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First Start Child Development Center
Transcript of First Start Child Development Center
Child Development Center At First Start, we believe that all children have the greatest opportunity to grow and develop in a safe, respectful environment where their social/emotional development will be fully supported and expanded. Purpose Holding true to the quoted author, First Start's Purpose
is as follows:
Our purpose is to ensure that all children are educated in a safe environment that focuses on their social/ emotional development as it relates to their development as a whole. Theorist that influenced First Step CDC Introducing Erik Erikson... Philosophy of First Start CDC Introduction of First Start First Start Child Development Center was founded in 2010 by Kriston Jackson Jones. An advocate for young children, and a veteran in the field, Kriston decided to step out on faith and open her own facility after years of programming in quality child care centers in the Dallas, Ft. Worth Metropolis. First Start became a non profit organization in 2012.
This presentation was created to provide an in-depth explanation of First Start Child Development Center and the principles it was founded on. This presentation will discuss and highlight the following:
-Purpose, Mission, and Vision
-The Theory, Curriculum and Assessment
-Classroom Environment and
-Job functions of potential candidates “For some individuals, a purpose will flow like a stream from the tips of their pens”. (Bruno, 2009, p. 29) Vision Our Vision is to create a program that focuses on developing the whole child as an individual with a strong focus on social/ emotional development in a safe environment.
We have a high-quality ECE program that will help improve the lives of families by helping prepare children for success in school, helping families be an advocate for their child, and most importantly helping grow a community of caring individuals. Mission Derived from our Purpose and Vision, our mission “sets a standard for quality performance”, and “reflects our deepest core values” (Bruno, 2009, p. 31). The Mission of First Start is:
To respond to the individual needs of children in a safe, nurturing, environment tailored to fully support all areas of a child’s development with a strong focus on social/ emotional development. Theorist Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst that contributed major work to understanding children’s emotional development. Feeney, et al states, “Erikson believed that basic attitudes are formed as individuals pass through the stages, and that serious problems at any stage lead to difficulty in mastering the next stage.” (Feeney, Moravcik, Nolte, & Christensen, 2010, p. 156) Erikson defines eight stages of social emotional growth from infancy to adulthood they are: Erik Erikson cont. Janet Gonzalez-Mena As noted by Gonzalez-Mena, “Children with unresolved trust issues often reach adulthood still seeking the early caregiver who left their needs unmet” (Gonzalez-Mena, 2007, p. 53).
This statement is indicative of the fact that a child with unmet needs can lead to a lifetime of turmoil.
It is our belief that one way to ensure that those needs are met is by having a strong social/ emotional development, thus my programs focus. Theorist Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst that contributed major work to understanding children’s emotional development. Feeney, et al states, “Erikson believed that basic attitudes are formed as individuals pass through the stages, and that serious problems at any stage lead to difficulty in mastering the next stage.” (Feeney, Moravcik, Nolte, & Christensen, 2010, p. 156) Erikson defines eight stages of social emotional growth from infancy to adulthood.
Here at First Start we believe that the children we serve will go through the first three stages. They are:
1.Trust vs. Mistrust
2.Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt and
3.Initiative vs. Guilt We believe that Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory closely relates to our philosophy of children and how they develop. It is our belief that if children have a strong Social/Emotional foundation that all other areas of development will fall in place. Erik Erikson cont. Erik Erikson Research has shown that warm, loving and quality settings are natural environments for children during early childhood.
When a child is away from the family the child’s sense of self and their ability to differentiate between right and wrong is greatly influenced by the kind of care the child is experiencing.
That is why at First Start our we have carefully designed our program in the work, research and theory of the theorist that closely depicts what we believe in.
In the next slides we will introduce Erik Erikson and
Janet Gonzalez-Mena. First Start CDC's
Infant / Toddler
Environment Tummy Time! Infant at play! Our Infant/toddler classrooms are multi-aged 0-3 years
Small groups and low child to staff ratios are essential when working with infants and toddlers. Teachers engage children at eye level. Children's
artwork is displayed at eye level. Toys are neatly organized on child-sized shelves. Child sized furniture helps children be successful in their environment.
