Fadwa’s Story

To say Fadwa is driven is an understatement. She doesn’t dream of becoming a surgical nurse, she is actively taking steps to make it happen. And to make her mother proud.

Fadwa lost her mother to cancer when she was just 13 years old. Her father expected Fadwa to assume her mother’s responsibilities and moved the family often, keeping them distanced from any extended family. She was not allowed to have friends or participate in extracurricular activities. She attended five different high schools and managed to maintain excellent grades while she cooked, cleaned, and took care of her two brothers and father.

At 17, she was abandoned by her father and placed in SCO’s foster care program. SCO helped stabilize the teen, placed her with a foster family, and eventually was able to locate a maternal aunt who opened her heart and home to her long-lost niece through kinship foster care.

Despite her early challenges, Fadwa stays focused on the opportunities ahead of her. SCO’s foster care staff helped her prepare for college; guiding her through the application process and helping her achieve both a Dream USA Scholarship and a Youth in Foster Care Award.  Currently a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, SCO helped her secure an internship with a surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Fadwa’s goal is to keep her GPA high enough to get into nursing school. And we have no doubt she will achieve this and so much more.

 

Resources

 

Early Childhood Organizations – New York State & City

New York City Division of Early Childhood Education (NYC DECE)
http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/EarlyChildhood/

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute  (CUNY PDI)
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/

New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) 
Mission is to promote excellence in early care and education services for NYS children and families, through education, advocacy and the support of the profession.
http://www.nysaeyc.org/

New York Zero-to-Three (NYZTT)
New York regional network promoting the optimal development of young children, their families and their communities.
http://www.nyztt.org/

QualityStarsNYS
http://www.qualitystarsny.org/

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
Provides strategic direction and advice to the State of New York on early childhood issues.
http://www.nysecac.org/

Winning Beginning NY
An early care and learning coalition.
http://www.winningbeginningny.org/

ReadyNation
http://www.readynation.org/


Early Childhood Organizations – National

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation’s leading voice for high-quality early childhood education for children from birth to age 8.
http://www.naeyc.org/

Zero to Three
The national center for infants, toddler and their families.
http://www.zerotothree.org/

Teach for America
Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
http://www.teachforamerica.org/

Jumpstart
Jumpstart is the only national supplemental program that leverages the power of community and adult-child relationships to build the key language and literacy skills children need to take on the world.
http://www.jstart.org/

Child Care Exchange
Supporting early childhood education professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft thriving environments for children and adults.
http://www.childcareexchange.com/

The Future of Children
Providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children.
http://futureofchildren.org/

Center on the Developing Child
Mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.
http://developingchild.harvard.edu/

Foundation for Child Development
http://fcd-us.org/

New America EdCentral
http://www.edcentral.org/

McCormick Center on Early Childhood Leadership
http://cecl.nl.edu/

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
http://fpg.unc.edu/

Alliance for Early Success
http://www.earlysuccess.org/

Child Trends
http://www.childtrends.org/

Earlychildhood NEWS
Online resource for Teachers and Parents of children, from infants to age 8 years.
http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/


Academic Institutions

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (CUNY PDI)
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/

Bank Street College of Education
https://bankstreet.edu/

Teachers College at Columbia University
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/

New York University Steinhardt School
http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/

Hunter College School of Education
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/school-of-education

Brooklyn College
http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/fieldsofstudy/undergraduate/earlychildhoodteacher.php

The City College of New York, CUNY
http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/earlychildhooded/


Leadership Literature

Young Children – January 2005: Leadership in Early Childhood Education
http://www.naeyc.org/yc/pastissues/2005/january

The Impact of Leadership Development on Early Childhood Education
http://www.pdfdrive.com/download/3381012

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Early Childhood Leaders on Leadership
http://www.pdfdrive.com/early-childhood-leaders-on-leadership-naeyc-e4838237.html

A Study of Leaders’ Perspectives on Improving the Early Childhood
http://www.pdfdrive.com/a-study-of-leaders-perspectives-on-improving-the-early-childhood-e6598071.html


Early Childhood Literature

Science of Early Childhood Development
An online resource for teachers of young children focused entirely on the science of child development. This reource presents 5 modules, each focused on specific areas of child development, including developmental health, brain development, genetics and experience, coping and competence and communication and learning.
http://www.scienceofecd.com/


Job Opportunities

Please visit following resources to view available job opportunities in early childhood education:

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/career/jobopportunities.cfm

Idealist.org
http://www.idealist.org/


Other Resources

Powerful Interactions
http://www.powerfulinteractions.com/

The New York State Core Body of Knowledge
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/resources/CBK.cfm

New York State Early Learning Guidelines
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/resources/ELG.cfm

New York State Foundations for the Common Core
http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/resources/Prek.cfm

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