Education and training are at the core of everything at CLEARCorps. Knowledge is power. The more that families and communities know about the dangers of lead, asthma triggers, and other in-home environmental health hazards, the better prepared they will be to protect their children. It is through sharing information and best practices that that CLEARCorps is able to reach the many audiences that effect whether a family is safe from lead poisoning and other health hazards that can lurk in the home.
CLEARCorps’ approach to educating, training and sharing information with parents, policy makers, daycare and education providers, contractors, medical practitioners, and others, who have a stake in protecting the potential of children, varies depending on the audience and their goals. However, there are a few key commonalities in our approach, no matter the audience. We always study and take into consideration the interest and goals of the particular group. We strive to share as much information as possible and to provide as many skills and resources as we can. We work in all manner of settings from one-on-one encounters to large conference presentations, tailoring our information and delivery to the audience we are addressing.
A key aspect to educating about lead and healthy homes is our belief that as much as we have to offer in the way of knowledge and best practices, we equally have the opportunity to learn from every family and group with whom we work. Each interaction gives CLEARCorps the chance to deepen our knowledge. An example of CLEARCorps benefiting from knowledge gained comes from its work with immigrant families living in high-risk housing. From them, we learned that having a translator present when working with a family is not as effective as having a trained member of the family’s community work directly with the family in their native language.
In addition, a few more of the specific ways we educate and train are through our TheaterCorps Program, through our national community-based partnerships, through the national conferences we attend, present at and host, and now, through all the resources we’ve created and gathered here on this website. We look forward to being of service to you, your family and your organization. We hope that you will become active participants in making this website a useful “go to” resource and that it proves beneficial in helping you and your organizations in creating healthier living environments for children.