The purpose of this organization is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, diversities, and rights of young children and their families. In order to achieve this purpose, the organization shall fulfill these functions:
(a) Recognize the expertise and contribute to the professional growth of individuals working with and for young children.(b) Encourage the acquisition and implementation of knowledge, resources, and services for young children and early care and education professionals.(c) Provide support services for state chapters.(d) Inform the membership of public policy affecting young children.(e) Review and disseminate information on issues concerning children and families.(f) Work to improve the standards for the care and education of children, and thus to improve their quality of life.(g) Establish and maintain a point of contact for the early care and education profession.(h) Advocate for practices, which are age appropriate, to the uniqueness of children in schools, early care and education facilities and other services.
The Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma has achieved goals in the following areas:
ManagementThe structure and management of ECAO has tightened over the past year. The office moved, resulting in lower rental payments. Efficient office staff was hired, supplemented by volunteers and college students earning college credit for internships with non-profit organizations. Communication has improved with the president’s weekly “Monday Memo” email newsletter to all members to relate current events, such as training opportunities and scheduled meetings.ProgramsIn 2011, the Governing Board of the Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma (ECAO) focused its attention on writing a Strategic Plan that will carry it forward for the next five years. This includes attention to governance (especially mission, vision and values), policies, leadership and direction, resources assessment, board member evaluation, and quality improvement efforts for children and their families as well as the development of initiatives to support membership among teachers in Head Start, public school, child care and university programs. ECAO offered a seminar on “Children and Animals” in a partnership with the Oklahoma City Zoo. Approximately ninety individuals participated in this seminar which offered excellent information regarding animals and the reciprocal relationships they have with children. Participants were also able to tour the children’s area of the zoo. Other programs the ECAO has recently been involved in include continuation of ECAO Advance: the Strength of an Eagle, a mentoring program funded by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), of which ECAO is the state affiliate. The group also began quarterly meetings for directors and supervisors of NAEYC-accredited programs to provide support and information, and has approved and begun planning of advocacy training and a “Day at the Capitol” for ECAO members.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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