Community Education Resources for Early Learning Programs and Schools
As early learning programs and schools, you have something that most people – especially those who decide funding for early education –don’t have; a true understanding of early education, why it works, and how it’s helping children and families in your community.
Families, school and community leaders, legislators and the Governor need to understand that access to quality early education is crucial for children to come to school ready to learn and succeed through life. You can educate them like no one else can. You can also encourage the families you serve to share their stories.
Listed below are monthly themes for community education and links to tools and templates that can help you conduct community education on behalf of your program.
- Visit the PA Key Community Outreach tools page for more resources, including the Expand the Brand communications leadership workshop series.
- You may also want to sign up for the Community Outreach LEARN Community e-alerts and online community for periodic updates and ideas for reach out to school and community leaders and elected officials.
- Children entering kindergarten – a great story to tell
- Letter to the editor – share how you helped prepare your child for school; thank your child’s teachers for their help; and encourage others to do the same.
- Letter to your legislators – explain the importance of preparing children for kindergarten; how you worked with your child’s teachers to prepare your child for kindergarten and how your child is doing (you can also offer to provide updates throughout the year!)
- Template newsletter article for early childhood programs – Congratulations to our newest kindergartners – interview a few parents of children who recently entered kindergarten to find out how the children are adjusting and how their experience in your program helped prepare them for this new experience. You can share the article with your parents, board members as well as community, school and business leaders.
- Pitch to the media – Work with your communications people to pitch the story of how teachers and families work together to get children ready for kindergarten.
- Letter to the editor – it can be signed by one or both teachers highlighting the importance of preparing children for kindergarten.Letter to your legislators – explain to legislators why the years before kindergarten are so important and how you are working together to prepare children for kindergarten.
- Invite legislators to visit your classrooms – this is an excellent learning experience for them!
- Classrooms open, parent open houses
- International Literacy Day
- Deaf Awareness Month
- Baby Safety Awareness Month
- Grandparents Day
- Child Passenger Safety Week
- Worldwide Day of Play
- Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month
- Children’s Good Manners Month
- Have classroom adopt a legislator
- Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children month
- Parent Involvement Month
- National Child Health Day
- School Bus Safety Week
- Disability Awareness Month
- Family Health Month
- Healthier Babies Month
- Learning Disability Awareness Month
- Check out the PA’s Promise for Children month activity guide and tools page for ideas on how to celebrate PA’s Promise for Children Month
- 2010-2011 Reach and Risk Report published
- Child Safety and Protection Month
- Prematurity Awareness Month
- Election Day
- American Education Week
- Reach and Risk community education tools, such as a template Early Education County profile sheet, press release, parent newsletter article, and letters to leaders
- Use the PA Promise certificate to acknowledge those providers who make a difference in your community! Also, check out suggested activities from the National Education Association.
- National Handwashing Week
- New Year – New Year’s resolutions
- ECE teachers graduate from CDA/ college degrees
- Poverty In America Month
- Autism Awareness Month
- Submit a letter to the editor that explains why early education is so important to our communities and Pennsylvania’s New Year’s resolution should be to help all young children reach their promise through quality early education.
- Write or email your legislators and the Governor asking them to make a resolution to make quality early learning a priority for Pennsylvania.
- Governor’s proposal for the state budget released
- Valentine’s Day
- Children’s Dental Health Month
- Time to sign up for pre-k/Kindergarten next year
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Music In Our Schools Month
- National Nutrition Month
- Poison Prevention Awareness Month
- Week of the Young Child
- One Book, Every Young Child
- Mathematics Education Month
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- World Health Day
- Pre-K and ECE Graduations
- Mother’s Day
- ECE teachers graduate from CDA/ college degrees
- National Provider Appreciation Day www.providerappreciationday.org
- Children’s Mental Health Day