Role of an early childhood center director

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Role of an early childhood center director

For this Performance Task Assessment, you will adopt the role of an early childhood center director who has decided to create a blog for other early childhood professionals focused on the power of bias; supporting access, equity, and positive social change for young children and families; and advocating for access, equity, and positive social change for early childhood professionals and the early childhood field.

Submission Length: Three, 1-2 page blog posts

Professional Skills: Written Communication and Engaging Multiple Social and Cultural Perspectives are assessed in this Competency.

Your response to this Performance Task should reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric and adhere to the required length. This Assessment requires submission of one (1) file. Save your file as follows, CL3005_ firstinitial_lastname (for example, CL3005_ J_Smith).

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Instructions

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Rubric

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

Staff Newsletter: Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change

As the director of Scribbles Early Learning Center, you are committed to cultivating staff’s knowledge and skills related to fostering healthy development of the young children in their care and the families with whom they have formed partnerships. You are also deeply invested in developing staff leadership capacities.

Your board concurs and also believes that Scribbles has a robust commitment to working for access, equity, and positive social change. They have asked you to work with the staff in developing this broader advocacy lens. You welcome the challenge and believe that an important precursor to supporting these goals includes exploring biases, because deep knowledge of one’s own values and beliefs is a precursor to actively and effectively working on access and equity as social justice issues. As a first step to this important work, you decide to create a blog for staff with initial posts that provide a research-based introduction to the power of bias, including how to recognize and mitigate it as well as information and strategies that support access, equity, and positive social change for young children, families, and the early childhood field.

For this Assessment, complete the “Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change” Blog Post Template.

Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change Blog

 Blog Post 1: The Power of Bias

Explain how biases can influence relationships with children and families. Include what biases are, how they impact values and beliefs, and why reflecting on and understanding bias is integral to working with children and families, and growing as a professional. Also explain three specific research-based strategies early childhood professionals can use to identify their own biases and mitigate their influence. (4-6 paragraphs)

Blog Post 2: Let’s Support Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change for Young Children and Families

Explain why early childhood professionals, programs, and services should support access, equity and positive social change for young children and families. Also explain two specific research-based practices early childhood professionals can implement to support social justice within early childhood settings. (4-6 paragraphs)

Blog Post 3: Be an Advocate: The Role of Early Childhood Professionals and the Early Childhood Field in Supporting Access, Equity, and Positive Social Change for Young Children and Their Families

Explain the role of the early childhood field in supporting and advancing access and equity for all young children and their families. Also, explain two specific research-based strategies early childhood professionals can engage in to help ensure that the field supports access, equity, and positive social change through program design and/or practice. (3-5 paragraphs)