Thriving Service #2: Early Childhood Learning Programs To ensure that every child can benefit from the best early learning, explore the time-tested models.
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly early childhood learning system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just teach their own kids themselves without outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the early childhood learning program access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly early childhood learning programs in their many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Early Childhood Learning– becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
Foundations supporting early childhood development: 271,000,000
Universities supporting early childhood development: 439,000,000
How to create an early childhood learning center: 1,320,000,000
What are the benefits of early childhood education: 251,000,000
Who funds early childhood education: 488,000,000
We have a wealth of insights, ideas and research focused on early childhood learning programs. This can provide every city and town with the knowledge needed to create a seamless system of early childhood learning programs, providing a vital service to every parent who seeks it.
Programs that provide an environment full of creativity, art, music, movement, words, challenges and opportunities to learn how to interact with others create the fundamental skills for a productive life. Early childhood education can play an important role in reducing the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences.
Mom Tess just discovered it’s a six-month waiting list to gain access to a local early childhood learning program. It’s time to increase capacity to ensure timely access.
It can steer kids clear of destructive behaviors in order to create the foundation for success in school and a path toward great jobs and, one day, their own healthy families. The institution itself can be a great way for other pairs of eyes to screen out problems, support parents, and prevent potential family challenges.
Innovations focus on ensuring access to quality programs for all parents seeking a place for their children – and tech plays a role in client data collection and education for kids, parents and staff.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
IT STARTS WITH YOU
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