Tools & Resources
Transition to K.
Local public awareness and support is critical to providing Pennsylvania’s young children with access to quality early education. When communities value early education, more families become aware of available services and decision makers recognize quality early education is a priority for public investment.
You have something that most people – especially those who decide funding for early education –don’t have; a true understanding of early education, why it works, and how it’s helping children and families in your community.
Our Governor, legislators, and school leaders need to understand that access to quality early education is crucial for children to come to school ready to learn and succeed through life. You can educate them like no one else can.
Community education is reaching out to school and community leaders, legislators and the Governor to share the successes of children, families and teachers in your program. Activities can be as simple as sharing a child’s photo and story, or as high profile as speaking at a leadership event.
For example, any time you have a success at your program, you can send a letter to your legislator and press release to media announcing the good news, such as:
As you plan your program’s activities throughout the year, think:
Pennsylvania’s Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) partners conduct community outreach in their local communities and work with organizations and individuals interested in quality early education. LEARN partners can bring together early childhood programs, families, school districts, and child-serving organizations to assess what quality early learning programs are currently available in the community and to develop ways to encourage quality early learning. They may also work with school districts and community-based early learning programs to develop ways to make smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten for children, families, and teachers. Find your LEARN lead and discover how you can become involved.
OCDEL Community Education Resources can help you communicate the value of quality early education and your program. Visit the Tools & Resources page.