"Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger, 2006, para. 4).Working with families and children, it is important to collaborate with communities of practice. These groups help gain resources and form relationships that benefit all involved. Some local/state agencies that appealed to me are:
Babies Can't Wait: Georgia's "statewide system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families" (Georgia Department of Public Health, n.d., para.1). This agency provides in home care for infant/toddlers up to three years of age. Resources and parenting is provided to the families. A service provider or service coordinator would be a job that would interest me. A bachelor or master's degree in Early Childhood is required.
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy: This "foundation strives to improve early childhood learning for every child regardless of income, race, or religion, as any child is at-risk who cannot read" (Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, 2013, para 11). This foundation provides free books to children in participating counties. Some children do not have "child-friendly" books in the home and this program provides "child-friendly" books to all children in the home birth to five. I currently serve on the Community Action Team (CAT) in my community. Our team coordinates fundraisers so all children (birth to 5) in Jasper County receive free books. I would love to be a CAT coordinator. I do not know the skills needed for this profession, but believe a master's degree would be sufficient.
Head Start: I currently work for our local Head Start program, but I included this because of the great services provided by Head Start. Programs offer parenting courses, early literacy, health, nutrition mental health and disability services (to name a few). I enjoy working for Head Start and hope to remain in my profession for many years. A would love to be an Assistant Director or Program Director one day. A college degree is necessary--good thing I'm continue my education!
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. (2013). Program overview. Retrieved March 16, 2013, from http://www.ferstfoundation.org/programoverview.htm.
Georgia Department of Public Health. (n.d.). Babies Can't Wait. Retrieved March 16, 2013, from http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw/.
Wenger, E. (2006).Communities of practice: A brief introduction. Retrieved March 13, 2013, from http://www.ewenger.com/theory/.