The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), in collaboration with members of the ECLC Communications Subcommittee, developed Communications Guidelines for Engaging Parents & Caregivers to support early childhood professionals who are…
Organization: Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
Location of messaging: Adams County & Statewide
Through funding from Project LAUNCH, the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) worked with key stakeholders, including the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) – Office of Early Childhood, to develop materials to promote social emotional development based on messages in the Shared Message Bank, the Early Learning Developmental Guidelines, and Zero-to-Three. The intent of these materials is to raise awareness about the importance of social emotional development, provide concrete examples of how caregivers (parents, families, service providers) can support children’s social emotional development, and connect caregivers to key community resources through a “call to action.” Service providers are trained on delivering the materials as “trusted messengers” to start conversations and not use the materials as a stand alone message.
Because community resources vary, customizable materials are now available through CDHS for each community to individualize. Early Childhood Councils or other conveners can be responsible for working with their partners to identify their unique “call to action.”
The full toolkit of materials include:
- Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Professionals about the importance of and understanding of early childhood mental health and social emotional development
- Parent/Family Materials broken down by age group (0-9 mos; 10-18 mos; 19 mos-3; 3-5; 6-8) in English and Spanish
- Social Emotional Social Media Content
- Protective Factors Social Media Content (I think these need some work)
- 5 Videos on how to best promote Social-Emotional Development for service providers.
Examples can be found below. For more information contact ECPAC or your local Early Childhood Council.