By Jennifer Shipp

I created a Facebook page specifically for the PAT program in my school district.
It is a great way to connect and share information with parents of young
children. With every mailing that is sent out to families, I include a note
inviting them to come and “like” our page. After a family has “liked” our page,
our status updates will begin to show up in their news feed. I have had parents
comment to me that they were so happy I had posted an event on Facebook because
otherwise they would have forgotten to come. I also like to share things I come
across online that I feel would be beneficial to parents of young children. Some
examples of things I like to share are community events, recent recalls on
infant products, parent-child activities and parenting tips on topics like
nutrition and car seat safety. I feel like Facebook is a great way to connect
with families.