HopFly to host Partnership Night April 12

Mark your calendars for a fun night out that’s for a great cause too! “Partnership Pint Night” is Thursday, April 12th. Come out and support a great local business with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Down East Partnership for Children. Hope to see you there!


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NC Pre-K Advisory Board meeting called March 27, 2018 at 12 noon.

There will be a called NC Pre-K Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 12:00pm in the Down East Partnership for Children’s board room.  Accommodations have been made for advisory committee members who cannot attend. Please contact the Program Director, Wendy Price at wprice@depc.org or (252) 985-4300 for more information about those accommodations.


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We’re Hiring: Healthy Social Behavior Specialist

Position:  Healthy Social Behavior Specialist

Description:  This full time position is responsible for coordinating the Regional CCR&R Service Delivery System for professional development and technical assistance. Knowledge of child care licensing guidelines; demonstrated organizational and facilitation skills.  Effective coaching/consultation/technical assistance skills; and competence with completion and analysis of reporting data, computers and database systems are required.   Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development and a minimum of two years management experience working with preschool children and their families. Must be willing to travel and work flexible hours. Submit resume with cover letter to: CCR&R Provider Services Program Manager/ DEPC, Attn:  Wendy Price, PO Box 1245, Rocky Mount, NC 27802 or email to: wprice@depc.org.  To view a complete job description of this position, please visit our employment page.

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Jim Goodmon to speak at Luncheon on April 20

We welcome Jim Goodmon, Chairman & CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., as our keynote speaker for DEPC’s annual Week of the Young Child Luncheon. The event will be held at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, April 20 at Noon.

Enjoy lunch and time connecting with other business, community and faith partners.

Although it is not required, a donation to help offset the cost of this luncheon is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Link to donation page:  http://depc.org/donate/

Please contact Bethany Lambeth if you would like to register to attend.


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FREE Seminars for Positive Parenting

What is the Triple P Seminar Series?

Seminars are relaxed presentations that tackle some of the most common family issues.

You can do one, two or all three in the series!

For families who have children ages birth-12

All seminars are FREE and held at

Down East Partnership for Children,

215 Lexington Street, Rocky Mount and include dinner, childcare and fun incentives!


March 13, 2018 The Power of Positive Parenting

Learn tips to create a safe, interesting learning environment as well as assertive discipline techniques to use at home!

May 22, 2018 Raising Confident, Competent Children

Help your child learn to be respectful and considerate; have good communication and social skills; have healthy self-esteem; become a good problem solver; become independent

June 26, 2018 Raising Resilient Children

Learn ways to teach your child about their emotions and how to encourage them to express feelings in appropriate ways; help your child develop a positive outlook and how to cope in stressful situations

Dinner begins at 5:30 with the seminar lasting from 6:00 – 7:30

You may download the flyer here:  Series flyer


Call DEPC’s Family First Line at

(252) 985-4300

215 Lexington Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27801


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Early childhood key to education, career prospects – Henrietta Zalkind column

(As it appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram on February 11, 2018)

Link to article:  Click here


By Henrietta Zalkind

DEPC Executive Director

It is an exciting time to be in the Twin Counties. New businesses are moving into the area and new leaders are stepping forward to help. There is much enthusiasm and focus on looking ahead, not back. In fact, last week I attended the Institute for Emerging Issues forum.  There was a renewed focus on early education as a critical link to the cradle to career pipeline. Career skills and education start in the first years of life and we must plan early to sustain a productive future workforce.

That means starting early and ensuring these four pillars of early education are met: children are healthy and their development is on track before birth; children are in the highest quality care possible; families are engaged and communities are coordinated; and effective teaching and learning for K-3 students occurs inside and out, 365 days a year.  DEPC has built a model system for early childhood development that is making a difference. In order to meet the demands of the future and the workforce that will be required – we must scale up that system with a renewed investment and energy.

As the Partnership launches into its 25th year of service to Nash and Edgecombe counties, we look forward to celebrating the progress made, but are excited to plan for a future that will improve the lives of children, create a better economy and make an investment with great returns.    We know it will take all of us working together to bring the Partnership’s vision to a reality – that every child will be launched as a healthy, lifelong learner by the end of the third grade.

We will celebrate our 25 years in the Twin Counties through a variety of events culminating with a major celebration in December. Look for save the date information soon. The first event will be a golf tournament to benefit DEPC on Friday, April 13 at Northgreen Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The “Fore Every Child” Golf Classic will feature a Superball format and include four-person teams.  Contact Abby Glover at 252-985-4300 if you would like to join us as a sponsor or enroll a team.

During the following week we will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, April 15-20. This year’s theme is Growing Our Future.  Please mark your calendar for this week-long celebration. The Week of the Young Child is a time to celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Activities include a Celebration of Faith Communities, Children’s Parade, Story Times at Local Libraries, Party in the Park at DEPC’s Discovery Park and concludes with a Luncheon on April 20. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact us at 252-985-4300 if you would like to be a sponsor or would like more information.


In closing, we couldn’t have made the progress toward improved quality child care, health and literacy without our partners and we look forward to new relationships in the future.


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Calling All Golfers! FORE Every Child Golf Classic April 13

Looking for a healthy, fun way to not only get active but support young children? The FORE Every Child Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018 at Northgreen Country Club. The format will be Superball with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. (Registration will begin at Noon)

Not interested in playing but would like to be a sponsor? Tee sponsorships are available for $100.

Team sponsorship is $300.

For more information, contact Abby Glover or Monica Dood or call 252-985-4300.

Check here for a copy of the registration form:

DEPC Golf Classic

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Registration now open: Incredible Years – Preschool Series

Win FABULOUS Prizes….
while Learning Positive Parenting Techniques!
Down East Partnership for Children is currently registering for our next

Incredible Years – Preschool Series

(for parents of children 3-5 years of age (not enrolled in Kindergarten)

Session starts on February 8, 2018!
All sessions are held on
Thursday nights from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
16 weeks of FUN, PRIZES, LEARNING and MORE……
To register contact: Jennifer Cobb at (252) 985-4300
or jcobb@depc.org


Within a small setting, learn how to:

  • promote positive social and emotional behaviors in your pre-school age child
  • establish predictable household rules and routines
  • incorporate play with your child within your daily schedule
  • effectively manage your child’s challenging behaviors

As an Incredible Years participant you will receive:

FREE Dinner and Childcare!


A $50.00 gift card for participants attending at least 13 out of the 16 sessions!


Click here to view flyer:

Incredible Years Preschool 2018

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