I am looking at ways to be more effective at reaching out to our families and to our community, to make NCCDI a household name and to help our communities understand what Head Start and Early Head Start are all about. People think we are merely daycare and aren't aware that our high quality programming in Head Start is accredited through NAEYC. People also often believe that Head Start/Early Head Start are just programs for children. They don't understand that our family engagement programs are an integral part of what we do, for if we can help families become lifelong educators and learners, support family well-being, and become leaders and advocates, the children achieve higher overall success.
We have a number of things in the works to increase our visibility in the community; the first is this website and our social media presence. It may seem small, but having a strong online presence helps us to expand our ability to communicate and engage with our families. We are now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. We are also gearing up to host a Corning Chamber of Commerce event, Corning in the Evening, at the Corning Head Start Center in February. We want to show the business community just how valuable our programming is to their workers and customers.
I would love to get to know more of our NCCDI families, and learn more of their stories. We have shared two, Araceli's and Cheri's, on our Success Stories page, but I would love to get more of an idea of who our families are, and what keeps them coming to Head Start.
Happy New Year!