Only 2 more weeks for holiday giving!

by Administrator 16. December 2014 13:07

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is coming to an end in just a few short weeks! There are only 2 weeks left to give to the Partnership through the INDY Week Give!Guide and our Holiday Book Drive with Barnes & Noble. Both these efforts last until December 31st, so please make your gifts now to support young children and their families throughout Durham!

Make a gift!

Please make a gift to the Partnership through the INDY Week Give!Guide to help prepare young children in Durham for success in school and in life! When you contribute anytime before December 31st, you have a chance to win prizes from our local business partners at Mateo, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pompieri Pizza and the Cupcake Bar. And since today is a Big Give Day, you'll also be entered to win a special package from the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Give big and win big!

Donate books!

Purchase books at Barnes & Noble during our Holiday Book Drive to help us spread the gift of literacy to young children across Durham! Our 9th Annual Holiday Book Drive has already been a huge success this year thanks to the wonderful customers at Barnes & Noble at Southpoint. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember to purchase books for children. We will collect and distribute them to children who are least likely to have books of their own in order to share a love of reading and learning.

Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season and throughout the year. Your support helps prepare children to succeed!

Tune in now! Watch the White House Summit on Early Education live

by Administrator 10. December 2014 09:54

Today is an exciting day for early education! The White House Summit on Early Education is a convening of prominent business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public committed to the expansion of high-quality early education opportunities for young children across the country. Early education is one of the best investments our country can make. Participation in high-quality early learning programs provide children from all backgrounds with a strong start and a solid foundation for success in school.

President Obama will speak from approximately 12:15-12:45pm, announcing new commitments and building on his call to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America. The entire event is being live-streamed at, so tune in now!

You can also help promote investments in early learning by participating in a Twitter storm today, Dec. 10, from 4:00-5:00 pm. Let’s make this a huge show of support for the launch of Invest in Us, a new initiative from the First Five Years Fund. Invest in Us is a challenge to public and private partners, business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and you. Build a better nation by expanding high-quality early childhood education programs for children from birth through age five. When we invest in them, we invest in us. 

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #InvestInUs and tweeting along with us at @DPFC_NC!

Faith volunteers enhance early development

by Administrator 8. December 2014 16:18

by Winnie Morgan, Faith Initiative Coordinator, Durham's Partnership for Children

Faith volunteers are the best! Well, I am biased as the Faith Initiative Coordinator for Early Childhood for Durham's Partnership for Children. I recently partnered with CONDUIT (Churches of Northern Durham United in inTention), Durham Head Start at Oxford Manor, and parents to have an exciting and engaging story hour in the Head Start classroom. The theme for the day was feast and family, so we began by reading the book “Feast for 10” by Cathryn Falwell.

After reading the book, the children went to three stations to reinforce the story. At one station, volunteers Barbara and Burton enjoyed a real feast with the children, including mini muffins, carrots, apples, oranges and pretzels. Each child got to frost their own cupcake and add sprinkles. Many of the children had never tried pea pods for a snack before and were amazed they liked them! Parents were encouraged to try the easy muffin recipe as a simple and fun way to engage children at home.


Another station focused on exploring with puppets to retell the story or to make up a new story. Volunteer Lee and a parent created a stage for the show with a broom stick between two chairs with a blanket over the handle. Children on each side of the "stage" enjoyed talking back and forth to each other with their handmade puppets – clippings of people from advertisements taped to Popsicle sticks. Parents could see how easy it is to engage young children in storytelling! So simple. So fun.

The last station involved using recycled white placemat paper to draw your family. The children eagerly talked with volunteer Kim and parents about who was in their family as they created their masterpieces to take home.


The story hour ended with children, parents and volunteers listening to the second story, "The Beastly Feast" by Bruce Goldstone. This book was a whimsical rhyming book about what each beast brought to the feast.

The CONDUIT faith volunteers engaged children and parents with INTENTION in activities, and they empowered parents to go home and replicate many of the activities for little or no cost. What a fun and productive day for all!

Vote for the Partnership's tree!

by Administrator 5. December 2014 11:53

Durham’s Partnership for Children is competing once again in the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge for a chance to win $5,000!  We are among 54 Triangle-based nonprofits that decorated a Christmas tree at Diamond View Park (the lawn area between DPAC and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park off Blackwell Street). Our tree, representing children age birth to 5 and their families, was crafted by some wonderful volunteers and our friends at Primary Colors Early Learning Center and Toddlers Academy. Be sure to check out our tree to see their smiling faces, hand prints and hand-traced parent and child reindeer ornaments!  

Please support the Partnership by 
voting for our tree - #22 – during the challenge, which officially kicks off tonight at 7:00 with the Tower Lighting at American Tobacco Campus. You can show your support by attending the kick-off event and by voting for our tree daily between Friday, Dec. 5th at 7 pm and Friday, Dec. 19th at 11:59 pm

Here’s how to cast your vote:
  • Vote online for our tree (#22) once per day per email address.
  • Vote via text message (once per day) by texting to 33733. Type TREE22 as the message to vote for the Partnership tree. 
  • Click here to request a daily reminder to vote! 
Every single vote is appreciated and puts us one step closer to winning the grand prize of $5,000! Thanks for your help!

Happy #GivingTuesday!

by Administrator 1. December 2014 16:11

We have a day to give thanks, two days to get deals, and now we have a day to give back! Here are two ways you can support the Partnership, invest in young children and families in Durham, and celebrate this national day of giving. 

Make a gift!
Please make a gift to the Partnership through the INDY Week Give!Guide to help prepare young children in Durham for success in school and in life!

