Ensure the local early childhood system is responsive to and respectful of family needs and voice.
Have a child in your home age 5 or younger? Participate in the Family ALT! Check out the Team Charter for details. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. All primary caretakers (parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents, etc.) of children ages 5 and under are welcome to join! Contact Rachael to RSVP (rachaelb@GetReadyGuilford.org or (336) 273-0247 x213).
If you work within an agency/organization, include families you serve (or will serve) in all aspects of planning, design and implementation. The best ideas about what will work/not work come from families experiencing the problems you’re addressing. You’ll learn a lot and get better results. And families (and funders) appreciate when authentic family voice is brought in. Want help? Contact us.
Families are central to everything we do. We’re passionate about ensuring that family voice is part of decisions made about Guilford County’s early childhood programs, practices, policies and processes. It’s key to building a responsive system that meets the needs of families today and in the future.
Our work started with listening to 240+ families (mirroring the diversity of Guilford County) about opportunities and barriers for getting children ready for kindergarten. The Family Photovoice Project gave us the opportunity to “go deep” with families who shared their stories, made recommendations to the community, and have become community change agents.
Here’s how we’re supporting this priority today:
Testing solutions with the Family Action Learning Team (Family ALT). This group includes families with children age five and under who meet monthly to serve as consultants, decision-makers, and change agents. See their meeting materials and minutes below.
Collecting real-time feedback from families in all design and implementation work.
Including parents of young children on the Board of Directors to guide our work.
Helping partners engage familiesin the planning, design and implementation of their programs. Funders of these programs also care about family engagement and are incorporating some new practices during RFP processes.