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It takes a village to raise a child but what does it take to raise the village?

Authors Tracy and Tammy answer this question in concise and colourful detail by showing how the fields of early childhood work and community development can unify their concerns, expertise, and vision – and in the process create villages that develop their communities by developing their children.

Raising the village is a concept that aims to build and strengthen connections between village members. When people work together from a place of strengths – relationships are built, shared leadership is framed and meaningful relevance is created that is far greater than any individual effort.

Raising the Village is an invaluable resource for:

Community developers, child advocates, participants of early childhood collaboratives, policy makers, leaders of organizations serving children and families, college and university instructors, and students practitioners from social service sectors such as child care, health, education and social work.

Read the forward by Dr. Clyde Hertzman

Human development is at the centre of the global agenda in the twenty-first century. Our planet faces challenges that can be met only by people who are tolerant, empathetic, insightful, and capable of lifelong learning. Research teaches us that the roots of these human attributes are in the earliest years. Whether children will develop into effective citizens of our century depends in part on the qualities of participation, stimulation, support, and nurturance in the environments where they spend their earliest years. We as a global community, therefore, have a strong interest in what goes on in the most intimate realms of home, family, and community. While families want to do what is best for their children, in today’s world they need help from society at all levels. The quest we face is how to build an effective alliance between the global and the intimate without the former destroying the latter.

The best answer is likely the one contained in this book: by tying early human development to community development. The vision is one in which senior governments create the policy frameworks and funding formulae for sustainability and local communities and their leaders make the actual decisions.

The authors are pioneers in this approach. Tracy was one of the first community-based intersectoral coordinators for early child development in British Columbia. She dealt with building community capacity; supporting and coordinating effective program and policy development; and monitoring early child development outcomes in collaboration with university researchers. Tammy brought her background in early childhood education into the picture, partnering with Tracy in leading this intersectoral community initiative.

Raising the Village is based on the insights they have gained from their special vantage point. It deserves broad dissemination, not only to community developers but also to those at senior levels in society who want to know how investments in the earliest stages of human development can support, and not undermine, local communities.

Clyde Hertzman, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FRSC
Director, Human Early Learning Partnership

What Raffi had to say!

“This book is a welcome addition to the growing understanding of the primacy of early years in shaping the human lifespan.With a tone that’s bright and engaging, the authors show how to raise village capacity, to raise the “village to raise a child.” For all those working to build community resilience to enhance personal resilience from the start–tell your friends & colleagues”.

Raffi Cavoukian, Founder & Chair, Centre for Child Honouring

Part 1 – Bringing the Village to Life

  • It Takes a Village
  • Define the Village
  • What The Social Masters Say

Part 2 – Building Relationships

  • Getting Something Done
  • Who Is The Who?
  • How Do You Connect With The Who?

Part 3 – Framing Leadership

  • Governance of Leadership
  • Facilitative Leadership
  • Shared Leadership

Part 4 – Constructing Relevance

  • Grounding Relevance
  • Constructing Collective Relevance
  • Making Beautiful Harmony
  • Dialogue

Part 5 – Sustaining the Village

  • Strengths Are A Different Way of Thinking
  • Relationship Obstacles: Money
  • Leadership Obstacles: Burnout
  • Relevance: Territory
  • Conclusion

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