When you contribute anytime before Dec. 31st, you have a chance to win prizes from our partners at Mateo, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pompieri Pizza and the Cupcake Bar. And since today is a Big Give Day, you'll also be entered to win a special package from the Fearrington House Inn. Give big and win big!

Tweet with us!
We are thrilled to be a recipient of the 2014 GSK IMPACT Award! Now, with your help, we could win an additional $10,000 to help build a healthier community! 

Join us on Twitter today as we discuss how quality outdoor learning environments are crucial to a child's development. Help us bring the classroom outside so children can learn, play and grow healthier! Follow along and chime in with #GSKimpact, @GSKUS and @DPFC_NC!

2013-14 Annual Report now available

by Administrator 25. November 2014 14:30

Our 2013-14 Annual Report is now available! This report showcases the work of our funded partners, community initiatives, and the many collaborators, volunteers and contributors who work throughout the year to help us achieve our mission of making sure every child in Durham enters school healthy and ready to succeed. Thank you for your support and for your role in this important work here in our community.

To view the 2013-14 Annual Report online, click here. Please contact Elaine Erteschik with any questions or for more information.

Congress reauthorizes Child Care and Development Block Grant

by Administrator 21. November 2014 14:45

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 has been reauthorized by the US Congress and signed into law by President Obama! The law, which Congress passed with strong bipartisan support, reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents a historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. Watch the video below to see President Obama signing this law.

The law makes important statutory changes focused on better balancing the dual purposes of CCDF - to promote families' economic self-sufficiency by making child care more affordable, and fostering healthy child development and school success by improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs. It also makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.  

North Carolina's own Senator Richard Burr led the bipartisan effort to reauthorize CCDBG. In North Carolina, the CCDBG brings millions of dollars in federal funding for the state's early childhood education system. Not only does it make child care available for approximately 100,000 low-income children and families every year, it also provides funding support for Child Care Resource and Referral, the TEACH programs, Wages Administration and much of the state's regulatory system.

This is major victory for children and families throughout the country!

The Partnership wins 2014 GSK IMPACT Award!

by Administrator 18. November 2014 16:13

We are thrilled to announce that we are a recipient of the 2014 GSK IMPACT Award! We are one of just nine Triangle non-profits to be awarded this incredible honor and will receive $40,000 in recognition of our achievements in building a healthier community. 

We were honored for our Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Collaborative, and Transformative work, particularly highlighted through our Transition to Kindergarten Initiative, the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative and Durham Early Head Start.

Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors such as safety, access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks undeniably contribute to our health. The GSK IMPACT Awards recognize nonprofit organizations with sustainable programs that address these critical community factors.

“Today’s winners show us what it means and what it takes to build a healthier Triangle region,” said Katie Loovis, Director, US Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GSK.

In the Research Triangle Park region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation. “We are so proud to be able to support these vital nonprofits in our community,” said Lori O’Keefe, President & CEO, Triangle Community Foundation. “We are confident that the GSK IMPACT Awards will strengthen their work, and benefit our entire community for years to come.”

To view the full list of winners and read the full press release from GSK, please click here.

Win big during Big Give Days

by Administrator 17. November 2014 15:02

Don't miss your chance to give big and win big during the INDY's Big Give Days! Anytime you make a gift to the Partnership through the Give!Guide on one of these special Big Give Days, you will be entered to win these awesome prizes:

We have also partnered with some great Durham businesses to offer you prizes and incentives any time you give between now and December 31st!  Donors of $250 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Mateo Bar de Tapas; the first 50 donors who give $50 or more will receive a free burger & dirty fries from Bull City Burger and Brewery AND a free margherita pizza from Pompieri Pizza; and all donors who give $25 or more will receive a free mini cupcake from the Cupcake Bar.  In addition to the Partnership's incentives, you will also receive prizes from the Give!Guide, such as food and gifts from a host of local triangle favorites. Click here for all the incentive details.

Mark your calendar so you can give big and win big when you make a gift to the Partnership through the Give!Guide. Thanks for helping to prepare young children in Durham for success in school and in life!

New Report Shows Family Well-Being Is Critical for Healthy Child Development

by Administrator 12. November 2014 12:55

Excerpted from NC Child; November 12, 2014.

A new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to take a family-centered, two-generation approach to lifting children out of poverty. The KIDS COUNT® policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, makes the case that public policymakers and the private sector must address the interrelated needs of parents and children to ensure their future success. The report shows that parents need tools and support to overcome obstacles like child care, housing and the stress of managing a family with insufficient resources. In North Carolina, 50% of all families with young children are low-income. [In Durham, nearly 30% of children birth to 5 live in poverty].

“Children excel when they live in economically secure families with parents that have the support of a network of community resources,” stated Michelle Hughes, executive director of NC Child. “And thriving children result in a workforce that has the skills and education to compete in a global economy.”

One of the primary challenges facing low-income families is finding safe, affordable child care that is flexible enough to accommodate unpredictable service industry employment. A lack of reliable child care can mean fewer hours or even a lost job, which has a negative impact on the family and economy. 

As a result of a provision in the most recent state budget, fewer children are eligible for child care subsidies, particularly in the 6-12 age group. As a result of this change, many parents have to make difficult decisions about keeping their jobs or staying home to care for their children. According to a recent survey, 18% of North Carolina parents reported that childcare issues impacted their ability to work.

The report also highlights paid family and sick leave as a policy that can be adopted by public officials and business owners to allow parents to care for their children and themselves without losing income or even their jobs. It also focuses on the impact of excessive stress levels for parents and children and how to provide caregivers with the support they need to be loving, nurturing parents, even during difficult circumstances. To raise healthy children, parents must have the opportunity to take care of their own emotional, mental and physical health.

For more information about NC Child, please click here.

To read the full report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, please click here.

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