Community Impact

We’re creating brighter futures for Wake County children.

Early childhood environments and experiences can impact health and well-being throughout life. Additionally, high-quality early childhood programs aimed at low-income families have been shown to improve health outcomes, health behaviors, and social outcomes into adulthood.

Kaleidoscope is dedicated to enhancing and improving the places where Wake County children spend their time. 

Pilot Programs

In 2016, the Steering Committee selected Wake County sites as the initial pilot partners of Kaleidoscope.
  • Beginning & Beyond Child Development Center
  • Families Together

Best Practices

To develop best practices for children’s spaces in Wake County, our community looked at similar projects around the country and gathered input from people throughout our own region. The goal was to find the common threads within successful children’s spaces, so we can apply them in all the places young children spend their time in Wake County.

To that end, we’ve zeroed in on 5 areas that are key to success. When we pay attention to these things, we can create spaces where children thrive — and help them build the foundation for future success in whatever they choose to do.

Build Positive Relationships

Staff and adults who are caring and responsive role models, and clear and open communicators, help children create warm and trusting relationships.
Considerations for Healthy Growth and Development
  • developing healthy, warm, trusting relationships with caregivers
  • communication
  • self-regulation
  • promoting positive peer relationships
  • exploring/experimenting

Use Nature to Nurture

The great outdoors can play a big role in children’s healthy development — inspiring curiosity, encouraging creativity, spreading joy and relieving stress.
Considerations for Healthy Growth and Development
  • exploring and experimenting
  • self-regulation
  • self-esteem

Create Diverse Spaces and Activities

Varied, engaging spaces invite children to experience lots of activities of different kinds, so they can explore and master new skills.
Considerations for Healthy Growth and Development
  • exploring and experimenting
  • self-regulation
  • family and peer relationships
  • communication
  • self-esteem
  • coping
  • mastery and challenge
  • appropriate risk taking

Foster Safety and Support

Comfortable, secure spaces make children feel at ease trying new things, accepting fun challenges and focusing on what’s important: being a kid.
Considerations for Healthy Growth and Development
  • exploring and experimenting
  • self-regulation
  • self-esteem
  • coping
  • mastery and challenge
  • positive peer and caregiver relationships

Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion

Welcoming, convenient spaces allow children of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds to feel at home and feel like a valued part of our community.
Considerations for Healthy Growth and Development
  • exploring and experimenting
  • self-regulation
  • challenge

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

This tool helps a team assess the current characteristics of a space across multiple areas of practice, identifying the strengths of a space and pinpointing areas for growth or improvement.This Self-Assessment assists in identifying and prioritizing opportunities for improvement within a space.
Complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Action Planning Template and Facilitator Guide

This tool should be used as a follow-up to the Self-Assessment Questionnaire. This Tool helps a team to determine key goals, tasks and resources needed to achieve success in supporting or improving a space’sarea of practice.

Stakeholder Mapping Template and Facilitator Guide

This tool helps to identify key stakeholders and develop key messages to support project implementation and improvement.

Quality Improvement Metrics

This support document provides suggested measurements of success to help you assess how enhancements are helping your space achieve your goals.