Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Other: Resource Fair and Learning Activity
- Other: Early Childhood Educators
Approximate Number of People Reached:
105 Early Childhood Professionals (benefitting 1083 total children)
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Each month, the Early Learning Support Specialist (in our on-site Resource Library) provides opportunities for learning through hands-on activities, resources, children's books, toys, and other learning materials. During the week of March 11-16, our Resource Library hosted the 2nd Annual Brain Awareness Week Resource Fair welcoming participation by child care professionals (preschool teachers, community college child development students/ professors, license exempt kinship caregivers, and licensed family child care providers) in our service area. Our 2019 focus, "The Importance of Self-Care for a Healthy Brain", focused on maintenance of a balance of daily physical activity and nutrition, while utilizing simple and practical ways to relieve/release stress. Each participant received materials (canvas, brushes, painter's tape, acrylic paint) and to create a personal art masterpiece using the "Resist Art" technique. Participants received DANA foundation Brain Awareness Week resources, free gift bags, enjoyed a "Build Your Brain Salad Bar" and sampled "Berry Green Smoothies".
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- BAW Stickers
- Brain-shaped Erasers
- BAW Pencils
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Fact Sheets
- New Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
This is our second year participating in BAW, and is becoming an event to look forward to each March. We've found that BAW not only introduces our community to the DANA Foundation and it's important Brain Development Research, it also opens the door to several conversations. Our focus on "self-care" was well received and provided an opportunity to start a deeper conversation about healthy brain function.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Start the conversation, meet people where they are, and know your target group. Remember "the what" AND "how" by planning activities that highlight the importance of healthy brain function (the what) in ways that are relevant to them (the how).
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