This framework is a vital tool for early childhood education and care providers seeking to build effective engagement strategies. While the framework is intended for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, its lessons are useful and applicable to a much broader audience of early childhood programs. This framework outlines an approach to building solid foundations for successful parent and family engagement in three areas: program leadership, continuous improvement, and professional development.
Community coaches work with local leaders and social change organizations. Working with a coach is a strategy to set goals, take action, make better decisions, and develop natural strengths. Successful coaches focus on outcomes, but not at the expense of the process. They are attuned to the need for balance.
You can request a free e-book copy of the field guide by filling out a short form at this site. This book is a 108-page guide to concepts, tools, and examples of coaching that supports individuals, coalitions, groups, and institutions engaged in shaping and sustaining community change. It incorporates examples from rural and urban settings along with tips and tales from over a dozen experienced practitioners.
This 90-minute webinar focused on what it takes to establish parent education programs in prisons and the latest research-based program resources. It is aimed at educators interested in creating programs for incarcerated parents and providing support to nurture relationships between these parents and their children.
We have long been told to not band-aid problems but to seek to understand the “root cause” and seek lasting solutions through changing the “system.” This lofty idea is very appealing in theory but very difficult to put into practice. First and foremost, while we understand systems conceptually, we are often not clear on how they work and what they mean for us.
The National Extension Parenting Educators' Framework (NEPEF) builds upon the earlier effort, the National Extension Parenting Education Model (NEPEM) (Smith et al., 1994). The NEPEM model established six categories of priority practices and skills to be learned by parents and taught by parenting educators.
Online training to learn the challenges and rewards of working with faith-based audiences and organizations and assisting Extension professionals partnering with the faith-based community in implementing educational programs
Communities are transformed when the whole community comes together to create something new. This grassroots effort grows from people recognizing their own collective capacity and aligning their vision for what their community can be.
This essay provides an overview of two different but potentially complementary approaches to poverty reduction: “community-building and social justice pathways to community vitality” and “work pathways to economic self-sufficiency.” It then discusses the role of advocacy in developing policies that can support these approaches.
The primary purpose of the Resource Guide is to provide leaders in the early childhood (0-8) field with an introduction to current resources and best practices across the country in developing information systems.