A federal preschool development planning grant of $3.8 million was recently awarded to the University of New Hampshire, and Impact Monadnock is receiving a portion of the money. The grant is allowing the state to conduct a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan related to early childhood systems. It also provides funding to regional organizations supporting families with young children to improve their family engagement practices.
Impact Monadnock is receiving more than $55,000 to participate in the needs assessment and to help increase the region’s capacity to engage families and involve parents as leaders in building effective early childhood programs. An important outcome of this project will be to find meaningful ways for parents and families to become more involved in the leadership of programs that already exist for young children, such as child care and early education programs, Head Start, and home visiting service providers across the region.
Impact Monadnock is facilitating a series of "Family Listening Sessions" through the summer to hear from parents of young children. Subsequent phases of the project will include training for nonprofit agencies serving young children on how to effectively involve families in their decision-making and program building.
To learn more about the grant, contact Impact Monadnock Program Manager Paige Martin at 603-352-4209 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.