Kidcycle Sale this weekend benefits the Diaper Bank of NC

by Administrator 9. October 2015 14:27

The Kidcycle Consignment Sale is taking place today through Sunday, Oct. 11th at Northgate Mall. Featuring gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, and children’s furniture, the sale benefits the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a nonprofit that works to ensure children living in poverty receive the diapers they need. 

The Kidcycle Consignment Sale began as a way for parents to recycle and save money, but it has since evolved into a way to help parents keep babies clean and dry. Diapers are expensive and not covered by most nutrition programs or food stamps utilized by many low-income families. When diapers are not changed frequently, the risk of health problems, stress and discomfort greatly increases. 

Now, 100% percent of the proceeds from Kidcycle go to the Diaper Bank, providing thousands of diapers for local children in need. There will also be a “diaper drop” this weekend for people who want to contribute without purchasing anything at the sale.

“Kidcycle’s Fall & Winter Sale represents a win-win for our community,” said Michelle Old, co-founder of Kidcycle and the executive director of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. “We are excited about the opportunity to help both our consignors and babies in need benefit from the sale’s success.” 

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9th and 10th from 10 am- 8 pm
Sunday, Oct. 11th from 12 pm- 6 pm

Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd.) near Entrances #2 and #10.

For more information, please click here.

"Let's Talk: Harvest" with Read Aloud

by Administrator 6. October 2015 16:09

Read Aloud 15 Minutes has launched their October “Let’s Talk: Harvest” campaign, reminding parents that the more one sows, the greater the harvest! Babies begin learning at birth, and the campaign emphasizes the fact that great things come from small beginnings.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a national non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school. Just 15 minutes a day of reading aloud from birth is more than 450 hours of reading time by kindergarten.

Visit for a variety of resources and tips for reading aloud, including a "Let's Talk: Harvest" toolkit. If you’re interested in reading to children in Durham as part of our Readers as Leaders program, please contact Davida Major, Operations & Volunteer Coordinator at the Partnership.

A good budget for early education

by Administrator 1. October 2015 10:06

The 2015 Legislative session officially ended on September 30th, after many months of work. The House and Senate approved a long-awaited $21.74 billon budget deal which Governor McCrory signed into law on September 18, 2015. Overall, the early education budget fared well! Here are some highlights about the budget items on the Partnership’s and the NC Child Care Coalition’s agendas:   

Over $620 million in state and federal funding for early education was continued for Smart Start and Child Care Subsidies, and NC Pre-K, which also received a $5 million boost to continue support for 520 preschool seats approved last session. (Coalition priority)

Child Care Subsidies
The budget agreement partially restores access to child care assistance, making it possible for more families to get quality child care for their children while they work or go to school. Specifically, the budget redefines “family income unit,” so that the income of relative caregivers, like grandparents, doesn’t count against a child’s eligibility. The budget also reestablishes a prorated parent fee for part-time child care. (Coalition priorities; unsuccessful in restoring income eligibility to 200% FPL for children ages 0-8)

Better Subsidy Reimbursement Rates
The budget improved child care subsidy reimbursement rates for infant and toddler care in three, four-, and five-star programs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Counties which includes 80 smaller, more rural counties. This is the second year in a row where the Coalition’s advocacy for better rates was successful. (Coalition Priority; urged legislators to extend this policy to all 100 counties)

Study Committee
Created an Early Education Committee that will study early childhood and family support programs, including the Child Care Subsidy Program, NC Pre-K, and Smart Start. (Coalition supported the study committee and opposed a merger of early education programs)

DOD Licensing Exemption
Exempted Department of Defense (DOD) Child Care facilities from licensing and allowed these programs to participate in the state subsidized child care programs. (Coalition opposed this bill)

Overall, this budget signals strong support from policymakers for early education! Please send a special thanks to budget leaders and your own legislators about their support for early education. You can write legislators through the Coalition's Action Center or contact them through  

We appreciate your commitment and willingness to stand up for early education! If you are interested in learning more about policy issues and how to participate in the advocacy work of the NC Child Care Coalition, please take a few moments to take this survey.

Thanks for being a champion for young children and families in Durham!

Durham Touchpoints Collaborative begins a new Individual Level Training

by Administrator 29. September 2015 14:37

Today, another group of service providers from agencies across Durham began Touchpoints Individual Level Training, making them the 6th cohort to be trained as part of the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative


The Durham Touchpoints Collaborative is a certified Touchpoints community site, now with two complete training teams. This allows the Touchpoints Collaborative to provide even more training for additional service providers, furthering the reach of the Touchpoints approach through our community and enhancing how professionals engage with each other as well as with the families they serve.


