• Use resources already created, and build onto pre-existing campaigns, such as awareness months.Noise icon
  • Connect parents and caregivers to activities that are happening locally. Noise iconEngagement icon
  • Be sensitive to disparities in digital skills and connectivity. Quality icon
  • Use trusted messengers such as child care providers and teachers, school staff, pediatricians, and libraries to deliver messages. Quality icon
  • Take advantage of teachable moments as opportunities to communicate information.Quality iconEngagement icon
  • Create opportunities for parents and caregivers to share information with each other.Engagement icon
  • Create content designed or accessible for mobile use (such as phones and tablets).Engagement icon
  • Create regular two-way calls, texts and emails. Engagement icon
  • Use social media to amplify your message. Engagement icon

Resources

Examples:

CO4Kids
CO4Kids Website hosts a variety of previous and current campaigns centered around awareness months; organizations can access toolkits, messages, social media graphics, and other resources at no cost to share with the providers, parents and caregivers, and the general public.

The Early Childhood Awareness Months Calendar
Build on to pre-existing early childhood awareness campaigns with The Early Childhood Awareness Months Calendar, which provides resources to state and national level awareness campaigns for each month of the year that are related to early childhood.

Social Emotional Communication Toolkit
The Social Emotional Communication Toolkit materials could be used to train parents/ caregivers as trusted messengers to communicate messages around young children’s social, emotional health. The Toolkit is also used to educate professionals about social-emotional development and early childhood mental health, offer tips on how to support healthy social-emotional development in early childhood programs, and support communication and outreach to families.

Vroom
Share content that can be easily accessed by mobile phones, smartphones or tablet to ensure convenience and accessibility for parents and caregivers; Vroom is an example of a free app that providers parents with tips to boost brain development and improve parent-child interactions.

Social Emotional Communications Toolkit
A teachable moment is an unplanned opportunity that arises in a natural setting, they are unplanned moments. Some examples of teachable moments include: EXAMPLES- Early Childhood professionals are trained to use the Social Emotional Communications Toolkit materials and are asked to use the materials as “conversation starters” vs as a stand-alone educational material. The Growing Readers parent tips are typically distributed along with materials for family, friend, neighbor providers to keep.

Growing Readers Together Parent Tips
Growing Readers Together parent tips align with content from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), a project of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The parent tip sheets are distributed at libraries to ensure trusted messengers are delivering the messages.

Bright by Text
Bright by Text provides quality information and trusted resources to parents and caregivers of children prenatal to five. This free service delivers information on child development and community resources in English or Spanish to a mobile device.

Road Map 4 Kids
Road Map 4 Kids created by Weld County Early Childhood Council in partnership with United Way Weld county and Got Kids? Created by Mesa County Early Childhood Council in partnership with Healthy Mesa County, connect parents to local resources and support.

Research:

Zero to Three
Forming authentic relationships provides a foundation for communication between early childhood providers, caregivers and families. Trusted messengers (ie people in the lives of parents and caregivers who they turn to for advice) are critical partners and should be included and trained to provide messages to parents and caregivers. Find more research at Zero to Three.

Toolkits:

Coming soon.