Parents, Grandparents and Guardians
Who cares more about our children than you – the Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, Grandfathers and Guardians of our youngest citizens? You have the passion, the love, and the heart to make a real difference for ALL the children in our community. Let’s create the world we want for them — a world where they can thrive, follow their dreams, and succeed!
Here’s are just some ways you can help:
Read about the importance of early childhood education, and why starting early is critical to health development.
Read parent-centered publications on how to build strong, healthy relationships with children age zero to five.
Explore resources specifically designed to help parents tune in to what makes children tick, and to guide parents in thinking about the best ways to meet each child’s needs.
Read Tuning In: Parents of Young Children Tell Us What They Think, Know and Need, a 2016 publication by ZERO TO THREE that examines parenthood from the perspective of Millennial and Generation X parents.
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 a variety of forums & 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 help strengthen our community.
- 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.
Join the board of a local early childhood organization.
Volunteer to support early childhood education programs.
- Whether it’s volunteering in the classroom to support teachers, or just helping maintain attractive school grounds for students to take pride in, you can play a role in improving early childhood programs.
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.
- 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.)
Do you have a story about accessing or affording quality child care in New Hampshire? Share your story confidentially with Early Learning NH, a statewide non-profit organization that is collecting child care stories from parents to share with state leaders.
Host a screening of Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years and invite friends, colleagues and community members to discuss how they could take action to support early childhood at the local level.
Get involved in Impact Monadnock’s Early Childhood Development Initiative. Share your stories and perspectives as a parent, grandparent, guardian, caretaker and/or citizen in the Monadnock Region. Get started by sending a message today!