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Save the Date – State of the Child Luncheon

David Joyner to Provide Luncheon Keynote
Please join us as we end our annual Week of the Young Child Celebration with a luncheon on Friday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. at DEPC. This year features Rocky Mount’s own, David Joyner as the keynote.

We are excited to have David speak to us about his passion and commitment to the work of early childhood education and the role the business community plays in ensuring the success of our future workforce.

Please RSVP by April 10 to Kayla at 252-985-4300, ext. 237 or ktaylor@depc.org.
WOYC Sponsorships Still Available
If you would like to be a sponsor for this year’s activities or to check out the full slate of events for the Week of the Young Child, please click here!

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Central Michigan students lend helping hands

By AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer, Rocky Mount Telegram

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A dozen students from Central Michigan University are using their spring break to do good in the Twin Counties.

The group of 12 young women met Monday with staff members at the Down East Partnership for Children to learn more about the work of the partnership and to get their work assignments for the week.

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DEPC Awarded Federal Funds to Ensure Children a Healthy Start

DEPC Awarded Federal Funds

to Ensure Children a Healthy Start 

The Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC) has been awarded a grant to receive federal funds through the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to improve the health of young children so they are ready to start Kindergarten fit, healthy and ready to learn.
“We are excited this grant will allow the Partnership to expand the impact SHAPE NC has had in our community on the healthy growth and development of children before they enter Kindergarten – one of the first building blocks to that is a foundation of early learning and literacy,” said Henrietta Zalkind, DEPC Executive Director.
DEPC was selected, along with Wake County SmartStart, as a sub-grantee of a grant from SIF, a federal program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC)/Smart Start was originally awarded a $4 million grant in 2016 in order to mobilize public and private support for Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children Initiative.
SHAPE NC, an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation and NCPC created in 2010, assists communities across the state to promote healthy eating and active play among North Carolina’s youngest children, from birth through age five. The initiative works with child care programs to instill healthy behaviors early on, creating a solid foundation for a healthy life.
DEPC has been a SHAPE NC hub since 2010 funded by BCBSNC and will now receive $125,000 annually from SIF to fund project activities in child care, head start and public pre-k programs.
SIF is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal funding to be a catalyst for impact – mobilizing other resources to find and grow community solutions. This federal funding requires a dollar for dollar match to support the project  including community and family engagement activities, such as F.I.T., Faithful Families and outdoor learning.
Response to news of the grant: 
NC Senator Angela Bryant:
“Sen. Bryant is so proud of the long term capacity of the Down East Partnership For Children to stay on the cutting edge of services and programs needed for our children and families. This Social Innovation Fund to tackle obesity is another pillar in a strong foundation for our  pre- kindergarten students.”
Cindy Watkins, President of NCPC: 
“These two Smart Start local partnerships are leaders in their communities in advancing high quality early care and education. I am proud that they will be expanding their work of building outdoor learning environments, promoting exercise, and encouraging children to eat more fruits and vegetables.”
Lois Nembhard, acting director of the SIF at CNCS: 
 “The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative program that seeks to invest in truly compelling solutions to the persistent challenges facing our communities,” said Lois Nembhard, . “Smart Start has a proven track record for deepening community impact toward improved health outcomes and decreased health disparities among young children in childcare, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our impact in North Carolina.”
Kathy Higgins, President of the BCBSNC Foundation:
“The commitment of federal dollars re-emphasizes just how critical this work of starting during the earliest years is – to our local communities, our state and our nation. The partnership between NCPC and the BCBSNC Foundation has had a tremendous impact on the health and lives of not only our youngest children, but also their families and teachers. We are proud of the success we have seen and grateful that this work is expanding.”
In the next few months, NCPC will announce additional sub-grantees that will include other community-based organizations serving young children at the 200 percent or below federal poverty.
If you would like more information, please contact Henrietta Zalkind at 252-985-4300. Please plan to join us for Week of the Young Child April 23-28. To learn more about this week’s activities, visit  www.depc.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Free Continuing Education Class

STEP, United Way and Edgecombe Community College present a class designed for caregivers of children from kindergarten to third grade to provide strategies for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rocky Mount Telegram Book Drive

Need somewhere to send all your gently used children’s books?! See Flyer for more details!

 

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North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation needs a Project Manager Consultant

NC Early Childhood Foundation is looking to hire a consultant to serve as a project manager for the next phase of our NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading work. Responses are due by February 10. Click the link for more details!

http://buildthefoundation.org/2017/01/join-the-pathways-team/ 

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We’re Hiring!

The Down East Partnership for Children is now recruiting applicants for the following positions:

  • Child Care Resource & Referral Provider Services Program Manager
  • Family Resource Center Manager
  • CCR&R Regional Behavior Specialist

 

Please visit our employment page under the About Tab on our website for Job Descriptions and application submission details!

 

 

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Check Out Our 2016 Annual Report!

Click here to view report!

As we approach this season of Thanksgiving, we are so grateful for you and the thousands of volunteers, community leaders, parents, teachers and grandparents who make a difference every day to improve the lives of young children and families in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
Our strategic work is reflected in every child being a healthy lifelong learner by the end of third grade. This is what drives us, this is what creates our legacy, this is what every child deserves and must have.
Thanks to your financial support this past year, we helped 5,286 children benefit from parent education & support programs and 771 children receive child care scholarships and NC Pre-K.
The need and demand for DEPC services continues to increase as we serve more and more of our young children with fewer resources.  Children and families in our community are counting on us.  We hope you will contribute to our critical DEPC mission. Tax-deductible contributions may be made by check (payable to DEPC) or online by clicking here.
Together we can make a difference; together we can launch every child as a healthy, lifelong learner by the end of the third grade. Thank you for all you do to improve the quality of life for kids and families. Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and your families.
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Henrietta Zalkind 
DEPC Executive Director

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