Case Study Advocacy in Action

In this module’s Case Study Advocacy in Action, you reflected on how you would advocate for the Carefree family so that Peggy can have adequate food and clothes. You conducted research and found an agency called XYZ Community Center which supplies free meals and clothes to needy families. For this assignment, your task is to write a letter to Mr. Carefree informing him of your findings and encouraging him to use this resource. Review Case Study: Advocacy in Action in this module before completing this assignment.  **ATTACHED BELOW**

Create a sample one (1) page letter to Mr. Carefree. Your letter should include the following:

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  1. A professional greeting.
  2. Opening remarks that include a short description of yourself as an early childhood educator, your beliefs about the importance and benefits of a partnership with families, and your commitment to supporting families.
  3. The body of your letter should include your findings regarding XYZ Community Center and the services it provides families. Include a fictitious address and phone number for XYZ Community Center to encourage Mr. Carefree to visit. This is your opportunity to be creative in connecting families to needed resources.
  4. Your closing remarks should include be encouraging and include the benefits of the resources for Peggy.
  5. Include a professional signature.

**RUBRIC**

 

Opening Remarks

25% of total grade

Mastery: Advanced or exceeds achievement

Opening remarks include clear, detailed, short personal description, beliefs about partnerships and personal commitment to supporting families.

 

Body of Letter TS-Communication

50% of total grade

Mastery: Advanced or exceeds achievement

Body of letter contains clear details about the services XYZ Community Center provides and contact information (fictitious address and phone number) is included.

 

Positive Tone

15% of total grade

Mastery: Advanced or exceeds achievement

The letter clearly conveys a positive, professional tone in the greeting, closing remarks and signature.

 

 

 

Let’s continue our support of Mr. Carefree and his five-year-old daughter Peggy. To review, Mr. Carefree’s parenting style is uninvolved. He is a single father who recently received custody of his 5-year-old daughter Peggy who exhibits aggressive behavior at school. Her kindergarten teacher is very concerned as Peggy often comes to school hungry and wearing dirty clothes. Mr. Carefree ignores the teacher’s phone calls as he does not want to hear bad news about Peggy’s behavior at school. He is unhappy that Peggy’s presence interferes with his after-work socialization at a local bar. He is often late in picking up Peggy from afterschool.

 

 

 

In the previous Case Study: Supportive Communication you reflected on how you can communicate with Mr. Carefree to address your concerns about Peggy. For this case study, we will assume that Mr. Carefree responded to your communication and he wants your assistance in becoming a better parent and meeting Peggy’s needs. You found out that due to his low income he has a limited supply of nutritious food for Peggy and she did not have adequate clothes when she came to live with him. Your task is to advocate for Peggy’s basic need for nutritious food and appropriate clothing. Reflect on the following questions as you advocate for this family.

 

 

 

The Carefree family needs financial assistance, how would you advocate for financial assistance for this family?

Mr. Carefree lives in your community. Identify organizations in your area where he can receive free or low-cost food and clothing for Peggy.

How would you connect Mr. Carefree with these organizations?

How would you assist Mr. Carefree in learning about children’s nutrition and meal preparation?

Mr. Carefree states he wants to be a better parent but does not know how. How would you assist him with parenting classes or parent support groups?

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