Early Childhood Learning@100%: Innovation 5
Generating Public Awareness
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.5.1
Project 1: The “create the Early Childhood Learning Programs@100% user-friendly website” project
This is where you design and launch your own family-friendly website for the public to post vital information on early childhood learning programs. As mentioned earlier, websites don’t just pop up easily, but there are free services online to help with design.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.5.2
Project 2: The “explore more lessons on parent supports” project
This is a research project that highlights interesting innovations. They include programs and insights from the San Felipe Pueblo and South Dakota and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.5.3
Project 3: The “be patient and focused” project
Even completing a few of these projects will place you among the best-educated one percent when it comes to early childhood learning in your area. One way to put that know-how to good use is to serve on an advisory board or commission. Many, but not all, city, county, higher education and child welfare agencies may have them. There are often more generic parent support boards or advisory panels out there usually hurting for members as well. This is an opportunity to ensure alignment of services becomes a reality.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.10.4
Project 4: The “email Early Childhood Learning@100% often” project
Email and social marketing are good tools for outreach. Social marketing strategies, just like website development, can be challenging, yet there are “how to” websites that can help facilitate this process. You should work to reach all stakeholders who have the concerns of families (and all residents) on their radar, then send updates on the work of your action teams to raise awareness and garner support.
Populations to target:
- Early childhood learning program staff
- Youth-serving groups
- Family-serving groups
- Faith-based groups
- Cultural groups
- Elected officials