Educators are on the front line of child and youth development. Every day you experience the challenges, rewards and consequences of our policies concerning young children – and you care! Here’s how you can make a difference for young children and their families – and the future of the Monadnock region.
Read publications on early childhood development and innovations in early learning.
Read current and past editions of Voices of Practitioners: Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education, NAEYC’s peer-reviewed, professional online journal. It features the research of early childhood teachers, including informative articles, resources, and tools.
Watch the videos on this website, especially “Start Small. Think Big,” to hear why early child development is critical to our community’s future.
Be an advocate for early childhood education in your school, in public meetings, personal communications, and through the media.
- Utilizing the research and reports available (such as the ones mentioned above), share information and evidence about the importance of investing in early childhood. Inspire and mobilize others to support the issue!
Call on local and state policymakers to ask what they are doing to support early childhood initiatives, and encourage them to embrace investment in evidence-based practices as one way to increase educational attainment now and in the future.
- Learn who your legislators are and how to contact them here.
- Use this template to help develop your letter, email or phone call to your legislators.
If you work with parents of young children, speak to them about the importance of family involvement in early childhood education. This article, as well as this one, provide more information about why and how family can get involved. Connect parents with appropriate resources to meet their needs.
Join the board of a local early childhood organization.
Volunteer to support early childhood education programs. From reading in a classroom to assisting with out-of-school programming for young children, your volunteerism can make a difference.
Provide volunteer support for families so that each child at risk today will have the opportunity to become a responsible adult and a good neighbor tomorrow.
- Join or initiate volunteer-run parenting programs for young parents or parents-to-be. Home-visiting programs and free parenting workshops are proven, effective ways of supporting at-risk parents. (Learn more about home visiting programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s website on Maternal and Child Health.)
Host a screening of Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years and invite friends, colleagues and neighbors to discuss how they could take action to support early childhood at the local level. Consider organizing a complementary panel discussion event featuring professionals in the field of early childhood to invoke deeper conversations around what can be done to support early childhood in your community.