15. August 2013 10:37
"In Durham County, 17% of kindergartners have untreated tooth decay." (NC CATCH)
"33% of children age three to five have cavities in baby teeth. Tooth decay is still the major cause of tooth loss in children." (NHANES, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
"Children with healthy teeth have better attendance and are more attentive in school." (American Journal of Public Health)
In April of this year, Durham’s Partnership for Children participated in the 2013 Great Human Race to raise funds to help address the crisis of poor dental health in young children. Preventive dental care beginning with infants is the best way to ensure proper oral hygiene is a part of a child’s daily routine and that children are receiving dental cleanings at age one.
Our campaign brought in just over $1,000 – thanks to some very generous donors in the Durham community. We purchased supplies and materials (toothbrushes, toothpaste, child flossing tools, an early dental health instruction booklet, coloring pages, crayons, and a Dr. Seuss book on teeth), and even had some items donated from stakeholders in the dental health field: DenTek Oral Care, Duke Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Gary Hill, and Southpoint Pediatric Dentistry.
We recruited volunteers to help build dental health kits with those supplies.
As a result, the Partnership was able to distribute more than 100 dental health kits to infants and toddlers in Durham during July and August. Dental educator Neelam Sullivan (Dr. Gary Hill) joined us on our visits to child care centers to teach the basics of tooth care. Among other lessons, Neelam talked about how much toothpaste children should use, the best times to brush, and how to hold a toothbrush and use dental floss. She shared how a healthy diet is good for building strong teeth and told the children about a “magic food” called cheese that fights cavities. And she brought along her puppet Smiley!
By providing these young children with some of the most basic supplies necessary for proper oral health, the Partnership hopes to combat this crisis starting at an early age.
We documented the impact with this short video so you can see just what a difference even the smallest donation makes. We hope you will watch, enjoy, and join us in celebration of this community success. Durham has given us a great reason to smile!
12. July 2013 09:40
This week was an exciting one for the Partnership team, staff members of which were tasked with delivering dental health kits to young children at Early Head Start child care centers in Durham. Earlier this summer, Partnership volunteers constructed the 109 kits for young children (birth to age 3) that included toothbrushes, toothpaste, child flossing tools, an early dental health instruction booklet, coloring pages, crayons, and a Dr. Seuss book on teeth. The Partnership was able to design this project through funds donated during our 2013 Great Human Race campaign, where we raised $1,050 to put toward planning, kit supplies, and implementation. Additionally, we received many donated supplies from stakeholders in the dental health field: DenTek Oral Care, Duke Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Gary Hill, and Southpoint Pediatric Dentistry.
Because we know that early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem, the Partnership seeks to address the crisis of poor dental health in young children by distributing dental health kits for preventive purposes beginning with infants.
The impact of this project was seen already this week as distribution began!
We delivered dental health kits to 32 children on Monday and 24 children on Thursday. Additionally, we invited dental educator, Neelam Sullivan, of Dr. Gary Hill’s pediatric dental office to join us on our visits to the child care centers to talk about the basics of tooth care with more than 100 young children. Her presentations are targeted toward our youngest learners; she engages children by using her puppet ‘Smiley’ to demonstrate proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques.
We still have a couple more dental presentations and child care center kit distributions left in the month of July, and an additional 45 children will be given kits through visits from home visitors through the Early Head Start program. The Partnership is proud of this investment in the health of Durham’s youngest children and grateful that generous donors and volunteers were the backbone of this tremendous effort!
19. June 2013 11:53
Tuesday marked the Partnership’s first oral health kit building day at which volunteers constructed 109 kits for young children (birth to age 3) that included toothbrushes, toothpaste, child flossing tools, an early dental health instruction booklet, coloring pages, crayons, and a Dr. Seuss book on teeth.
Our volunteers worked fast and furious to collate activity and education packets, label books and bags, wrap toothpaste in washcloths (for infant gum care), and assemble and sort the kits. They were nothing short of amazing – with both positive attitude and energy. Thank you volunteers for your commitment!
Efforts to create the dental kits first began in early spring during our 2013 Great Human Race campaign where - through many generous donations – we raised $1,050 in funds to put toward planning, kit supplies, and implementation. We would like to recognize those donors and our sponsors in the dental health field who contributed to the cause: DenTek Oral Care, Duke Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Gary Hill, and Southpoint Pediatric Dentistry.
The Partnership’s mission in participating in this year's Great Human Race was to address the crisis of poor dental health in young children. In Durham County, 17% of kindergartners have untreated tooth decay. Preventive dental care beginning with infants is the best way to ensure proper oral hygiene is a part of a child’s daily routine and that children are receiving dental cleanings at age one. Data from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion indicates that early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem. Additional research shows that children with cavities miss more school days and have poorer school performance than children with no cavities.
By providing these young children with some of the most basic supplies necessary for proper oral health, the Partnership hopes to combat this crisis starting at an early age.
Our next step is community distribution, scheduled to take place in July. Stay tuned for more news on the impact made in Durham!
7. June 2013 13:46
The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Healthy Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments, to early childhood professionals within the Triangle Area.
