Launching Every Child as a Healthy Lifelong Learner
The Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC) operates multiple programs in Nash and Edgecombe counties directly and in collaboration with multiple agencies and organizations throughout Nash and Edgecombe counties to provide services that move the Partnership toward achieving its long term vision, mission and goals in its Strategic Plan.
DEPC provides support to ensure that the services they provide are of high quality, meet the needs of children and families, use evidence-based and family support best practices, and can evaluate their impact on annual and long-term outcomes.
Each funded program receives technical assistance on program delivery and evaluation. Programs are also provided training and networking opportunities to promote coordination of services, including participation in an early childhood learning collaboration.
All funded programs are monitored on an annual basis to ensure that each program is providing services with model fidelity, as outlined in their contract with DEPC. This review process identifies opportunities for technical assistance to strengthen service delivery and maximize impact. For more information, contact Michael Hunter, DEPC Program Development Manager.
Early Childhood Transition
Early Childhood Transition is an evidence-informed family engagement model administered by Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that works with elementary schools, early care providers, and families to facilitate a smooth transition for children into kindergarten. Elements of this model include the development and facilitation of district and individual school transition teams that plan and implement transition events for children and families before the first day of school, community outreach events to increase kindergarten registration, and coordinated transition planning between child care settings, elementary schools, and school districts.
Contact: Bety Cruz (252) 462-2527
Flex Funds for Edgecombe County
Flex Funds for Edgecombe County provides emergency family support funds to help families in crisis and to prevent out of home placement of children for families being served by Edgecombe County Department of Social Services.
Contact: Tilda Marshall (252) 641-7672
Flex Funds for Nash County
Flex Funds for Nash County provides emergency family support funds to help families in crisis and to prevent out of home placement of children for families being served by Nash County Department of Social Services.
Contact: Amy Pridgen-Hamlett (252) 459-1473
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)
The NAP SACC project, offered through Nash County Health Department, improves the health of young children by encouraging positive modifications in the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices of participating child care facilities. This evidence-based program utilizes a proven quality enhancement model, including the provision of a facility pre-assessment, individualized action plan development, training, and technical assistance for quality improvement, and post-assessment of resulting nutrition and physical activity policy and practice changes.
Contact: Larissa Mills (252) 459-1513
Deanna Tabron (252) 462-2636
Preschool/Kindergarten Transition is an evidence-informed family engagement model administered by Edgecombe County Public Schools that works with elementary schools, early care providers, and families to facilitate a smooth transition for children into kindergarten. Elements of this model include the development of district and individual school transition teams that plan and implement transition events for children and families before the first day of school, community outreach events to increase kindergarten registration, and coordinated transition planning between child care settings, elementary schools, and school districts.
Contact: Renee Johnson (252) 641-2635
Raising a Reader (RAR)
Raising a Reader is an evidence-based early literacy initiative administered by Braswell Memorial Library. The program prioritizes literacy skill development through daily book sharing between parents and their young children. Child care centers with a three, four, or five star rating and a high percentage of low-income children are targeted for participation. Weekly book bag exchanges and shared reading sessions are provided to children at these sites. Additionally, parents and teachers in participating centers receive training on best practices to support literacy skill improvement in the children served by the program.
Contact: Jennifer Stearns (252) 442-1951 ext. 233
Reach Out and Read (ROR)
Reach Out and Read partners with medical care practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents. The participating medical care providers (e.g., pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals) incorporate Reach Out and Read (ROR) into young childrens’ regular pediatric checkups or well-child visits according to the National ROR guidelines. During each of the routine visits, parents receive a new, culturally- and developmentally-appropriate book to take home and read to their children. The medical care providers discuss the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourage parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development.
WAGE$ Salary Supplement Program:
The WAGE$ Salary Supplement Program, administered by Child Care Services Association (CCSA), provides education-based salary supplements to child care professionals. By rewarding staff for continued educational attainment and longevity within child care facilities, this evidence-informed model increases the quality and continuity of child care.
Contact: Allison Miller (919) 967-3272