Learning about the international early childhood field allowed me to notice the areas of similarity, such as funding and teacher training. There was much emphasis put on training teachers. Another benefit or consequence is an awareness of issues that are unique to those countries. For instance in Africa, many of the projects highlighted helping/educating children affected by AIDS. A final consequence of connecting to international early childhood programs is knowledge that will help as we make decisions for programs here in the United States.
A goal that I have for field of the international field is to continue learning about current trends internationally. I would like to move from just one country into other countries, learning about their trends in early childhood.
A goal for collegial relations is to continue to support their thinking through questioning and inquiry.
The early childhood organization I chose is the International Child resource Institute. The outside links of this website linked to sites of their projects.
www.Projectcommotion.org is a project funded by the ICRI to give children a place where they can learn through music and movement.
www.onecildafrica.org is a project that helps children who are made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Sahara Africa.
www.aidsorphancare.com is a project that improves the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
I explored the consulting tab and noticed that the ICRI provided consultation in areas such as:
- child care facility design and development
- needs assessment evaluations
- program design and implementation
- program monitoring and evaluation
- strategic planning
- program administration and oversight
- fund development and fiscal management
- resource procurement
- legislative and policy planning support
- training and capacity building
The ICRI worked with the Central Bank of Malaysia to create a state- of- the art work- related childcare development center. Of its many projects, the ICRI also worked with the California Consortium of Child Abuse Councils to develop a coordinated system of local child abuse prevention councils throughout the state.
The focus of excellence is found through its projects of training educators. In Kenya Watoto Wonder Bus is a mobile training unit used to train teachers and administrators in low-income areas. The National Center for Learning Resources is another unit for training educators as well as providing resources.
In every project funded by the ICRI is a opporutnity for teacher training. The ICRI value education of young children as well the adults who are helping to develop the minds of the young child.