During the symposium, ideas will be shared on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations, hands-on sessions, and tours of the POD-3 Lab Site, First Environments Early Learning Center.
• Registration: Click this link to access the online registration form
• Event Date and time: June 21, 9:00am to 4:00pm
• Location: EPA Conference Center, 109 TW Alexander Drive, RTP, NC
• CEU credit will be available to all attendees upon completion of an online evaluation of the event
• Event cost is $15, which includes continental breakfast and coffee breaks
• Registration Deadline: Friday, June 14. Maximum participants: 125
• Please bring your own lunch or enjoy the Lakeside Cafe in the conference center
» Below is a Flyer with the event details. The flyer is also available by clicking this link.
We encourage professionals in Durham to take advantage of this opportunity!
Photo: The outdoor learning environment at Early Start Academy in Durham.
31. May 2013 09:10
Through the generous contributions of 20 donors, the Partnership raised $1,050 during the 2013 Great Human Race campaign!!! We extend a tremendous thank you to every single donor who made this possible; this year’s campaign represents a huge success for us as it is the first time we have met our GHR fundraising goal!
The Partnership’s mission for participating this year was to address the crisis of poor dental health in young children. Our goal is to provide 100 dental kits to young children in Durham County. Each dental kit will include a toothbrush, toothpaste, child flossing tool, an early dental health instruction booklet, coloring pages, crayons, and a Dr. Seuss book on teeth.
The Partnership would also like to recognize our sponsors in the dental health field who contributed to the cause: DenTek Oral Care, Duke Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Gary Hill, and Southpoint Pediatric Dentistry.
Before kits can be distributed, they must first be assembled. We are seeking volunteers to help us put together 109 kits and have scheduled an official kit building event here at the Partnership office to facilitate this effort. If you are interested in joining us on Tuesday, June 18th at 3 pm, please contact Krissy at email@example.com or (919) 403-6960 ext 230. (Volunteer time commitment: < 1 hour)
Stay tuned for more news on dental health kit distribution and the impact made in the Durham community!
5. April 2013 10:36
The Great Human Race is tomorrow, April 6th, and we hope you are planning to walk or run with us! Donations to the Partnership's Great Human Race fundraising campaign are still being accepted. We can reach our goal of $1,000! Don't forget that for every $10 you contribute, one more child will be equipped with the tools they need for proper dental health. Donate now to help give a kid a healthy smile and a happy life.
If you’re joining the Partnership team tomorrow, here are a few final pieces of helpful information:
- The Volunteer Center is expecting all walkers to be at the Main Stage (at Northgate Mall near Sears Automotive) by 8:15 am for Opening Ceremonies (We will be there holding up our Partnership sign and wearing these lovely bright blue shirts)
- If you are running, be at the Start line by 8:30 am
- After the race, you can enjoy entertainment by The Durham Divas, Bull City Sliders Line Dancing Club, and a live DJ. Children can meet Wool E. Bull, McGruff the Crime Dog, Booker the Fox and the Chick-fil-A cows. Kids will also be able to explore a real Fire Engine and Sheriff's patrol car. Other activities include face painting and crafts.
If you have any questions, please contact Krissy Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 403-6960. Thank you to each of our supporters and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow! It should be a fun, rain-free event.
28. February 2013 16:54
The Volunteer Center of Durham is hosting their 18th annual Great Human Race on April 6th, 2013. Community members will participate in the 5k walk/run to raise funds for their favorite area nonprofits. The race will start at 8:30am at Northgate Mall and proceed through the historic Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood.
The Partnership’s mission for participating this year is to address the crisis of poor dental health in young children. All funds raised for the Partnership will go toward providing children with educational dental health kits. We invite you to support us in our efforts to raise $1,000. Your backing will bring us one step closer to our goal of providing kits for 100 kids in Durham County.
There are many ways you can get involved:
-Joining us in the community walk
-Registering for the competitive run
-Fundraising for our cause
-Making a donation
-Helping us spread the word
Please keep in mind that for every $10 raised, one more child will be equipped with the resources for a healthier smile and happier life.
» Click here to explore our fundraising page, where you can donate, raise money for us, or share our message.
We look forward to seeing you on race day! If you would like to walk or run with us, or if you have any questions, please contact Krissy Dunn by phone at (919) 403-6960 ext 230 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
30. January 2013 12:01
There are still openings to attend the annual El Futuro Conference, ¿Y Ahora Qué ? 2013 - Sueños, Retos, y Oportunidades: Reflections on Latino Behavioral Health, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
Formed by a group of mental health professionals to serve the Latino immigrant population in North Carolina, El Futuro focuses on supporting entire family systems by offering quality outpatient therapy and psychiatry services for all ages. Providing such services – mental health evaluations, substance abuse treatment, social skills classes – addresses critical needs within this underserved population.
As El Futuro executive director Luke Smith notes, the Latino community is a child-bearing population. Research shows that children who have a parent with a mental illness are more likely to show developmental delays, lower academic competence, and difficulty with social relationships, and are more likely to have mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood. The loss and stress of coming to a new country amplifies many of the disorders that El Futuro sees in families – depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and more severe conditions.
