“Wait, Watch and Wonder” the 3 magical words that outline and guide the work in the infant room at Rita Gold Center. It is also one of the first things teachers in the infant room introduce to graduate assistants and student teachers during classroom orientation on the first day of placement. Those three little words and the dialogues we had during Infant-Toddler Practicum class have since then transformed my view of infant-toddler care and education. Eager to bring the wonderful responsive caregiving approach and philosophy to other infant-toddler care settings post-graduation, I began my journey working with infant and toddlers at an Early Head Start program at University Settlement.
Currently, I work as the Assistant Director of Education and Child Development. My primary responsibility is to ensure that all the classrooms are run effectively, while providing high quality responsive care and education services to the children in our program. On the micro level, I am responsible for the day-to-day management of the classrooms, which includes ensuring the program is in compliance with regulating bodies and completing managerial tasks. In addition, I also provide supervision to a team of teaching staff and a coordinator. On the macro level, I collaborate with another Assistant Director and the Senior Program Director to decide on program directions, making policies and procedures to ensure services are delivered timely and appropriately, and creating implementation plans of best practices for the program with fellow staff members.
My experience at TC has widened my horizon about early childhood education, especially in the field of infant-toddler care that is often overlooked or dismissed. It is my goal to continue bringing quality care to at-risk families that will support development in the early years through positive relationships, which becomes the cornerstone of learning later in life.