Parents are their child’s first teacher which includes learning about their needs for optimal health, accessing resources and advocating for their social, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual care. Because the brain forms lifelong pathways to learning and behavior before age 5, every child’s road to achievement begins with policies and systems that elevate early learning quality and access.
Parent Advisory Groups:
Parent Advisory Groups empower parents to have a voice and advocate for early care resources that help to improve program quality, access, and affordability so that young children, particularly those living in low-income communities of color, can be ready for school and achieve key academic milestones.
Parent Leader Network:
Parents who want a deeper level of engagement beyond the Parent Advisory Groups may be interested in the Parent Leader Network. The Parent Leader Network (PLN) was formed in March 2018 with support from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). Its purpose is to provide a space for parents in EC-LINC communities like Ventura County to collaborate with and support each other, represent the parent perspective in EC-LINC and advocate for parent voice and leadership in early childhood systems in alignment with the Manifesto for Race Equity & Parent Leadership.
Parent education opportunities will be available for parent/caregivers to advance their understanding of child development and parenting practices. The Neighborhoods for Learning Program will work with parents to identify what topics parents/caregivers want to learn.
When a family enrolls into Neighborhoods for Learning online Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes they not only have access to high-quality online early childhood education, they also have access to Ready4K.
What is Ready4K?
Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages.
Each week, parents and caregivers receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the cereal box at breakfast, counting the number of steps as you walk to the car or bus, or making feeling faces in the mirror after you brush your teeth. In a series of randomized controlled trials, this approach has been shown to increase child development by 2 to 3 months over the course of a school year.
The Ready4K dashboard, teacher newsletters, family engagement surveys, and end-of-year impact reports complement the core Ready4K curriculum, enabling organizations to connect the home to school, link families to vital resources in the community, and measure their impact.