Parent Leadership Development
The Collaboration for Early Childhood builds the capacity of families to be advocates for their children and strong voices in the community for needs within early childhood. The Collaboration supports parents to lead these efforts through train-the-trainer models and leadership skill building.
Parent Leadership Training: Using the Community Organizing and Family Issues model, the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s Parent Leadership Training program is a 7-week series that includes community visioning, leadership qualities, goal setting, and asking for and providing mutual support. The program is led by local parents and coaches participants to become leaders in their own community. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can leverage leadership skills and tools to help them be their child’s first and most important teacher.
Through this training, parents and caregivers also learn about different early childhood resources and programs in the community. At the end of the training, the group forms a Parent Action Team to work together on a mutually agreed upon team goal. Participants in the Leadership Training also learn to lead workshops and serve as facilitators for the next cohort of parents.
Families First | La Familia Primero is a parent-led group that was formed by parents in our community who completed the Parent Leadership Training and saw a need for a space where parents could come together and exchange knowledge and ideas. Supported by the Collaboration for Early Childhood, this group engages the community through new parent meet-ups, presence at community events, and bimonthly Parent Circles. The Parent Circles alternate between themed sessions and meetings where parents can reflect and check-in with one another. Some of the recent topics covered include teaching kids how to save money, time management, and social emotional learning.
Families First | La Familia Primero also provides supports for parents to help them promote their child’s development. To read Families First | La Familia Primero’s bilingual newsletter, see upcoming events, and much more, check out their Facebook Page, or read their informational flyer. If you would like to get involved with Families First | La Familia Primero, email email@example.com.
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