Prior to beginning work on this, read Estes, L.S., & Krogh, S. L. (2012) Chapter 9: Exploring Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education and review the National Association for the Education of Young Childrens Early Childhood Education Topics (Links to an external site.). As an early childhood educator, it is important to stay up-to-date with current and emerging issues in the field. It is also important to be well-informed as you shape your viewpoints on these issues. For this journal, choose one of the following early childhood education issues: Technology and young children Obesity Poverty Cultural diversity Universal Pre-K Initiative Common Core State Standards Initiative After you have chosen your topic, research the topic to learn more about the issue. One resource you may find helpful to review is the National Association for the Education of Young Childrens early childhood education Topics (Links to an external site.). Prepare As you prepare to write your first journal for this class, take a few moments to do the following: Write In a Word document, summarize your chosen issue in your own words, and explain how the issue will impact your work in the early childhood education field. Your summary should be between 300 to 400 words.