This cohort of trainees included representatives from Duke Primary Children’s Care, Durham Early Head Start, Durham Head Start, Durham Public Schools, Healthy Families Durham, and East Durham Children’s Initiative. With multiple people from each agency, the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative hopes to saturate these partner organizations. There are now several organizations that have had 100% of their staff complete Touchpoints training!


Touchpoints is an evidence-based theory of child development based on the work of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton that is used by providers across disciplines (e.g. pediatrics, home visiting, early education). Once implemented by providers, this method helps parents understand regressions that accompany their children’s developmental spurts, which occur often during the first years of life. The Touchpoints approach gives providers tools to support parents during these challenging times and to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Touchpoints also helps to build relationships among providers to create a common language when working with families.

Since the launch of the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative in 2013, 95 providers from 16 organizations have completed training, reaching more than 2,000 families through their services. For more information, please contact Paulette Stephens, Director of Training and Community Engagement at Durham’s Partnership for Children.

Touched by Grace Health Fair this Saturday

by Administrator 24. September 2015 15:46

This Saturday, September 26th is the annual Touched By Grace Health Fair for Durham Early Head Start families. This wonderful opportunity takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (824 N Buchanan Blvd). 

Services at the health fair include: food, clothing, medical screenings, dental services and screenings, optical screenings, and haircuts. There will also be children’s activities and a meal provided for all attendees. All at no cost for Durham Early Head Start families!

Last year, more than 200 people attended. Please help spread the word to any eligible attendees. Thanks to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church for hosting this generous event once again!

Women's arm wrestling competition to benefit Welcome Baby

by Administrator 22. September 2015 15:34

On Saturday, October 3rd, our friends at Welcome Baby will be the beneficiary of an event hosted by the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD). The knock-down, drag-out arm wrestling competition will take place at Triangle Brewing Company (918 Pearl Street) at 9:00pm (doors open at 8pm). All the proceeds from ticket sales, donations and bribing the judges will go to their Cribs for Kids program, which provides pack ‘n plays to Durham families in need of a safe place for babies to sleep and shares safe sleep strategies. You can make general donations that will be counted toward the total funds raised, or you may “vote” with your dollars for a specific contestant - including Cribs for Kids Coordinator Cindy Riley a.k.a. Ms. Crib Crusher!

Here are a few ways you can join the fun: 

Attend the event on October 3rd, cheer and donate!

Click here to sign up for a volunteer opportunity the night of the event.

Click here to donate to Cribs for Kids. Please designate your donation to Ms. Crib Crusher (Welcome Baby’s Wrestler)

Contact Cindy Riley for details - 919-560-7319,

LUEWWD strives to improve opportunities for women and girls through hosting creative community-based women’s arm wrestling competitions to raise funds for organizations supporting women and girls in Durham. It has raised more than $60,000 to date!

Welcome Baby is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension and is partially funded by the Partnership through Smart Start. Welcome Baby provides parenting education and support to families with young children, and services are available for free to all Durham County residents with newborns and children to age 5. 

*LUEWWD loves kids! Welcome Baby loves kids! But this event is not for kids, so leave the little ones at home on Oct. 3rd.


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2015-16 NC Pre-K Training Institute

by Administrator 17. September 2015 09:34

By: Danielle Johnson, NC Pre-K Program Manager at Durham's Partnership for Children

The NC Pre-K 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start! On August 18th, NC Pre-K directors and teachers attended a full day training hosted by the Partnership at White Rock Child Development Center. White Rock is a 5-star, NCAEYC Accredited NC Pre-K site. Attendees received incentive bags and had an opportunity to win early childhood education classroom materials, all of which was donated by Crystal Hewett-Craft of Lakeshore Learning.


The day consisted of group activities focused on the NC Pre-K requirements and common expectations held by families, children and educators. Aviva Starr, EChO Program Manager, provided additional presentations on Toxic Stress and Buffering Children from Toxic Stress. The day concluded with an interactive presentation by Teaching Artist from Carolina Ballet on their Moving Bodies Learning Minds Pre-K Creative Movement Curriculum.


The NC Pre-K program is extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Carolina Ballet during this school year! The Moving Bodies Learning Minds Pre-K Creative Movement Curriculum is funded by the PNC Foundation's Grow Up Great early childhood initiative. This program will be implemented in four of our NC Pre-K classrooms.


