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Reflections of Early Childhood Programs

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Week Five Paper
Write a two-page self-evaluation that reflects back on your personal learning objectives shared in Week One, your participation in class discussion forums, and thoughts on your next steps in the field of early childhood education based on your work in this course.

Reflections on Early Childhood Programs
ECE312: Administration of Early Childhood Ed. Programs


During week three we were discussing our personal vision, mission, and philosophies of an early childhood education program. This to me is when it became increasingly clear to reflect on a quote from our text. Decker (2009.) said, “An effective early childhood administrator or director must be aware of all of the influences and components that contribute to the development of a high-quality program for young children.” Contemplating these issues is something I previously wouldn’t have considered prior to this class. A high-quality educational program that supports students’ development and learning should be the main goal of any administrator when developing their vision for their program. Therefore my vision as an early childhood educator is to become a teacher who promotes a thriving, diverse environment that respects students, inspires other educators, supports families and enhances the community.
The next step I would like to take in the field of early childhood education will be to complete my degree and work towards state certification. In regards to the things I have learned through this class I will definitely be considering planning or administering of an educational program as a future career path, this is not something I had previously considered.

References:
Decker, C., Decker, J., Freeman, N., and Knorpf, H. (2009). Planning and administering early childhood programs (9th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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