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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.

July/August

Themes:

  • Children entering kindergarten – a great story to tell

Families:

  • 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!)

Programs/teachers:

  • 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!

September

Themes:

  • 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

Tools:

  • Have classroom adopt a legislator
    • see toolkit for tips and sample documents
    • You can use the “I am Pennsylvania’s Promise” flyers as templates for updates. PDF  |  Word with text box.

October

Themes:

  • 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

Tools:

November

Themes:

  • 2010-2011 Reach and Risk Report published
  • Thanksgiving
  • Child Safety and Protection Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • Election Day
  • American Education Week

Tools:

December

Themes:

  • Holidays
  • National Handwashing Week

January

Themes:

  • New Year – New Year’s resolutions
  • ECE teachers graduate from CDA/ college degrees
  • Poverty In America Month
  • Autism Awareness Month

Tools:

  • 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.

February

Themes:

  • Governor’s proposal for the state budget released
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Children’s Dental Health Month

March

Themes:

  • 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

April

Themes:

  • Week of the Young Child
  • One Book, Every Young Child
  • Mathematics Education Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • World Health Day

May

Themes:

  • 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

Visit the PA Key Community Outreach page for more resources

  • cheryl says:

    I am glad that I finally visited this website. I really do like it. I have heard about it numerous times at my meetings and have given families many of these resources but have never visited the site. So glad I did.

  • alejandra Waldron says:

    I really like this website. I got a lot of information to provide for my families that I work with.

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