Academic journal article Childhood Education

Vice President's Reflections

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Vice President's Reflections

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It has been an honor for me to serve as Vice President Representing Infancy/Early Childhood for the 2002-2005 term. I am very grateful for the opportunity to assist this organization in addressing some of the many issues facing early childhood educators today* Thanks to the continuous support of the membership, we were able to further the charge of the Infancy/Early Childhood Committee.

At the annual conferences, we sponsored panel discussions on issues currently facing early childhood educators. These issues included, but were not limited to, child care regulations, programs for beginning teachers, infant programs, and early childhood teacher education. At the 2005 Annual Conference, our session on Russian kindergarten offered the membership more of an international perspective. All sessions helped us carry out our charge to promote desirable educational conditions, programs, and practices for children, ages 0-8.

Through the Infancy/Early Childhood Luncheons at the annual conferences, we were able to focus on diversity, global guidelines, and literacy. These topics attracted increasing numbers of attendees. At the 2003 luncheon, Gloria Boutte's examination of the cultural views of childhood and their influence on early childhood education helped direct the thoughts of the membership towards the kinds of decisions they make in relation to diversity issues in the classroom. …

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