Overall, both NC Pre-K educators and administrators indicated the training was “fun, informative, and helped to ease the start of school anxieties.”

We look forward to sharing more about NC Pre-K throughout this school year! Until next time, please continue to support early educators in your community through volunteer opportunities and advocacy.

Partnership staff volunteer together for 9/11 Day of Service

by Administrator 14. September 2015 14:04

Last Friday, Partnership staff spent the morning volunteering at Meals on Wheels of Durham as part of the 9/11 Day of Service coordinated by Activate Good.

It was nice to give back to our community in a much different way than our every day work, as we worked together to prepare and deliver meals to the 485 seniors served each day by Meals on Wheels of Durham! During our time there, we helped pack nutritious hot meals, loaded cars, and then delivered the meals to clients throughout Durham. It was rewarding and fun to work together, but it was also an emotional and eye-opening experience, giving us insight into some of the issues facing Durham’s seniors. In addition to reinforcing our own sense of community service, it was also a great reminder of how many organizations in Durham work so hard every day to help those in need.

This was the fourth annual 9/11 Day of Service, which was established to honor those lost on 9/11 through community service. This was our second year participating in this great event as a staff. An estimated 2,000 volunteers took on more than 80 projects around the Triangle for this year's event!

Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for eligible homebound adults in our community. Their mission is to serve the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves. Dedicated volunteers deliver lunches to their clients each weekday, with the objective of improving the nutritional status and health of these individuals. It is their goal that this combination of nutritious meals and social contact will help their clients to remain independent as long as possible. For more information, please click here.

Activate Good is a nonprofit volunteer center that activates volunteers to help charitable causes in the Triangle. Through outreach efforts and an extensive online volunteer community, they help recruit and connect individuals, groups and companies to fulfill volunteer needs. For more information, please click here.

Parenting workshops at Lincoln Community Health Center

by Administrator 11. September 2015 14:08

Lincoln Community Health Center is offering free parent workshops through December as part of their Parent-Child Readiness Program for children birth to age 5.

These monthly bilingual workshops target common concerns of parents of young children, fulfilling Lincoln’s mission to care for a child’s physical and social/emotional wellbeing and development. The program provides support from an early age to help prepare children for success in school and in life.

The workshop topics are:

September 23: Power of Play
Children learn and develop through play. Come learn how to use play to stimulate your child. 

October 14: Healthy Eating
Learn about providing young children with a healthy balance meal.  

October 28: Baby Massage, Exercising with Baby and Toddler
Stimulate growth and parent-child bonding through massage and exercise.  

November 18: Behavioral Problems
Having a difficult time managing your child’s behavior? Learn simple and practical strategies to help manage behavior.

December 16: Speech
Do you have concerns or questions about your child’s speech? Bring your questions and learn how to stimulate your child’s language.  

All workshops are open to the public and will take place in Conference Room B from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Educational materials and refreshments will be provided. For a bilingual flyer, please click here. For more information, please contact Diana Marroquin, Case Manager, at 919.956.4060 or

Vending machines offer free books instead of snacks

by Administrator 9. September 2015 10:35

This summer, thanks to JetBlue’s Soar with Reading program, children in Washington, D.C. discovered big blue vending machines full of brand new books in their community. 

The machines were stocked with free books, and children were allowed to take as many as they want, returning as often as they want – no strings attached. As the book selections rotated throughout the summer, parents could even opt in to getting text message alerts and updates about available books. 

The three vending machines were installed in Anacostia, one of the District neighborhoods with the lowest literacy rates. The company decided to fund the book vending machines after commissioning a survey on areas with limited access to books, known as “book deserts.”  In 2001, a study found that in underserved communities, there was only one age-appropriate book available for every 300 children.  JetBlue’s more recent survey determined that there was only one age-appropriate book for every 830 children in the area just outside our nation’s capital.

JetBlue’s pilot program provided approximately 100,000 books to children up to 14-years-old this summer. Detroit has just won the Soar with Reading Book Battle 2015 and will be the next city to receive 100,000 children’s books from the company. 

As we strive to improve early literacy here in Durham, we must continue to be innovative in how we find ways to get books into the hands of children who don’t have access to them. Book vending machines may not be a universal solution to this widespread problem, but it’s certainly a cool idea to get more children loving books as much as they love vending machine snacks! 


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