August 1, 2020: The first round of NH PDG Community Grants awarded 13 communities with funds to support Capacity Building as well as project-specific activities.
All Community Grantees have identified capacity building goals. These goals include but are not limited to; developing infrastructure, expanding partnerships, developing formal and informal agreements, engaging parent and family voice, and sharing data. Several will be conducting Community Needs Assessment and or Strategic Planning. Many have also identified specific program development.
Amoskeag Health / LAUNCH Manchester
Amoskeag Health/LAUNCH Manchester has partnered with the Parent Information Center to develop a robust Family Advisory Committee that will support and inform the work of the coalition. LAUNCH is also working with the Pyramid Model Consortium to develop local capacity to implement and sustain the Pyramid Model throughout the city in coordination with LAUNCH Manchester's Early Learning Collaborative partners. Additionally, LAUNCH is developing a free, one-time, Welcome Baby service for all families with newborns in the city. This service will utilize Amoskeag Health's Community Health Workers to support families by connecting them to area resources and referrals.
Children Unlimited will be creating an easily accessible online location for dynamic information for caregivers and families of children birth through eight (B-8), with links to coalition partner websites. They will engage in strategic planning to advance the coalition by including family voice, identifying local priorities for early childhood and resources at the local and state level. In addition, developmental screenings (using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, ASQ) and sharing of Vroom materials will be expanded to include local childcare centers through support from Children Unlimited’s Family Connections Resource Center.
Claremont Learning Partnership
Claremont Learning Partnership plans to implement universal development screening using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). They also plan to develop a child care drop-in center that will be available for parents attending appointments needed to maintain and support child and caregiver well-being.
Good Beginnings Inc.
Good Beginnings Inc. plans to increase the number of Family Childcare Providers in their region. Support will include training, ongoing consultation and support to ensure the child care is high quality and sustainable. They will also support the implementation of The Strengthening Families Protective Factor Model, The Growing Great Kids Curriculum, and developmental screening using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) at the area family resource center.
Granite United Way
Granite United Way will be focusing on completing a needs assessment and creating a strategic plan that will identify priorities and resources, monitoring implementation, and evaluating outcomes in support of services for social and emotional development for infants and toddlers (0-3).
Greater Tilton Area FRC
The Greater Tilton Area FRC is planning to engage in infrastructure development through strategic planning, improving data collection, and providing capacity-building focused training for coalition members. The coalition will also provide and distribute early childhood materials to families in the community.
Lakes Region Community Services
Lakes Region Community Services plans to focus on the development and expansion of the early childhood coalition, developing a shared framework and rapport between partnering agencies.
Milford Thrives Early Childhood Collaborative
The Milford Thrives Early Childhood Collaborative plans to build the community coalition to improve school readiness and life success outcomes for Milford’s youngest children and their families. The coalition’s work, along with a formal Needs Assessment and focus on family/parent perspective, will guide priority initiatives to address barriers towards this goal.
Monadnock United Way / Impact Monadnock
Monadnock United Way/Impact Monadnock plans to implement Community Cafés. This model of parent education and support utilizes the collective wisdom of the group to help caregivers gain new ideas and strategies for improving their parenting skills and relationships, rather than relying on a professional to be the sole deliverer of information.
United Way Greater Nashua
United Way Greater Nashua plans to implement Waterford Upstart and expand the Choose Love Program. Waterford Upstart, an in-home kindergarten readiness program will be made available to Nashua’s English Language Learning families and low-income families. This program intends to build parental engagement while developing school readiness for children most at risk of school failure because of poverty, language barriers, or social inequity. Concepts from the Choose Love curriculum will be incorporated into Free Fun Family events and other opportunities for engagement, supporting positive strategies and principles for social/emotional learning, reducing isolation and building parental engagement.
United Way of the Greater Seacoast
United Way of the Greater Seacoast will be focusing on completing a Needs Assessment to develop a deep, localized understanding of family service use. As part of this Needs Assessment, they will inventory child care slots, and gather accurate and timely information about the capacity and stability of child care programs in the region.
Waypoint plans to better coordinate home visiting efforts and implement play-based learning in community-based programming. Through cross-sector partnerships, families involved with multiple programs could be served by a single provider, delivering multiple services, or when multiple services are involved, services will be better coordinated. Implementation of play-based learning is anticipated in three community sites, with plans to consistently use the model, share staff, increase outreach to and better engage vulnerable families.
SAU21 / Winnacunnet Cooperative
SAU 21 / Winnacunnet Cooperative plans to build the local coalition to strengthen public-private partnerships. They will complete a Needs Assessment to help determine how to create a community that works together across multiple domains, supports and empowers local families, unites both private and public education, works with children and families transitioning from one early childhood educational system to another, and unites the community through professional development, family education and inclusion, community building and education programs.
Through a competitive procurement process, the PDG will provide grants to New Hampshire Communities to allow them to access critical funds to address local needs, informed by and aligned with statewide efforts. Grants will vary based upon community need and prioritize communities based on vulnerability. Grants will be provided to: 1) conduct needs assessment and or 2) strategic plan, 3) implement evidence-informed programs and practices, and 4) expand programs and practices proven to work for their community.