due today ….. tomorrow ……. child education this assignment is due tomorrow….. there is no extra time for this to be done.  Use the first word att

due today ….. tomorrow ……. child education this assignment is due tomorrow….. there is no extra time for this to be done. 

Use the first word attachment and follow all directions to complete the assignment. 

The 2nd attachment is the book to make reference too. 

Must be done thoroughly… Long Beach City College-Child Development and Educational Studies
CDECE 48
Advocacy Project.

Purpose: The purpose of your advocacy project is for you to discover what advocacy is and what types of issues are currently affecting children and families. You will have an opportunity to read and think about how all of the issues that you have learned about this semester affect young children and to identify the political, socioeconomic and educational impact that one or more of those issues has on children’s development.

Task:

Step 1: Do some reading, some re-reading and a little research:

Find out about what advocacy is and what advocates do
· https://www.startearly.org/app/uploads/pdf/EarlyChildhoodAdvocacyToolkit.pdf

· EC advocacy tool kit from Illinois
· Read pages 6-11
· https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/public-policy-advocacy

· Read all about current advocacy efforts- explore this thoroughly
Go back and reflect on many of the issues we have explored this semester Issues from the “advocacy in action” sections of the text- re-read all of these advocacy case studies.
·
· Giving an idea life- pg 232
· Communicating concerns pg 248
· Teaching families to be advocates- pg 277
· Advocacy for ourselves- pg 95
· Diane Levin A super advocate- pg 146
· The need for quality, affordable infant care Pg. 71
· Child abuse prevention Pg. 81
· Awareness of Food allergies Pg. 84
· Children save the local libraries- pg 312
· Rights for children with special needs Pg. 106
· Increasing the book selection in a school Pg. 159
· Speaking up against stereotyping pg 166
· United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child Pg. 174
· Families with children who have disabilities Pg 197
· Taking a stand- pg 298

Discover what educators, organizations and policy makers are doing to support children and families
· Explore the links below (you can also connect to some links in the module and the text) and discover what groups and agencies are doing to support children and families now. (some links lead to pages with many organizations listed)
· https://www.cappaonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=19%3Adefault&id=40%3Achild-care-advocacy-california&Itemid=97

· California Child Care Advocacy Groups
· https://earlyedgecalifornia.org

· https://www.cacfs.org/about-us

· http://www.uacf4hope.org/

·
ccfc@commercialfreechildhood.org

· http://www.hfrp.org/

· http://www.peaceeducators.org/

· https://dey.org

· https://www.nbcdi.org

· https://child360.org/who-we-are/

Step 2: Write your paper using the following format.

Part 1: What Is Advocacy and Why is it Important?

· In approximately 1 page, provide a summary of your understanding of advocacy and its importance.
· describe what advocacy is, what advocates do and why advocacy is important to the field of early care and education.
· Use details and clear examples from your reading. If you are quoting or paraphrasing remember to cite your source
· A simple citation from the internet is simply the exact webpage in parentheses
· Example: One of NAEYC’s main issues is “Ensuring that early childhood professionals are diverse, effective educators and leaders working within a compensation and recognition system that supports their excellence.”(https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/public-policy-advocacy/federal-and-state-agendas)

Part 2: What are the Current Issues?

· In approximately 1 page provide a summary of advocacy efforts that support young children and families
· Describe some of the political advocacy efforts designed to support young children and families
· What new laws and or policies are people and organizations working to get passed?
· Make sure to describe 1-3 specific efforts, where they are taking place and who is advocating
· Make sure to say why or how these efforts are political in nature.
· Describe some of the economic advocacy efforts designed to support young children and families
· What kinds of funding changes are being proposed? Are there efforts to pay teachers more? To change the way child care is paid for? Efforts to support children and families or specific populations in some financial way?
· Make sure to describe 1-3 specific efforts, where they are taking place and who is advocating
· Make sure to say why or how these efforts are economic in nature.
· Describe some of the educational advocacy efforts designed to support young children and families
· What kinds of changes to access or content of education are being sought? Are individuals or groups wanting to change ways that young children are educated? In what ways?
· Make sure to describe 1-3 specific efforts, where they are taking place and who is advocating
· Make sure to say why or how these efforts are educational in nature.

Part 3: Reflection

· In approximately 1 page reflect on what you have discovered and what issues are important to you
· Describe your connection to advocacy- is this a new concept for you? Have you actively or passively advocated for an issue/idea before? How has your understanding of advocacy for young children and families changed through your reading? Did anything surprise you?
· Describe issues related to supporting young children and families that matter to you.
· What issues/efforts did you discover that are of particular importance to you and why do you think they matter?
· Reflect on all you have discovered about advocacy and issues and describe what you could do next to continue to work towards becoming an effective supporter of important issues that influence the lives of children and families.

Please see the grading rubric and tips on page 3…

Criteria for Success: Your advocacy project will be evaluated by the following criteria

Written Report: 20 points possible

Exceeds Expectations: all rubric points are met- 20 points
Meets Expectations: 17-15 points
Approaches Expectations: 14-10 points
Does not meet Expectations: 9 points and below

· All 3 parts of the written report are present
· Each prompt is clearly answered
· Political, economic and educational advocacy efforts are clearly described and categorized accurately.
· The written report is thorough- Many details and examples are provided that help to explain your understanding of each prompt
· Meaningful quotes from the text and other sources are included and cited.
· The paper as a whole shows a strong understanding of the ideas it describes with few (if any) inconsistences or misrepresentations.
· Grammar, spelling, word use, sentence structure are accurate- 5 or fewer mistakes.
· The paper is formatted standardly with an appropriate heading.

Tips:
· Take the time to read and research thoroughly- take notes while you are exploring the websites

· Avoid overgeneralizing issues or ideas

Example: Overly general (non-specific)

Example: Specific and Detailed

The fact that preschool teachers do not get paid well is really unfair and NAEYC really wants to help people get paid better.

NAEYC recognizes that an important part of building a strong early childhood profession is working to make sure that early childhood teachers are paid well for their work. One of their stated goals is to seek the “Expanding of direct supports and loan forgiveness for current and prospective ECE teachers…” (https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/public-policy-advocacy/federal-and-state-agendas).

· make sure you understand any issues or ideas you decide to write about. If you have only briefly read the information or assume that you understand something without actually reading about it, you could unintentionally end up with misrepresentations of facts.

· Write a first draft of your paper… early!!! Identify where you need more detail or need to go back and re-read something.

· If writing a paper feels challenging to you- connect with the LBCC success centers for support!
· https://www.lbcc.edu/tutoring-and-academic-resources

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