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Reflective Analysis of Portfolio Artifact

NAEYC Standard:
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that successful early childhood
education depends upon partnerships with childrens families and communities. They know about,
understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of childrens families and communities.
They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families,
and to involve all families in their childrens development and learning. (NAEYC, 2010)

Brief Description of Evidence:
During the fall semester of 2013 during my ECED 204-Families in Transition course, I worked
collaboratively with a small group of peers for a family scenarios project. This project required our small
group to search and find resources to help our given family. Each week we were given a new crisis added to
our familys plate in which we found resources for each to help them overcome it.
Analysis of What I Learned:
Through completion of the family scenarios project, I realized the importance of knowing many
different resources to help families in need. Before this project, I was not aware of how to find and search for
many of the sources I came in contact with. This project helped me see the importance of being familiar with
your community and the resources different facilities have to offer families and/or ones in need. Also with the
completion of this class, I now understand that even if a family does not show their struggle does not mean
they are not going through their own personal crisis. Our small group empowered families to be more
involved with their childs education by giving resources and suggestions they could do at home as a family. I
learned how to reach out to families that are in need, and also give my advice, love, and care to their children.
As a result of listening to all of the other groups projects, I learned more about the diverse needs of many
other families in the community. From my knowledge of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, I now understand that
the childs basic essentials need to be met before they and their family value the childs education.
How This Artifact Demonstrates my Competence on the NAEYC Standard:
By using resources found in our community, I was able to reduce families problems and help them in
their time of need. Going to these different support systems gets children out into the community. I am
competent in my ability to search the community for resources to help diverse families and support their
childs development of learning while I am also getting the family to be more involved in the community and
their childs school system. Not only am I able to find resources involving fun activities for children and
families, but also resources that could help a family in financial need. This project allowed me to see that at
any given point, I need to be ready to help a family in need. As an educator, I need to make sure I know the
community and the community knows me so I can give appropriate assistance to the families relying on me or
just help in general.