As I begin my exploration by looking at various organizations, agencies, and communities of practice that operate in my neighborhood, city, borough, county, and/or state; I take note at the missions statements and goals of each. Within these missions, I found myself immersed in the work that they do and learned so much about the focus and purpose they are trying to convey.
Three local organizations of practice that appealed to me were:
- Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH)
- Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS)
- Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
GaDPH provides services for “children and women including comprehensive health exams, testing, education and access to community resources” (GaDPH, 2020). They are mission is “ to prevent disease, injury and disability; promote health and well-being; and prepare for and respond to disasters” (GaDPH, 2020). One extension of this organization is the Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program. They are an early intervention program that offers a variety of services for infants and toddlers with special needs. When checking for career opportunities for this organization, it stated that in order to apply, you would need an associate degree at minimum to work as a special instructor with Babies Can’t Wait (Georgia Department of Public Health, 2020).
Rockdale County DFCS provide a number of services for children and their families. One in particular is that they provide supplemental funding to feed vulnerable families, in addition to providing families with ways to receive quality early childhood education through their CAPS program. Upon searching their careers opportunities, I stumbled upon one that sparked an interest. Currently, they I have a position open for a Training & Development Specialist 3 (Special Projects Unit). Some of the roles and responsibilities for this position include: developing, delivering, and coordinating trainings for DFCS policy programs. Interestingly enough, the educational qualifications are minimal to a “high school diploma or GED; in three years of experience providing educational, training or instructional services in functional areas” (Georgia Department of Family & Children Services, 2020).
GEEARS is a non-profit organization that provides leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning development for all children ages birth through five. They believe that “the first three years of life represent the most rapid . of been development, and experiences during these years critically shaped future development” (GEEARS, 2020). Although they do not have any current job openings, they do have opportunities for you to be an advocate for early childhood. With this you can use your voice with members of legislation to “support State and federal policies and funding for early education and health programs” (GEEARS, 2020). This opportunity does not require a particular level of education because there are various ways you can be an advocate for this cause.
I picked these three organizations because they provide services that help children and their families with the main necessities as well as therapeutic services for children with disabilities.
Georgia Department of Family & Children Services. (2020). Retrieved from https://dfcs.georgia.gov
Georgia Department of Family & Children Services. (2020). DHS Jobs. Retrieved from https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dhsgeorgia/jobs/3011858/training-development-specialist-3-special-projects-unit-00180767?sort=Salary%7CDescending&keywords=community%20and%20social%20services&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Georgia Department of Public Health. (2020). Retrieved from https://dph.georgia.gov
Georgia Department of Public Health. (2020). Babies Can’t Wait. Retrieved from https://dph.georgia.gov/babies-cant-wait
Georgia Early and Education Alliance for Ready Students. (2020). Retrieved from https://geears.org