Guest Blogger: Deborah Dow – River Valley Early Childhood Association President
Willingness to Work Together
Teamwork is the willingness of a group of people to work together to achieve a common goal or aim. As we have adapted to the recent changes surrounding us, I have talked with many of you over the phone, text, and email and have been amazed by the flexibility and willingness to do what you need to do.
Your program may have remained open to provide the essential care families need at this time. I have seen willingness in the ways you are:
· Communicating and sharing information with families.
· Working a more flexible schedule.
· Working in a different classroom or with a different group of children than “normal”.
· Most importantly, being there for children and families when you yourself may be anxious.
You may not be providing direct care for children during this time. I am seeing willingness in the ways you are:
· Communicating and sharing information with each other and families.
· Increasing your skills and knowledge through online professional development.
· Learning new things – many of you have had to learn different forms of technology.
· Utilizing technology to teach and build relationships with children and families using alternative methods.
· Spending time reflecting and planning for when things return to “normal”.
No matter what your current situation or setting you are working as a team to meet the needs of children and families, now and going forward.
This is teamwork in its essence!
Deborah Dow is a Program Specialist for Arkansas State University Childhood Services in Northwest Arkansas.