Local community organizations can be very helpful in your efforts to promote transitional kindergarten and build larger community awareness about the program. To many families, these community partners are helpful and trusted sources of information about what’s happening in their community and how it impacts their children.
As you conduct your outreach and recruitment for TK, you can consider providing local community partners in your area with information about the new law and your transitional kindergarten program. Describe how it will impact the communities they serve and ensure a district liaison or telephone number is available for these organizations to ask questions. Identify two to five of these partners that could help champion your TK program and schedule informational meetings for them with your principal. Other ideas for collaborating with community partners include:
- offering to hold the meeting at their offices, or invite them to come to school, where they can take a tour and see the TK classroom in action;
- inviting these partners to co-author a letter or notice to families about TK; and
- inquiring about possible opportunities to include information about TK in their organizations’ newsletters, bulletins, websites, emails or other ongoing mass communication.
Examples of Community Partners
Local Child Care and Child Development Centers
Families often form a close, trusting relationship with their young children’s teachers from local child care and child development centers. Frequently, families rely on these teachers to help them make decisions about their children’s education. The leaders, teachers and staff at child development centers and family child care homes have direct access to and frequent interaction with your community’s families, and can be invaluable messengers for transitional kindergarten.
Local Community Organizations
In general, community organizations are viewed as advocates for the community and places where people can access resources or learn about free or affordable services. These organizations might include community centers, youth centers, libraries, churches, community-focused small businesses such as local bookstores and other community-based organizations.