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To build on the success of our parenting classes to create a two-generation school readiness strategy that serves the whole family's needs.

To build on the success of our parenting classes to create a two-generation school readiness strategy that serves the whole family's needs.

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Alex commented on Learning Link

This sounds like we could adapt it to our purposes quite nicely. Could you send me more specifics so I can share them with my larger group?

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Alex commented on Learning Link

I'm definitely interested in hearing more. Your "Word Play Parties" seem to focus mostly on training the parents to prepare their children for school. Is there a social aspect for the parents as well (above and beyond the fact that any time you get new parents in a room together they automatically have a lot to talk about)? Is there any aspect of the model that keeps these groups together long-term, or are they designed (as Born Learning is) to be a handful of sessions and then the curriculum is complete?

Laura --

We just posted a similar idea on the OpenIDEO Challenge web site: see "Born Learning Communities."

We seem to be at the same stage: we have identified a need but are looking for guidance on how to meet that need.  Perhaps we can work together on this -- or at least share what we learn with one another.  Let me know if you think that would be helpful.