We hear from so many programs that at times it can be a struggle to connect your FANTASTIC programming to the families in your community!
We want to offer you some things we've learned as we have worked to adapt and meet the needs of our own communities (which is definitely ALWAYS a work in progress!).
The following is an excerpt from C2L: Curriculum Guide Volume One. This guide is designed to support your programming, structure, and help recruit and retain teachers! Let's consider the lens of finance. There is an order for planning your ECFE programming that seems to work best: 1. finances/budget, 2.space, 3.staffing, 4. program design 5. family recruitment. However, a wise program is not operating in a vacuum. Programs need to stay in touch with their community through things like Parent Advisory Groups, Focus Groups, and formal and informal conversations with other organizations in your community that serve parents and young children to learn what they know about families and availability/barriers.
Which members of your community would need transportation support to participate in your programming?
Can the program offer a voucher for public transport?
Can the program arrange ride-sharing?
Can you bring the program to a location that is friendly to those with transportation barriers? For example, apartment building community rooms, local park, etc.
While in-person programming is wonderful, how can you leverage technology to reach more families with opportunities for connection and education?
This is part three of four. In the next installment, we'll cover content.
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