Early learning programs play an important role for children and their families. They exist as more than a place where children are supervised while families go to work. The building becomes a community when program employees take steps to create a sense of community between themselves, children, and families.
Behavioral scientist, Nicole Celestine, Ph.D. has compiled a list of characteristics that positive communities embody. As you read through the list, you may become inspired to think about ways to bring some of these characteristics to life in your program.
- Common goals
- Freedom of expression
- Address member concerns with sensitivity
- Set clear policies and obligations
- Celebrate heritage and traditions
- Promote interactions among members
- Elect leaders that stand by community values
- Prioritize effective communication
- Make smart decisions
Take some time to explore the other sections of the newsletter for ideas on how programs can strengthen the sense of community that is experienced within the walls of the program. We have created lists of practices that can be used with children, families, and colleagues based on the 10 characteristics above.
You can read more from Dr. Celestine about positive communities here.
For the main article Community Building, CLICK HERE
For the article Building Community with Children, CLICK HERE
For the article Building Community with Families, CLICK HERE
For the article Building a Team Community, CLICK HERE