Celebrate Giving Tuesday with Day 1 of our 12 Days of Giving

by Administrator 1. December 2015 08:35

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global movement dedicated to giving back during the holiday season. We're celebrating today by kicking off our 12 Days of Giving! 

Our role at the Partnership is to convene and facilitate a comprehensive early childhood framework for all 23,000 of Durham’s children birth to age 5 and their families. When you support the Partnership, you are making a lifelong difference. Early childhood education has a lasting impact on later learning, health and success in school and in life. Early childhood education strengthens our economy and workforce by promoting productivity growth and job creation in the near term and cultivating a better future workforce. Early childhood is one of the best investments you can make.

Every dollar invested in early childhood programs has a $7-10 return on investment. That return comes in the form of reduced remediation costs in schools, lower crime rates and less reliance on public programs -- all of which provide economic benefit and social stability to communities. However, the benefits do not stop there. Financial investment in our youngest citizens also leads directly to higher graduation rates, increased college attendance, higher earnings and better jobs.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, give back TODAY by making a gift to the Partnership through the INDY Week Give!Guide. It is also a BIG GIVE DAY, so you will be entered to win a concert for you and three friends at The Ritz when you make your gift. Thank you for strengthening families and making sure all children in Durham are ready to succeed!

We're thankful for you!

by Administrator 24. November 2015 13:12

This is the season to give thanks, and we want you to know how thankful we are for your support! By making a donation, giving your time, and being a voice for young children in Durham, you are making a lifelong difference. 

As a way to say thanks, we've partnered with some local businesses to offer you great prizes and incentives. Today is another BIG GIVE DAY, which means you have another chance to give big and win big through the INDY Week Give!Guide! Make a donation today and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card from Diamonds Direct Crabtree.  

You can also win prizes any time you make a gift in the Give!Guide between now and December 31st from our friends at Juju, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, and The Cupcake BarIn addition to our 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.

It's an exciting holiday season and we're happy to have your support in other ways, too! 

Our 10th Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive is a great way to help us share the gift of literacy! Visit Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint before December 31st to purchase books for us to distribute to children throughout the community. We are also in need of volunteers to help us sort books, so please click here if you'd like to get involved.

After Thanksgiving and Black Friday, don't forget about Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday! On Monday, November 30th, you can search for Cyber Monday online deals and shop for a good cause through AmazonSmile. Click here to find out how your purchases can benefit the Partnership. And on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, you can join a national movement to celebrate giving and help us kick off our 12 Days of Giving. 


We look forward to sharing more news about these fun holiday activities during the next few weeks. Thank you for helping to strengthen families and make sure all children in Durham are ready to succeed in school and in life!

2014-15 Annual Report now available

by Administrator 19. November 2015 08:45

Our 2014-15 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 2014-15 Annual Report online, click here. Please contact Elaine Erteschik with any questions or for more information.

Win big on Big Give Days

by Administrator 17. November 2015 08:19

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 some awesome prizes. Today is the first Big Give Day, so make your gift to the Partnership today for a chance to win a Durham Bulls Opening Night Package for 4!

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 Juju Asian 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 for the remaining Big Give Days (Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22) so that you can give big and win big when you make a gift to the Partnership through the Give!Guide. Thanks for helping to strengthen families and make sure all children in Durham are ready to succeed in school and in life!

SONAM fall concert to benefit the Partnership

by Administrator 13. November 2015 14:05

Mark your calendars for November 22nd!  Durham’s Partnership for Children has been named the beneficiary of SONAM’s (Singers of New and Ancient Music) fall concert. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 22nd at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church (304 E. Main St.), with a $10 suggested donation as admission. The Partnership will receive all donations collected that day.

SONAM is a chorus in Durham committed to creating high-quality sacred and secular choral music in a collaborative environment and giving back to the community. SONAM was founded in 2012 with two primary missions: to make excellent choral music, focusing primarily on the Renaissance and modern eras, and to support local non-profits through benefit concerts. SONAM consists of about 20 talented singers from central North Carolina and is a volunteer organization sustained by donations of time and resources.

The upcoming concert will feature music about parents and children from the Renaissance and modern eras, including works by Josquin, Victoria, Poulenc, Boquiren, Leary, and others

In the past Sonam has supported the work of Trosa, KidZNotes, Seeds, Caring House, Voices Together, and other local non-profits, and we are thrilled to be among these great organizations supported by this talented and generous group! 

To learn more about SONAM and the upcoming concert, please click here.


