You may know that I am a member of the Great Start Parent Coalition. As such, Maybelle and I were happy to attend the first public event of First Steps. I am so excited to have been part of its launch today; although a bigger part than I intended. More on that later.
What is First Steps? It is the early childhood system in Kent County. It is comprised of parents, business leaders, healthcare providers, educators, faith leaders, community agencies, and other individuals who want to see that Kent County’s youngest citizens get the best start possible in life. First Steps focuses on community investment in early childhood with the knowledge that children learn more before their third birthday than during any other time of their life. Here is the website if you’d like to learn more; and there is an newsletter available too so you can watch this amazing effort come to fruition.
The Parent Coalition’s role in First Steps is frankly to keep it real. We give feedback from a real, day-in-the-life perspective. I love being part of this group. Think you might too? Head over here for the Kent County Great Start Parent Coalition, and if you are in another area look at the Early Childhood Investment Corporation’s website to see if one exists near you.
Back to the launch. We somehow managed to keep our flock of children relatively (not completely) quite while the Important People spoke. Afterward, we let them run off some steam in the playground nearby. Fox 17 asked for someone willing to ‘say a few words’ and before I knew it, I was standing there with a camera and microphone in my face. I’d just like to go ahead and publicly thank Danialle and Leslie for assuring the nice Fox 17 people that I would love to do this. I’ll get you back ladies.
It is on tonight at 10. I don’t know how much they will use, or even what I said. I do know that last time I was on TV, I was also on a playground with a bunch of moms. I was being interviewed about my Mom’s Club. Charwas there, she remembers – we both tried our best not to sound like idiots. She did great. However, thinking I was hillarious, I muttered under my breath (but not ‘under’ enough…) “keep it clean ladies, I’m miked up” to a group of my friends. Naturally, this is what made the evening news. There is no telling what display of eloquoence will be on Fox 17 at 10:00, but I’m sure it will be witty brilliance at it its best.