Updated: Oct 17
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 time. 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.
· What time of day is the program offered? Can it be moved based on needs?
· Does the format of programming fit the families’ needs? Do the families need a longer time format? Shorter? More weeks? Fewer weeks?
· Create ways for parents to give suggestions and feedback through online or paper surveys.
This is part one of four. In the next installments, we'll cover finances, transportation, and content.
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