • All children live in a safe and nurturing environment
  • All children are kindergarten-ready
  • All children demonstrate a third-grade literacy achievement

This is a great program for the families and the early childhood programs.

LINK: http://earlysuccesscoalition.com/