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.

Welcome Baby hosts 3rd Annual Coat Drive

by Administrator 11. November 2014 16:02

Welcome Baby's 3rd Annual Coat Drive begins this week and lasts through December 31st! Seeking to keep children clothed and warm this winter, they are accepting donations of new or gently used children's coats, hats and gloves (all newborn to size 7/8) to the Giving Closet. The Giving Closet provides an opportunity for families in Durham to shop at no cost for clothes, diapers and baby equipment for their young children.

Last year, Welcome Baby collected more than 350 coats and nearly 200 winter accessories during the Coat Drive. They hope to serve even more children and families this year, so please donate and help spread the word!

 

For more information, contact Patience Mukelabai, parent educator for the Welcome Baby Family Resource Center, at 919-560-7392 or pmukelabai@dconc.gov

Welcome Baby Family Resource Center is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension and is funded in part by Smart Start through the Partnership. They provide 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. Welcome Baby serves approximately 10,000 families a year by providing parenting classes, car seat classes, cribs, developmental newsletters and through the Giving Closet. 

Support the Partnership in the 2014 Give!Guide

by Administrator 6. November 2014 12:20

We are excited to announce that Durham’s Partnership for Children is featured in the 2014 INDY Week Give!Guide!  This annual program helps fund and promote local nonprofits by encouraging year-end giving and instilling the annual giving habit in Triangle residents. We are thrilled to be among the other wonderful organizations selected for this year.

We are partnering with some great Durham businesses to offer you prizes and incentives to give!  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 get other awesome prizes from the Give!Guide, such as food and gifts from a host of local triangle favorites. And on select “Big Giving Days,” everyone who donates $20 or more is entered to win even more prizes! The dates for these drawings are Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 30. Click here for all the incentive details.

The printed Give!Guide will be officially released this Sunday, Nov. 9th at the kick-off party, but donations are already being accepted now through Dec. 31st. We are so grateful to have such wonderful supporters, and we hope you’ll consider making a gift to the Partnership through the Give!Guide to help prepare young children in Durham for success in school and in life. 

Durham Public Schools Magnet School Fair this Saturday

by Administrator 5. November 2014 15:21

Durham Public Schools will hold a Magnet School Fair this Saturday, Nov. 8th from 10am – 1pm at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability (800 Clayton Road).

The fair gives elementary, middle and high school students and parents an opportunity to talk with school staff and explore magnet theme offerings at Durham Public Schools. There are 10 elementary magnet school options. Each school has either a specialized program, nontraditional instructional method, or operates on a year-round calendar. These are great options for students, including rising kindergarteners, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more!

Registering for magnet schools is a very different process than other school registration. All applications must be submitted online during the magnet application window, which is January 12-30, 2015. The application will become available online at 12am on January 12th. 

Click here for more information and a flyer you can share to help spread the word!

2014 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

by Administrator 3. November 2014 11:00

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive has begun! This is our ninth year partnering with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to collect books for young Durham County children. During last year’s book drive we collected nearly 3,400 books that we distributed to 19 organizations helping young children. With your help, we hope to share the gift of literacy with even more children this year!

Here's how you can help:

  • Visit Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint any time before December 31st to buy a book for a young child. The Partnership collects and distributes the books throughout the community.
  • Visit Partnership staff and volunteers at the store on Friday, December 12th where we will be wrapping gifts for Barnes & Noble customers.
  • Let us know of community agencies that could benefit from donated books.
  • Spread the word and urge others to support this cause!

If you know of organizations in Durham that could use donated books for children, please contact Elaine Erteschik. If you're interested in getting more involved with this year's Book Drive, please contact Krissy Dunn to learn about other volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for helping us share a love of reading this holiday season!

White House Announces Summit on Early Education

by Administrator 31. October 2014 10:43

The White House announced this week that President Obama will host a Summit on Early Education on Wednesday, December 10. The Summit will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including philanthropic, business, education, advocacy and elected leaders who are committed to expanding access to high quality early education. 

In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama maintained his support for expanding early childhood care, stating his hope that every child in America will have high-quality early learning experiences. As part of that effort, a series of new federal, state and private sector investments have been proposed to establish and expand evidence-based programs for children birth to five and their families. 

Over the last several months, Senior Administration Officials have traveled across the country to hear from local communities about how to best advance the President’s agenda to expand access to high-quality early education. The Summit on Early Education is an important next step to continue this conversation of how to better serve children and prepare them for success in school and in life. 

During the Summit, President Obama will also announce the states and communities that will receive Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start Child Care Partnership awards to enhance and expand preschool programs and to improve access to high-quality infant and toddler care for low income families.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently declared that the time to debate the value of early education is over, saying that the economic case for expanding preschool is “settled.” We know that there is broad bipartisan support, particularly here in North Carolina, for expanding early education, and we are thrilled to see these issues at the forefront of a national discussion.

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Take a Loved One to the Doctor and celebrate Durham’s RWJF Culture of Health Prize

by Administrator 28. October 2014 13:04

This Saturday, Nov. 1st, is the 3rd annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor event, held at the Durham County Human Services Building (414 East Main St.) from 10am - 2pm. This year, the family event also serves as a chance to recognize and celebrate the RWJF Culture of Health Prize with Durham County residents and officials. 

Durham County is one of six national winners of the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors communities that are working toward building healthier communities through innovative and exciting initiatives. Durham County will receive a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a Culture of Health. Saturday’s short ceremony will include comments from local officials, the Durham County award video and a performance by Durham entertainers.

Take a Loved One to the Doctor offers residents an opportunity to take control of their health and find out more about community resources. Wool E. Bull and K97.5 DJ Brian Dawson will make special guest appearances, and DATA is providing free transportation to the event. Spread the word and bring your loved ones for the celebration, health screenings, food and exercise demonstrations, free food giveaway, kids bike raffle, family activities and more! 

Click here for full event details.

Click here to download an event flyer.

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