Low high-chairs help infants feel apart of the group in multi-age classrooms. Communicating During Routines
can make them pleasant Toddlers nap on their own cot, labeled with their name. Table Time! Infant at play! A child care facility is the setting in which young children spend long hours each day….more hours than their parents spend at work or their older siblings spend in school.
At First Start CDC we believe in making the child and his family feel comfortable. Our environment is key in making this successful.
The following slides will give you a closer look at our center First Start CDC's
Envrionment Conclusion In conclusion, I have discussed the purpose, vision and mission of First Start CDC. I have also gave insight on the theories that support our program, an example of our environment and the quality of the staff as it relates to what we believe is the perfect Early Childhood Education Center, First Start Child Development Center.
As I propel forward in the field of ECE my goal is to make certain that our program reflects our purpose, vision and mission therefore staying true to the reason it began.
At First Start we believe that it is our responsibility to positively empower children by providing them with a strong social/ emotional development to help ensure that they are ready for later school success and life. Qualified Staff First Start is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children. This is a mark of quality in child care.
The NAEYC notes, "Quality programs are staffed by highly-trained and knowledgeable teaching staff"
One key to hiring and keeping qualified staff is having an good Job Description. References Bruno, H. E. (2009). Leading on Purpose Emotionally Intelligent Early Childhood Administration. Boston: McGraw Hill.
Feeney, S., Moravcik, E., Nolte, S., & Christensen. (2010). Who Am I in the Lives of Children? An Introduction to Early Childhood Education. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.
Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2007). Child, Family, and Community Family-Centered Early Care and Education. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2009 ). Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programs. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. Janet Gonzalez-Mena cont. Janet’s philosophy also includes the family and the community. Her family centered approach to caring for children helps to ensure that the whole child is taken into consideration. Janet states, “…the child in the context of developmental theory, which comes in the context of family, which comes in the context of community”. (Gonzalez-Mena, 2007, p. 5) Job Description Job Description
To respond to the individual needs of children in a safe, nurturing, environment tailored to fully support all areas of a child’s development with a strong focus on social/ emotional development.
Lead Pre-School Teacher
The Lead Pre-School Teacher under the supervision of the Center Director is responsible for providing quality care and a nurturing environment for mixed-age children ages 3-5. The Lead Pre-School Teacher is also responsible for planning and implementing curriculum that meets the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical needs of children taking their developmental as well as chronological age into consideration. Job Description cont. Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:
Assist children with and encourage independence in activities
Plan and implement weekly lesson plans for children as individuals
Plan field trips to supplement curriculum goals
Communicate with children in a manner that fosters positive social and emotional development
Communicate with parents in a warm and respectful manner
Supervise children at all times
Creates and maintains appropriate room design that supports the overall vision of the program
Keeps classroom clean and orderly in order to promote a healthy, safe environment
Knowledgeable in child growth and development
Able to attend staff meetings and trainings
Complete 30 hours of trainings each year
Performs other duties as assigned Job Description cont. Skills, Knowledge, Abilities needed for position:
Minimum of a CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential, AA in ECE or a related field preferred
Minimum of 1 year working with young children and 1 year as a lead teacher
Ability to apply knowledge of child growth and development to meet the needs of children
Physical ability to care for and interact with children, including lifting, bending, carrying etc as needed to lift and diaper children
Sensitivity to cultural and lifestyle difference including special health needs, developmental delays, various physical disabilities, and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds
Responsive caregiving Social Elements of RC³Environments The Pre-School classroom is designed into learning centers Children's Artwork is displayed throughout the classroom. Natural lighting, and homelike rugs, and plants, help children feel they are in a home away from home. Children at play! Block Center! Children at play! Technology Center! Our goal is to expose children to different cultures through real-life artifacts. Through curriculum and assessments we plan a host of activities that helps to support growth and development for children. Teachers are active partners in children's learning facilitating and helping to expand play. Children set the table for lunch. Lunch is served family style! Children are exposed to nature during outdoor play. Teachers actively engage with children during play. Teachers are warm and nurturing, allowing children to feel comfortable in their arms! When children are upset, teachers are there to comfort them.