These are my dream jobs in Washington, DC where national policy is created, implemented, and disseminated throughout the country.
Head Start: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs
I believe in the mission of providing a head start to all who want to place their children in early childhood programs. Head Start supports the mental, social, and emotional development. Many of the programs are not affordable to many American families who need childcare. Instead of putting them in care where the caretakers may not be necessarily trained or qualified, Head Start provides them with a true head start. I appreciate that there is a federal program that enables families to receive needed services. I checked their employment opportunities. Although California has 25 job openings, none of them are in San Diego. Nor are there opportunities for me to become a researcher or an advocate within the federal agency.
Senate Subcommittee of Children and Families: http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_membership/committee_memberships_SSHR.htm#SSHR09
House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education: http://edworkforce.house.gov/committee/ecese.htm
I do not know what my chances of employment are, but they would be dream jobs because I get to influence national policy on early childhood education. There are two Representatives from California. The Chair of the subcommittee is from Indiana, where I was born.
U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html
English Language acquisition is one of my main areas of interest along with American Sign Language Acquisition. They are focused on preserving heritage languages and biliteracy – or even multiliteracy – skills. Maybe their National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA: http://ncela.ed.gov/) has the right type of employment opportunities for my public policy interest.
Visual Language & Visual Learning: http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/about/
VL2, a National Science Foundation funded program at Gallaudet University, looks like an interesting and transformative place to work in. They advocate for visual language with the possibility of a spoken language for those children who might be able to acquire it. They sponsor research and conduct meta studies of research supporting a specific topic such as bilingualism.