My Supports


Currently, the factors that exist in my daily environments that are supportive to me are: 

Technology- My computer and cell phone. These two items keep me connected to my staff, my family, my children’s school, their grades, news, Walden, etc. We are in this age of technology where so many tools, businesses and people are connected that if you took it away now, many would have a hard time communicating and businesses will issues operating.

My immediate family (my husband and kids)- This group supports me in so many ways. Two weeks ago I had my ACL replaced. This has created a lot of changes. They have all helped out in so many ways. My husband is only operating off 3 hours of sleep while working 3rd shift and dropping off and picking the kids up from school daily. I am so appreciative of them, I do not know how I would make it without them in my life.

My career is another factor- My career supports my giving me the funding to provide for me and my family. Without my job, I would not be able to provide for my family.

School Staff- My staff is very supportive. Each member offers her unique support. Currently, I am off work recovering from surgery and the staff is doing what they need to make sure the building is running smoothly.

My New Challenge:

Since I’ve been off work, I have really been thinking about starting a business. Supports that I need:

Other businesses-I would need businesses to utilize my services and help market my idea

My family-I would need my family to support the idea and support me as I do all the leg work to implement the idea

Funding- This  is the key support in making this happen. So either through grants or private funding.

Technology-Technology will help with marketing and funding.

Education-My background in the field helps make the business more credible and gives me the insight what services to provide. 



My Connections to Play


Quotes that represent play in my childhood:

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.                                                                                                                     -O. Fred Donaldson- Contemporary American martial arts master

When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
-Fred Rogers

Important items of play from my childhood:

Our family had two huge mulberry trees in our yard. We would often go outside pick them and eat them as well as put them in our famous mud pies that we would sell to other kids in the neighborhood.

Our family had two huge mulberry trees in our yard. We would often go outside pick them and eat them as well as put them in our famous mud pies that we would sell to other kids in the neighborhood.

This was our daily game. My sisters and I along with other girls in the neighborhood would play double dutch almost everyday.

Our mother and grandmother supported our play by encouraging us (sometimes very sternly) to play outside. We were not allowed to just sit in the house all day. They believed that children should be active and should spend most of their time outside playing. They bought us toys and allowed us to use their old cooking utensils (pans, spoons, lids, etc.) to cook outside. Our neighborhood was full of kids and throughout the year (even during the cold winter months) you would see us outside.

Because of  my childhood play experiences and my professional insight about play, my husband and I support our children to play both inside and outside. You will see my children building forts out of pillows, trying to build a tent with sheets, being a super hero, building things with old cardboard boxes, etc. They enjoy outside and have spent much of the winter outside playing in the snow attempting to build them an igloo. For my family their play experiences are very similar to mine.

My attitude of “let’s try it and see if it works” is credited to my play experiences. We would always try to do some sort of trick with double dutch and if it didn’t work out we would try something else. I bring that same attitude into my work and know that I can always start over.





Relationship Reflection


A relationship is described as an emotional or other connection between people ( Relationships are important to me because they provide a circle of support. This support can come through physical support, emotional support or spiritual support.

Although I have many relationships with people however the relationships that are near and dear to my heart are the relationships with my immediate family, my friend Carolyn and my friend Quandra.

family photoThis is my family. My husband provides support in all areas. His motivating words continue to help me moving forward toward my goals and aspirations. My four children keep me grounded and bring lots of laughter into my life. Each relationship I have with my immediate family members is unique and special.

carolynfamily photo 2Quandra and Carolyn are my colleagues and friends. We support each other both in and out of work.

These relationships were built on honesty and simply loving each other unconditionally (“just because of” and “no matter what” we love each other).

Challenges that I have notice with building relationships is time. It takes time to build a relationships and many people, these days, are very short on time.

These relationships will help me with building partnerships with families because I know how much effort it takes into building and fostering relationships.

Time Well Spent


Three learnings that I would like to share as a result of completing this project are:

I have become connected to my passion of serving young children and their families. In this economy having affordable childcare and access to free preschool programs is important and I really want to inform families about their options.

Learning about me as a leader was very infromative. I have learned that my leadership style is not static but changes depending on the situation.

The final learning that I would like to share is about the unintended consequence as a result of my actions. While weighing the unintended consequences of my final project, I realized that everything I do will as it pertains to early childhood will have consequences that were unintentional. This means that moving forward I will have to be mindful and weigh the options of my projects.

One of my long term goals is to direct an international early childhood program that provides services and support to all families in need despite socio-economic status.

Thank you to Dr. Teri Davis for all of your support and guidance in this course. This course was practical and informational and I have already begun to implement my project. Thank you classmates for your insight, suggestions and support. I wish everyone the best of luck and my you recieve all that you ask for.

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level


Three National organizations that instrests me are: Pew Charitable Trusts, National Black Child Development Institute, and the International Child Resource Institute.

Pew Charitable Trusts ( ) is of interest because of their work and research on PreK Now.  They are advocating for public educational reform by changing from K-12 to PreK- 12. They have open positions in the Washington DC and Philadelphia areas. I would like to work as an early childhood educational consultant on promoting Universal PreK, if the at position ever exists.

icriThe International Child Resource Institute ( )  is of interest since they focus on early childhood women and children. This organization has projects around the world. I would like to volunteer in Zimbabwe. I am interested in helping  young women who have endured sexual assault or abuse, and young women who are HIV-positive.

Ncbdi logoThe National Black Child Development Institute’s ( ) mission is to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy. It has been in existence since 1970 and provides resources in areas such as Health and Wellness; Early Childhood Development and Education; Elementary and Secondary Education; Literacy; Child Welfare; and Family Engagement. I would like to be on their research team to provide support in these areas.

Exploring Roles- Local and State Levels


Three of the organizations that looked into for this assignment are the Great Start Collaborative, the Build Project, and the Head Start Collaboration Office.
I chose the Great Start Collaborative because this organization offers a voice to the field of the Early Childhood. The Collaborative attacks issues at our state level hoping to make systematic change.
The Build Project was chosen because of its 9 state collaboration.
The Head Start Collaboration Office was chosen because it build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low-income children; encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services, and initiatives; and to augment Head Start’s capacity to be a partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families including the involvement of Head Start in State policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families HISTORY: Federal funding for HSSCO was put into place in 1990 with Michigan receiving its first grant (, 2011).
I did not see any positions open however, in all of the organizations, I would like to become an educational coordinator which brings other organizations together to become a true community of practice. Each of us will work towards goals the help us become a community of practice.
Communication skills are a must since I will work with other organizations. I would also get in depth information about each organization so that I would know how to work each organization.

Thank You Classmates



I just want to take this opportunity to thank all you for your insight and valued comments. Your comments have helped me understand many of the communication skills needed as we work with young children and their families. I have learned that we share many of the same experiences and challenges as it relates to communicating in the early childhood field. I wish all of you well as we move to our next project. Many of us will meet again in our next set of classes. Once again thank you and I wish you much success on your next project.