Overcoming Barriers—Awareness, Accessibility, and Responsiveness
The article “Early Education Programs and Children of Immigrants: Learning Each Other’s Language,” by Matthews and Ewen, discusses the implications of these barriers for children of immigrant families and/or dual-language learners. The authors provide a thoughtful analysis of each of the three equity barriers mentioned above. They describe reasons for a lack of awareness, factors that stand in the way of full program participation, and challenges that prevent programs from responding effectively to diverse family and child needs.
You have just learned that the White House Council for Early Childhood has begun an initiative to tackle issues related to Awareness, Accessibility, and Responsiveness. Approach the following directions under the assumption that you are writing a grant for the reduction of equity barriers to be financed by the White House Council for Early Childhood.
Review the conversation with Delila Vasquez in which she describes the realities of finding and accessing quality care and education for young children. Let her ideas and insights guide you as you continue with this assignment.
Review the article “Early Education Programs and Children of Immigrants: Learning Each Other’s Language,” paying particular attention first to the general context provided about early childhood care and education, and then to the section that elaborates on the three equity barriers: awareness, accessibility, and responsiveness.
Article: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections. (n.d.) Browse by state. Retrieved from http://www.researchconnections.org/childcare/states
Reflect on your professional and/or personal interest in any of these three barriers, and decide on which one you would most like to focus.
Once you have chosen your focus, review in depth the reasons for this barrier’s existence.
Using the perspective of the early childhood professional role you specified earlier, develop at least three suggestions that would be part of a plan that addresses any or all of the reasons for inequity related to your chosen barrier, and suggest specific ways to eliminate the barrier.
A cover page addressed to the White House Council in which you briefly state your (assumed) position in the EC field and the barrier on which you have chosen to focus as well as the reasons for your choice (about a paragraph in length)
Your suggestions for eliminating the barrier
Any insight(s) and/or new learning you gained from preparing for this assignment about these issues