David Jacobson of Pittsfield, Massachusetts wanted to share recent posts from his work at the Birth-3rd Learning Hub that could be of use to our network:
- Pittsfield built on an alternative sentencing program, incorporating early literacy activities.
- The professional relationships that develop between stakeholders in this work can lead to unintended but welcome developments, like expanding an existing kindergarten-preK teacher networking event to include community-based preK teachers.
- Early wins and determining a backbone organization are both helpful in building community capacity.
- The implementation of a new, literacy- and numeracy-rich preschool curriculum in East Boston
- The role school districts play in building early education systems in communities
There's a lot to discuss in these articles, but I know I'd like to hear about ideas and projects that came about through relationship-building within coalitions. We heard some of these stories last year, like the community bookshelves in Tahoe Truckee that came out of a partnership with the local Rotary Club. Do you have others?