Sports, Fitness and Recreation Ambassadors
Coaches, sports program and recreation directions, and fitness professionals can all make a difference for young children and their families in the Monadnock region.
Read articles and publications on the importance of early childhood education from the perspective of coaches, athletes and fitness professionals
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!
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.
Call on local and state policymakers to ask what they are doing to support early childhood initiatives. Encourage them to embrace investment in early childhood as one way to make our communities stronger and healthier, 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.
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. Bring your expertise in physical education to get kids up and moving!
Apply your coaching skills toward being a mentor for at-risk parents or parents-to-be.
- Join or initiate volunteer-run parenting programs. 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.
Join Champions for America’s Future, a national, bipartisan, membership organization of athletes, coaches and sports administrators who have come together to make sure every child has the best chance to compete in life.