A Collaborative Platform for the Early Care and Education Community
MyPeers is a virtual learning network where you can brainstorm, exchange ideas, and share resources with early childhood colleagues from across the country. It was created by the Office of Head Start (OHS) to help you connect and learn with people who share your interests and program responsibilities. These informal connections can be a great source of encouragement and insight.
There are more than 40 MyPeers communities! Join as many as meet your roles and interests. Current communities include:
- American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Language and Culture
- Child Care Health Consultants
- Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices (CLRP)
- Directors Corner
- Disabilities/Inclusion Network
- PFCE Deepening Practice
- Economic Mobility for Families
- Health, Safety, and Wellness
- Home Visitors
- Mental Health Consultation
- Opioid Misuse and Substance Use Disorders
- Staff Wellness
- Teacher Time
Several states and regions also host targeted MyPeers communities.
Watch this webinar to discover ways to minimize face-to-face contact and travel as your program responds to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) is still the official information center for OHS, but we hope MyPeers further supports your important work with children and families.
Join or log in now to explore the open communities in MyPeers.
MyPeers: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is MyPeers?
MyPeers is a virtual learning network where you can brainstorm, exchange ideas, and share resources with early childhood colleagues from across the country. It was created by the Office of Head Start (OHS) to help you connect and learn with people who share your interests and program responsibilities. These informal connections can be a great source of encouragement and insight. To learn more, watch the Introduction to MyPeers video.
What is MangoApps?
MangoApps is the company that created and hosts the MyPeers technology. OHS licenses the MangoApps software for MyPeers.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Mayor of MyPeers will address your concerns or questions.
Who can join MyPeers?
Anyone with an email address can join MyPeers. It is specifically designed for early childhood professionals and supported by OHS.
How do I sign up for MyPeers?
Visit the MyPeers page on the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Center (ECLKC). Scroll to the bottom and select "Create an Account." Fill out the form and within a few days you will receive an email from MangoApps with your login information.
Where do I sign up to attend an orientation session?
The ECLKC maintains a list of upcoming events, including MyPeers Orientations. In addition, OHS sends a monthly email through the ECLKC to advertise upcoming MyPeers Orientations. Finally, members of the MyPeers Central community can find a schedule of MyPeers Orientations in the community calendar. Select the links provided in any of these ways to register for an upcoming orientation session. Register for the session that best fits your schedule.
How do I log in?
Once your membership account has been created, you will receive an email from MangoApps with instructions on how to join. Visit https://mypeers.mangoapps.com/ and login with your email address and password. Your first task should be to roll your mouse over your own name in the upper right corner. Choose "View My Profile" and then roll your mouse over your own initials and change your profile picture. Be sure to use a photo, avatar, or cartoon of yourself; do not represent a picture of someone else as yourself.
How do I find communities to join?
Communities are open to all members of MyPeers. You can freely check them out and join the ones of interest to you. Choose "Communities" from the left-hand navigation. Make sure the filter in the upper right corner is set to "All Communities" instead of "My Communities." You'll then see a series of icons representing all open MyPeers communities. Select an icon to enter the community. Look around at the news feed, documents, and other resources. If you'd like to receive community updates, select the blue "Join" button in the upper right corner.
How do I join a workgroup?
Workgroups are limited to only those members with permission to join. Please do not request permission to join a workgroup unless you are positive you are supposed to be there. Choose "Workgroups" from the left-hand navigation. Make sure the filter in the upper right corner is set to "All Workgroups" instead of "My Workgroups." You'll then see a series of icons representing all closed MyPeers workgroups. Select an icon to enter the workgroup. If you are not a member, you can only read a short description of the workgroup. If you believe you have been invited, feel free to select the blue "Join" button. You will then need to await approval from the workgroup administrator to join the workgroup.
How do I get fewer/more email notifications?
To set your notifications, roll your mouse over your own name in the upper right corner. Choose "Change My Settings" and then "Change What's Important." Go through each of the tabs and check off any items you want to be notified about. Leave blank any items for which you do not want to receive notifications. Don't forget to save your changes.
What do I do if my email address changes?
Login to MyPeers with your old email address. Select "View My Profile" by rolling your mouse over your own name in the upper right corner. In the "Profile Info" tab, choose the pencil icon next to "Contact Details." There, you may change your email address and update any other information. The next time you login, use your updated email address.
How do I use the app?
Download the MangoApps application (app) from the App Store or Google Play for Apple and Android devices. Once downloaded, be sure to change the domain name to mypeers.mangoapps.com. Use your email address and password to log in. You must have a MyPeers account to login and cannot sign up via the app.
How do I start a new community or workgroup?
From the MyPeers Central community, select the "Pages" tab on the left. Choose "Request New Community/Workgroup" from the upper tabs. There you will find a blank form to complete and submit to the Mayor of MyPeers. The Technical Review Committee will review your proposal and get back to you with any questions and/or their approval of the new community or workgroup.
Last Updated: April 7, 2020