|We tend to think of settling as a romantic thought... but why settle for less than our children deserve?|
Find your voice.
So last night, I posted on my Facebook page: What if we stop settling for "good enough?" To me, that's simply not enough. Strive to be the best, be the change, be the difference.
Today I'm reminded of the Sugarland song with lyrics:
I ain't settling for just getting by
I've had enough so so for the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high
Just enough ain't enough this time
I ain't settling for anything less than everything
I've been thinking about my relationship within the context of my early childhood center and the community that grows around me. We serve a variety of income-levels at our site and I'm (surprisingly) a very passionate person about the quality of the services we provide.
I don't think it's acceptable to offer a sub-par service to a family simply because they make less money. Every family has a story and every child is an individual who deserves the best start in education possible. No two stories are alike.
By no means am I a perfect director. I know there are things I need to continue to develop to be the best support system I can be to my team. I also recognize that there are some areas in which I am strong and can help others. I am offended when others don't want what's best for our young children. These children are the future (did you start singing that song? I did) and we are responsible for ensuring they are the kind of adults who can lead and help others. They are a part of our community!
I have high standards and most times, people can reach or exceed them. I refuse to lower my standards for child care because others have lost their light. I can help you fan your fire or you can step out of the field. The early childhood field needs more people with energy and excitement for this group -- not those who have been beaten down and dejected by the system.
I strive to be the best. I don't always hit the mark, but I know my families and staff appreciate the changes being made around them to improve the quality of our program. Some may say I'm too passionate.
I simply have a fire that's been fanned over the years.
Children are my passion and I strive to ensure they are well prepared for the world they are a part of.
I have chosen to find my voice and use it to support the lives of young children and their families.