What are Community Conversations?

WMHT's Community Conversations are localized, small-group discussions where participants identify what they want for their community, what needs to change to reach those goals, and the challenges they face in moving change forward. WMHT’s role as co-facilitator is to assist with developing opportunities for this type of dialogue to occur and to better serve our evolving communities by informing our work with the diverse viewpoints, aspirations, and challenges that are shared.
For more information about community conversations, contact the WMHT Education Department or call (518) 880-3400.

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Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) Early Learning Center Parents

Community:ACAP Community Conversation 2013
Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) Early Learning Center Parents

Community Conversation co-facilitator:
Terry Kimball,
Director of Early Childhood Education
Albany Community Action Partnership
518.463.0655
tkimball@albanycap.org

About this community:
Albany Community Action Partnership's Early Learning Center is a full-day child care facility serving families with children ages six weeks to five years old. In addition to child care, the Early Learning Center offers classrooms providing Head Start programming and integrated classroom placement for children with special needs. The center is licensed and regulated by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services to provide services for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

This Community conversation was a follow up to a similar conversation held last year at the same location. In 2012, the conversation moved ACAP to implement some changes to their programs and services. We joined them again to see what parents felt about the changes what these early learners’ parents were looking for.  Most of the community members live in the area which helped inform the conversation.

Learn more about the community:
• ACAP
• ACAP Early Learning Center

Themes from the conversation:
• Building community, discipline, safety, bringing more parents to these gatherings, what are our priorities as a parent/caregiver, desire for consistency in supervision, and the techniques used by the caregivers.

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