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Input Needed from Potter County Families

Posted By: Jill Goodrich - 10/12/2022 12:00:00 AM

Potter County families with young children are being asked for their input in a community survey to measure parents’ general knowledge of child development and parenting perspectives related to raising young children ages birth to 5 years. 

The survey is from a coalition of early childhood development and education partners called Operation First Five. The chief investigators are Betty Coneway, Ph.D. and Traci Fredman, Ph.D. of West Texas A&M University. Operation First Five is trying to gather at least 800 responses from parents with young children in Potter County. 

“Parents have the greatest influence in the health, wellbeing and overall learning and development of young children. Operation First Five is using this survey to gather information to help parents in Potter County and the agencies serving children and families, to do their very best,” according to Dr. Coneway of WTAMU. 

Eighty percent of a child’s brain is wired by the time they reach the age of three years which really illustrates how important the early years are. Everything from social/emotional, language, early literacy and a child’s overall health is influenced during these early years. This survey will help community agencies use this information better support families. 

“The survey results will provide parents, caregivers, childcare centers, early intervention and therapy agencies, with the knowledge to give the children the best start possible,” says Dr. Fredman. “This survey will help us see where there are information gaps in our community and how to better inform parents of their vital role in being their child’s most important teacher.”  Potter County Parents can access the survey by using this QR Code:  

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