WE STRENGTHEN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS THAT SERVE OUR RESIDENTS
Ensuring early childhood programs and child care services for 100% of county residents. The 100% New Mexico action team identifies challenges, researches solutions and supports organizations in improving early childhood programs and child care services. The long-term goal is creating a countywide system of early childhood programs and child care programs with collaboration and coordination with all city government, county government and non-governmental organizations within the county’s borders.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team collects and analyzes data then identifies gaps in early childhood program services. The 100% Community survey data, including informational interviews with residents of all communities within the county’s borders, reveal which populations and communities lack easy access to early childhood program services. The survey also reveals why parent support services may be difficult to access. Difficulties may include a lack of awareness of programs, lack of transport to programs, costs, lack of easy-to-access to services because of times of service.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on identifying which organizations currently need capacity-building in order to meet the need. The team identifies partnerships to improve services. This can be done through a process of continuous quality improvement (the data-driven “assess-plan-act-evaluate” process).
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on identifying which private sector businesses can help address lack of accessible early childhood programs throughout the county. The team works to create partnerships between businesses and early childhood programs and child care support systems and programs.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on identifying how to use technology, including websites and apps, to increase awareness of parent supports, increase resources to provide services, and increase alignment of parent support services across all cities and communities within the county’s borders. The team also works to address the digital divide to increase access for all county residents to mobile devices and the Internet through community access points.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on reaching all county residents in order to mobilize community teams to address the need for early childhood program supports. The team works to engage all county residents who have free time (retirees, college students, etc.) to support early childhood programs and child care support efforts. The team also works to create opportunities for all county residents to share their ideas for problem solving.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on strengthening the capacity of all schools to increase their capacity to support early childhood programs.The team focuses on how to fund schools to adopt the “community school” model with staff who can focus on creating school-based early childhood programs and child care programs to support parents and caregiving grandparents.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on identifying which individuals and programs working with local higher education can support early childhood program development and improvement efforts. This includes identifying support for surveying, data analysis, researching solutions, and creating campus-based housing security options, along with engaging students and staff in early childhood programs support efforts.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on identifying the capacity of city and county government to strengthen their current early childhood programs and child care program efforts and expand them to meet the need. This includes a special focus on meeting the needs of the county’s most vulnerable parents and caregiving grandparents. Teams will recommend to local government the most up-to-date methods and software to accurately track early childhood programs and care program effectiveness.
The 100% New Mexico parent support action team focuses on identifying which programs the federal and state government offer to support countywide early childhood programs and child care. This process includes networking, advocating and grant writing.
The 100% New Mexico early childhood action team focuses on the long-term goal of creating a county-city “Department of Early Childhood” to focus on empowering children, addressing parent needs and preventing family challenges. This includes surveying residents on their access to early childhood programs and child care options, their need for the programs and why they might be difficult to access. This proposed department could also support ongoing research in early childhood programs and child care support programs and support local efforts to ensure timely supports across the county.
To identify gaps in county services, strengthen service organizations, and create a networked countywide system of services, timely support and empowerment. Identifying solutions that meet the needs of those county residents with and without access to the web.
Young children learn to get ready for school, online and with face-to-face enrichment.
The 100% New Mexico action team on early childhood programs first assesses to what degree parents of young children have access to early childhood programs, as well as video conferencing options. From there, teams organize both virtual and face to face options for parents to ensure quality early childhood programs, along with child care. The team works closely with the parent support action team to create a networked countywide system of parent and family enrichment.
Step 1: Survey your county residents
Initiative teams implement a countywide survey that assesses resident’s access to 10 vital services for surviving and thriving (like health care, transport and job training) and why barriers exist. You’ll learn that different populations will have different challenges.
Step 2: Review Survey Results
Initiative teams review the survey data to learn what percentage of county residents struggle to access vital services, and why challenges accessing services exist and where they exist in the county. You can review the data from the countywide survey, especially the barriers to accessing services. Each barrier (such as unfriendly hours, lack of transport to services) will require analysis and a plan to address it.
Step 3: Assess the ten surviving and thriving services
Initiative teams, including ten action teams created (each one focused on one sector such as food or medical care) learn about the capacity of current services in all 10 surviving and thriving sectors. The goal is to understand challenges service organizations face when meeting the needs of county residents.
Step 4: Ensure that a county directory to ten vital services exists
Each of the county’s ten action teams update an existing online directory to services or create a new updated directory guiding residents to the ten vital services. (Note that directories will need local monitoring and updating based on changes in services due to COVID-19).
Step 5: Identify innovative policies and programs to fix barriers to accessing ten services
To address the barriers identified in the countywide survey, initiative teams learn about innovations in all ten sectors that can increase access, user-friendliness and quality of services. The book 100% Community and the @100% book series on each of the ten sectors offers many potential innovative strategies to reduce gaps in services and strengthen a countywide system of support. Action Teams can review and prioritize innovations.
Step 6: Get buy-in from local government and stakeholders to support innovation that ensures 100% of county residents have access to ten vital services
Initiative teams identify, support and implement innovations including new technologies, local policies, programs and agency protocols. This is the action phase that requires project management and ongoing tracking of local innovation in ten sectors.
Step 7: Evaluate effectiveness of each innovation and measure the increase in access to ten vital services
Initiative teams measure the impact of innovations on all ten surviving and thriving services with feedback from residents and providers. We work to ensure that our local work on each innovation is moving the needle on improving access to services so that 100% of residents thrive.
EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING@100% GUIDES THE WORK IN YOUR COUNTY
Our book explores the benefits of early childhood learning programs, the consequences of not having access to such programs, and how county systems of early childhood learning can be increased to ensure that all children and parents benefit from early childhood learning programs in its many forms. Early Childhood Learning@100% details how county leaders can collaborate to ensure that a countywide system of early childhood learning programs is created from existing and new local early childhood learning programs, to meet the needs of all county residents. Early Childhood Learning@100%, built around excerpts from the groundbreaking 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving, inspires in times both calm and chaotic, through public health crises and economic disruptions.
INSIDE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO INNOVATE
- Continuous Quality Improvement Guides Us with Data
- Sharing the Vision to Achieve Collective Impact
- Early Childhood Learning@100%
- The 100% New Mexico Survey
- Engaging with Elected Lawmakers
- 100% Community-County Program Org Chart
- 100% Community-Partnerships
- 100% New Mexico initiative-Logic Model
- 100% Community-Timeline
- Crisis-proof County Readiness Checklist
THE 100% COMMUNITY BOOK GUIDES THE WORK IN YOUR SECTOR
We are addressing unprecedented challenges that include a public health crisis and economic disruption using:
Team: fully-inclusive collaboration
Tech: the latest in communication and training technologies
Plan: a tested data-driven framework to identify and solve the most difficult problem
100% Community is a training guide for all county agency leadership and 100% New Mexico initiative participants. It provides the framework to:
Assess gaps in vital services
Plan in a collaborative process to address gaps
Act with county/city alignment to increase vital services
Evaluate all progress toward measurable results
The 100% Community book series promotes a groundbreaking model for public-private sector partnerships to achieve measurable and meaningful results.
WE WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL TEN SECTORS TO CREATE SYSTEM OF SAFETY
Each of the initiatives ten action teams coordinate their work with one another, along with representatives from state, county and city government.