Sign the pledge to be an advocate for Guilford County’s infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Families are a child’s first and best teachers. However, families say it’s difficult to understand what’s available in our community to help as their infants, toddlers and preschoolers grow and change.
With partners, we’re working to connect ALL families to information and resources in places that are already part of their family routine. Here’s an overview of the system’s change work for 2017:
Re-envisioning family touch points from preconception through the first year of life. Many quality early childhood programs exist in Guilford County. However, there are many barriers to participation for families…long waiting lists…rigid eligibility requirements…inconvenient location or programs at times that don’t work for families…and others. In 2017, we will work with a design team to build stronger connections among programs so they complement and build upon one another. The goal: A Guilford County where each new family gets exactly what’s needed for their infant to thrive.
Providing families with credible parenting information and local resources at the pediatrician’s office. Families say their #1 trusted resource for preparing children for kindergarten is their medical provider. However, doctors typically have only 15 minutes with families during well-child appointments. With Children’s Home Society, we’ve conducted a pilot program in which parent educators meet with families before or after the examination occurs. This resource answers questions, helps parents build new skills, and connects them with local resources. The goal is to build parent confidence while helping more young children stay on track developmentally.
Providing credible parenting information, resources, and connections by a child’s age. Families spend a lot of time searching for tips, tools and local resources to help their children. Others say they learn about resources when it’s too late for their child to participate due to rigid eligibility requirements. In focus groups, families asked us to launch age-specific Facebook pages where they can learn about their child’s development, to connect with free local resources and to learn from other families.
Making Guilford County a more breastfeeding-friendly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed for one year after the birth of a child. Current policies, practices and mindsets make this difficult. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Guilford County Team takes concrete steps to create awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and to help local businesses and organizations become more breastfeeding-friendly. Learn more about their work on their Facebook page.