Public Engagement Campaigns

Words CountBest Beginnings engages the public through a range of communication channels and community-based efforts:

Special Statewide Campaigns

Words Count
The more words children are exposed to in their first few years, the better they fare in school and in life. Our 2014 campaign is called Words Count, meant to encourage parents to talk, sing, read, and play with their young child every day. The key is two-way interaction, what neuroscientists call “serve-and-return.” Learn more »

Child Abuse Prevention and Resilience
Best Beginnings partners with the Alaska Children’s Trust and others to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to share ways in which parents, extended family, and others can reduce the effects of child trauma.

Prevent and reduce effects of childhood trauma
It seems everywhere we turn these days, we see references to childhood trauma. Also called toxic stress, or adverse childhood experiences, it refers to the profound and long-lasting effects that traumatic experiences can have on children. What kind of experiences are we talking about, and what can we – parents, grandparents, concerned Alaskans – do to help?

Strengthening Families Alaska Style
(2013)
When families are strong, child abuse and neglect can’t take root. Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Best Beginnings has joined with other organizations in a campaign called Strengthening Families Alaska Style. We can prevent child abuse and neglect. Learn how.

5 Factors Campaign
Alaska is such a far-flung state that it can be difficult to know what’s going on outside your own community. This is what prompted Best Beginnings, Alaska Children’s Trust, Strengthening Families Alaska, and thread to kick off a 10-week 5 Factors Campaign to coincide with the Week of the Young Child, April 22-28, 2012.

TV Public Service Announcements

TV PSAs are produced and distributed throughout Alaska.

Radio PSAs

Best Beginnings’ produces and distributes radio PSAs every quarter to radio stations all over Alaska.

E-newsletter

Best Beginnings publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter

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Community Based Programs

Best Beginnings engages Alaskans in their communities through Imagination Library and early childhood partnerships. Both depend on committed volunteers in the community.