The organization was featured yesterday on WUNC’s The State of Things, where Host Frank Stasio discussed Latino mental health with Luke Smith and Karla Siu, clinical manager at El Futuro.
Excerpts from the show:
“These [Latino families] are struggling with illnesses, they are struggling with the new culture, with the changes all around them,” said Smith. “We find ourselves oftentimes being advocates for people in the classroom, talking with teachers and administrators. Going into environments that psychiatrists and therapists wouldn’t normally go into.”
Karla Siu expressed how this should be a shared community effort and the conference will emphasize that ambition. “With the conference, we are trying to really have everybody understand some of the same issues that we are facing. Part of what we’re doing is coming together with other experts who have experience with some of this because it touches all our institutions in the community.”
Topics at this year’s conference include: Complex Trauma; Legal Issues; Sex Trafficking; Labor Trafficking; Perinatal Depression; Family Systems; Compassion Fatigue; and Psychology & Spirituality. To view the complete conference flier to see all topics and speakers, click here.
To register click here. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit the El Futuro Web site, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 688-7101.
15. January 2013 09:42
Something that is perhaps not obvious to the non-teaching world is just how much ongoing education it takes to equip early educators with the skills of their field. The credentials required by the state are not even the tip of the iceberg. Topics for education include child development, atypical development, health and safety, behavior management and first aid trainings, among others. A number of the Partnership’s funded programs invest in the formal education and in-service training of our early education workforce.
One of these programs, the Early Childhood Outreach Project (EChO) of the Exchange Clubs’ Family Center, provides consultation, support and referral services to Durham child care providers and families when a child’s behavior presents a challenge in the classroom. Additionally EChO helps providers learn strategies to foster social-emotional development of all children. Recently EChO invited Partnership staff to sit in during a training.
The CSEFEL Pyramid Seminar is one of the most valuable courses in which an early educator can participate. Taught by Aviva Starr, EChO Program Manager, this free, eight-session seminar that began in September is unique in that it engages both teachers and site directors on classroom strategies to reduce challenging behaviors in young children. Participants implement strategies in their classrooms between each seminar session – putting the lessons learned into action.
During the session we attended, which focused on the importance of building positive relationships with children, families, and coworkers, we were honored to sit among a room filled with highly-qualified child care site directors and early educators. With a strong focus on the why of building positive relationships, Aviva put it into a context easily understood by working adults.
“Close your eyes and think about the best boss you’ve ever had. Now, think about the worst boss you’ve ever had. Friday at 4 pm rolls around and both bosses come to ask you for a favor. What is your response to each request? Who are you more willing to help? That is the difference between a positive and negative relationship.”
In the preschool classroom, a child hears an average of 50-60 commands every 30 minutes. Favor after favor is being requested of these young learners. Children need to learn to follow a teacher’s directions, but this happens with greater ease when a child feels the nurturing care of their providers.
“We will only have success if we have strong relationships with the children in our care,” said Aviva. “Similarly, families are only able to hear a provider’s concerns when they know the provider sees the child’s strengths as well.”
Practical strategies for building positive relationships with children, parents and coworkers were shared. Some of our favorites include:
- Show children that you are happy they are there.
- Follow a child’s lead during play.
- Speak to children at their eye level.
- Give children individual attention –in play, reading a book, talking about their interests or simply a hug.
- Give children specific praise when they are on task.
- Make naptime calls – call or send an email sharing a sweet story about their child’s day.
- Greet families by name and ask about their day.
- Have notes and materials sent home translated into family’s language.
- Schedule regular parent/teacher conferences to share information about children’s development and plan together to respond to any challenges.
- Create a family welcome area.
- Address disagreements outside the classroom.
- Model positive social skills and interactions.
- Find ways to show appreciation.
- Respond in a positive manner consistently.
- View other colleagues and professionals as supports.
The expertise shared in this training series will no doubt help create a smoother day for children in the care of early childhood professionals. Congratulations to the EChO team on engaging the community in another successful seminar!
12. October 2012 09:53
Welcome Baby, one of the Partnership’s funded programs, is turning 25 this month and we want to celebrate alongside this wonderful organization! Beyond offering a variety of parenting classes and educational and emotional supports to families, Welcome Baby is also known for its Car Seat Safety Program, the Giving Closet and the Cribs for Kids Durham program.
Cribs for Kids© is a nationwide support program for families that is managed at the local level by Welcome Baby. Through donations, they are able to distribute cribs to families referred through agencies providing in-home services and nurse home visiting programs. Not only do the cribs provide a safe sleep environment for newborns, but families given cribs also receive safe sleep education. The goal of the program is to decrease SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and to ensure that every parent has a crib that needs one.
To celebrate 25 years of service, Welcome Baby would like to purchase 25 pack ‘n’ plays for the program. To meet this goal and to help bring awareness to SIDS, the organization will be accepting donations throughout the month of October. Any donation is graciously accepted and is tax deductible; a $50 donation will purchase one Pack 'n Play crib for a Durham family in need.
If you wish to donate, please make checks payable to Welcome Baby and note Cribs for Kids in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Welcome Baby, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701. You may also donate online at www.welcomebaby.org.
>> Read more about Welcome Baby and its programs.