Summer Learning Toolkit

We want our children to grow up to be happy and successful adults—to be the best that they can be. School plays a big part in helping our children achieve these dreams—and so does summer!

One of the three main goals of the Twin Counties Read to Rise initiative is to provide resources and efforts to enhance summer learning opportunities.

Our goal: Children in the Twin Counties have opportunities to learn during summer months, and families take advantage of those opportunities. Once baseline data has been established, at least 25% of families will participate in summer learning opportunities. By 2020, the percentage will increase to 35%.

Would you like to be an ambassador for Summer Learning? Want to spread the word and share information with parents or families about summer learning?


Check out this tool kit provided by the North Carolina Early Education Foundation:

NC Summer Learning Toolkit


Parent Resource Sheet



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Summer Kaleidoscope Play & Learn®Groups

Come join us in Discovery Park on these Thursdays from 9:30 – 11 AM

To register, call Jennifer at ext. 270 or email jcobb@depc.org.

June 21 & 28

July 12 & 26

August 2 & 9


*Fall groups begin in August!*

DEPC is registering for our Play and Learn groups.  These sessions are offered every week for 16 weeks at DEPC’s engaging indoor play space as well as within the community.  Kaleidoscope® Play and Learn Groups are designed for families with children birth to age 5 who are not in child care.  Participants will have lots of parent/child time, hands-on learning, and gain helpful ideas to prepare children for school.  During each session families have free play, arts and crafts, snack time, and group time.  Separate sessions will be held at DEPC, Harold D. Cooley Library in Nashville, and Edgecombe Memorial Library in Tarboro.

     Registration required. Contact Jennifer Cobb at ext. 270 or jcobb@depc.org.

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National Summer Learning Day is July 12, 2018

National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. Your participation sends a powerful message across the nation that summers matter and offers an opportunity to showcase how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people. Look for locations and events that support summer reading and summer learning throughout your community including your local library.  Read with your child every day or have them read to you.  Remember, we are all summer reading ambassadors!



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Summer Feeding Kickoff!

Our Thanks to Cummins for Supporting the Read to Rise and Summer Feeding Programs

We all know that healthy eating is tied to successful learning and that’s true in summer too.  Healthy eating is hard all year long, but can be especially challenging during the summer when school breakfast and lunch isn’t happening.  During the summer when school is out of session, free and nutritious meals are available for children 18 years and younger at many locations throughout the community. To see the sites in our area, please visit the DEPC web site or  www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

Representatives from various summer feeding sites came to DEPC this week to receive Summer Learning materials as well as training about ways to enhance their summer feeding site.  Many thanks to Jackie Deloach of Cummins for providing the welcome. Cummins is sponsoring the Twin Counties Read to Rise campaign with Summer Learning being a primary focus.

List of 2018 Summer Feeding Sites

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Join the 25 Club!

It’s now easier than ever to show your support for the Down East Partnership for Children! For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day, you can support young children and families in the twin counties by becoming a member of the 25 Club. Just click on the link provided and sign up for a monthly gift of $25 for at least one year. Your name will be added to a new Mural Wall at DEPC and you will receive a ticket to attend DEPC’s big celebration event next spring.
The first 25 members to join the club will be entered into a prize drawing!

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