Reeshemah Brightley

New York, NY, United States

About Reeshemah

An idea worth spreading

When you invest in our infants and toddlers you invest in our future workforce.

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Reeshemah Brightley
Posted over 2 years ago
Investing in the early years: Infants and Toddlers. There is a need to focus on the cognitive, social and emotionl development before school
I am not focusing education as the avenue to wealth. I have looked at extensive research as it pertains to Black and Latino infants and toddlers. I also go by what I've seen within the daycare system. Many of the private day care in Brooklyn and the Bronx are owned by individuals that no very little and most times nothing about early childhood and what it means to provide them with quality care. When a parent is knowlegable about the quality care their infant and toddler should receive they can either demand that or seek that. They can also ask certain questions because they have some knowledge base to work from. Many of the private childcare programs in Brooklyn, Bronx and Harlem focus on collecting the money the city pays for having an infant toddler in their program rather than providing the quality care necessary to help the child in their development milestones nor do they let the parent know some things they can do at home. My mother is an Infant Toddler Specialist, has a background in early childhood education for over 25 years and is a certified teacher. For the last 10 years she's been in the Administrator capacity. I am a mother of a 16 month old and have a 15 year old sister. We focus on helping parents to understand the importance of cognitive development; we focus on Harlem. We also offer workshops to other child care providers, however many are reluctant and believe they don't need additional knowledge. In almost every professional there is professional development opportunities because new tools and skills are developed to make you more effective in your field. We've also offered to conduct free workshops at organizations and for individuals and that has been a real challenge. Other states have the The First 2000 Days Campaign. Businessmen understand the importance of investing in infants and toddlers because they are the future workforce. I know there will always be a population heading to prison system for various reasons.
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Reeshemah Brightley
Posted over 2 years ago
Investing in the early years: Infants and Toddlers. There is a need to focus on the cognitive, social and emotionl development before school
Fritzie, My mother is an Infant Toddler Specialist in New York. We reside in Harlem. My mother is an independent Education Consultant. We have spoke with several individuals at companies, mostly non profit, government officials, staff of local political offices. We also offer workshops to parents and staff development to day care and family child care providers. All of these stakeholder say yes the information you share is important and yes there is a problem. However they are not doing anything to help solve the issue by providing parents with a roadmap to help their children with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to assist them in school and later in life. We have offered to conduct FREE workshops and can not find an organization that will say yes. We've also spoken with a few welfare offices. Many agree that it's important, but it seems its in theory and not practice. Even the office of children and family services of New York State, the entity that secured the grant for my mother and others to be trained to become an infant toddler specialist do not help to promote the trainers. There are numerous private childcare program in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan that are not providing quality care to the infants and toddlers they only want to get the money from the city to keep the children during the week. This is the reason I pose the statement, we need to invest in our infants and toddlers. I hope this helps. Thank you for commenting.
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Reeshemah Brightley
Posted over 2 years ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
The take home message for me wasn't the military style of dealing with young people as every parent will decide which method will work best for them. Several components come in to play 1-culture 2-your experience 3- your parents etc. The take away message for me is, the education of our youth starts the moment they are born. My mother is an Infant Toddler Specialist she conducts workshops for parents and other care givers about the importance of brain development and the cognitive, social and emotional skills parents should help their child obtain before the start school. This is also known as milestones. We also started a campagin in Harlem "The First 2000 Days". If you take look at some of the information we share you will understand why I take the stance I do. I'm also a parent, my son in 16 months old. http://sabreeharlemparents.blogspot.com/