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Kickoff event for United Way Collective Impact Collaboratives

by Administrator 11. November 2015 12:50

Yesterday, the Partnership held a kickoff event for the DELTA and YOU United Way Collaboratives at the main branch of the Durham County Library. Both Collaboratives serve families in the attendance zones of Glenn Elementary School and Neal Middle School. The event offered an opportunity for administrators and staff at both schools to learn about support services available to students and their families during the 2015-16 school year. 

More than 30 people attended the kickoff event and heard presentations from partners in both Collaboratives about the services they’re providing as well as information about how to make referrals. 


The DELTA (Durham’s Early Learning Two-Generation Alliance) Collaborative provides a web of intensive supportive services for low-income children and families living (or attending child care) in the attendance zone of Glenn Elementary School. This target zone was selected based on data demonstrating significant risk factors in the areas of economic security, family well-being, and school readiness/success. Working together in a coordinated and focused manner, the combined expertise of the DELTA team will meaningfully impact the lives of these vulnerable young children. The DELTA Collaborative partners are: Child Care Services Association, Exchange Clubs Child Abuse Prevention Center, Center for Child & Family Health, Communities in Schools of Durham, and Durham Public Schools (unfunded).

DELTA services include:

The YOU (Youth Opportunities United) Collaborative creates an intentional, layered, multi-generational model of services to wrap around Durham students and their families to support student and family success. Their target population is families living in the attendance zone of Neal Middle School and Glenn Elementary School, with a focus on rising 6th graders. The YOU Collaborative partners are: Communities in Schools of Durham, Exchange Family Center, the Salvation Army of Durham, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, and Child Care Services Association.

The Partnership is a part of three United Way of the Greater Triangle Collective Impact Collaboratives, including DELTA. We’re excited to continue working with many of our existing partners, develop relationships with new partners, and advance innovative approaches to serve Durham’s young children and their families.

For more information about the Partnership’s other Collaboratives, please click here. For information about the DELTA Collaborative, please contact Megan Gray (megan@dpfc.net). For information about the YOU Collaborative, please contact Tamara Omazic (tamara@cisdurham.org)

Support the Partnership in the 2015 Give!Guide

by Administrator 6. November 2015 14:22

We are excited to announce that Durham’s Partnership for Children is featured in the 2015 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.

Your gift to the Partnership makes a lifelong difference, and we are also partnering with some great local 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 JuJu Asian 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 also have a chance to get other awesome prizes from the Give!Guide, including food and gifts from a variety 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. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22. Click here for all the incentive details.

Donations are accepted today through Dec. 31st! Please make your holiday gift to the Partnership through the Give!Guide to help strengthen families and make sure all children in Durham are ready to succeed in school and in life.

Leading for Equity Retreat explores racial equity in Durham

by Administrator 5. November 2015 09:22

Last week, the Partnership hosted its first Leading for Equity Retreat, facilitated by OpenSource Leadership Strategies. This 2-day retreat brought together local leaders, community partners, Partnership Board members, and staff for an honest and thought-provoking conversation about racial equity in Durham. 


The retreat considered the following key issues:

  • What are the structural and community conditions that ensure racial equity for individuals and communities?
  • How can we as a group and individuals foster dialogue and action that result in increased opportunities for the success of all children and families – especially from vulnerable communities?
  • How could a racial equity lens impact parent and family engagement?

The facilitators began by exploring the history of racial inequity in the U.S. and specifically in Durham. Then, through presentations, group discussions, role-playing, diagrams, and other interactions, they helped the attendees take an in-depth look at the retreat’s key issues and consider how to address them both as individuals and as a community. The focus throughout the retreat on how this work can impact the children and families we all serve made it a powerful experience for everyone involved. 


This opportunity was made possible by the North Carolina Partnership for Children through North Carolina’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Over the past several years, approximately one-third of all Smart Start Partnerships throughout the state have participated in racial equity trainings facilitated by OpenSource.

The Partnership plans to offer this retreat again in the spring. For more information about this and other trainings, please contact Paulette Stephens.

DPS Magnet School Fair on Nov. 7

by Administrator 2. November 2015 11:50

Durham Public Schools will hold a Magnet School Fair this Saturday, Nov. 7th 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 different process than other school registration. All applications must be submitted online during the magnet application window, which is January 11-29, 2016. However, beginning this year, parents must first register at their neighborhood school to optain their child's power school number. More information about the registration process can be found here and here.

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

The 10th Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive begins Sunday!

by Administrator 30. October 2015 09:41

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive begins this Sunday! This is our tenth year partnering with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to collect books for young children. During last year’s book drive we collected nearly 2,700 books that we distributed to 20 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 from November 1st-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 11th 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 Davida Major to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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

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