Parent Engagement and Education
Partnerships are creative in how they reach and teach parents, a child’s first teacher. They conduct parent workshops, training, and home visits; organize structured play groups; sponsor family nights; and organize health and developmental screenings.
Research indicates that there are five factors that can help ensure positive outcomes for young children by “strengthening families” to adapt to life’s challenges. Partnerships build these five factors into their work. These include:
- Supporting parental resilience.
- Encouraging social connections.
- Connecting parents to concrete support in times of need.
- Increasing knowledge of parenting and child development.
- Cultivating the social and emotional competence of children.
Language and Literacy
Working together, communities can take action that increases a child’s readiness for school and their language and literacy skills. Partnerships support Imagination Library activities in their communities, provide access to early literacy materials and events, as well as access to professional development opportunities for child care providers.
Community Support for Early Childhood
Early childhood partnerships include members from a diverse cross-section of their community. From business leaders and tribal organizations to state agencies and parents, diversity allows partnerships to engage the entire community in supporting young children and families. Partnerships identify and connect supporters in different ways, from local government funding commitments in Juneau and Wrangell, to coalitions with the business community in Mat-Su and Fairbanks, to a massive community volunteer effort in Homer.
Development and Sustainability
Partnerships are built through collaboration, commitment, and continued support from the entire community. Best Beginnings early childhood partnerships do the hard work to build strong, sustainable partnerships to ensure that every child begins school ready to succeed.