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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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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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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DEPC’s Community Impact Report 2017!

Thank you for your support this year!
 As we approach this season of giving, we are so grateful for you and the commitment you have shown to improve the lives of young children and families in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
Please take a moment to review our Community Impact Report . We invite you to share it with your friends and networks.
This year 11,102 children benefited from parent education and support programs and 821 childrenreceived DEPC 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.  Can we count on you to make a donation this year?
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.


Community Impact Report 2017

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Henrietta Zalkind column: Campaign to improve school attendance

Henrietta Zalkind’s column as it appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram:

By Henrietta Zalkind, DEPC Executive Director

It seems like we’ve reached the end of the summer so quickly! Vacation is over and it’s time to start back to school.  Let’s start with optimism and determination to have a great year! Did you know attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed? Reducing absenteeism is one of three key focus areas of the Twin Counties Read 2 Rise Campaign. The campaign supports strategies beginning at birth that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading success by the end of third grade, the single greatest predictor of future academic and career success.

Why is attendance a key focus? Simply put, too many children are missing too many days from school. Chronic absenteeism is missing so much school that a student becomes at risk for academic success. It is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason (that’s just missing two days a month per school year). We often think of absences only as a problem when they are unexcused or that learning isn’t affected unless children miss a lot of days in a row.  Missing two to three days every month (excused or unexcused) can add up to so much lost time that children just can’t keep up.

Nationwide, at least 6.8 million students miss 10% of the school year nationwide. Here is a look at some local facts:

  • Both Edgecombe and Nash-Rocky Mount School systems have lower average daily attendance than the state average.
  • Both Edgecombe and Nash-Rocky Mount School systems have lower average daily attendance than surrounding districts, such as Pitt, Wilson, Halifax, Franklin and Wake County School Systems.

Research tells us that students who attend school regularly have been shown to have higher levels of achievement in comparison to students who do not have regular attendance. Attendance is a critical life skill that prepares students not only for school but for life and career success. Chronic absenteeism is especially problematic among students living in poverty who are most at risk to have poor attendance over multiple years and least likely to have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom.

One of the goals of the Twin County Read 2 Rise campaign is that by the year 2020, the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency in Nash and Edgecombe counties will increase from 39% to 50% as a direct result of students attending school on a regular basis.

Improving attendance is something we can all support. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Support September as Attendance Awareness Month.  We will introduce the Perfectly Punctual Campaign with a key message that absences add up! This chronic absence prevention program supports positive reinforcement and playfulness to encourage consistent on-time attendance. The campaign’s mascot “Punctual Pete/ Patty” will make visits to local child care centers and schools to reinforce this message. Please contact Kayla Taylor at 252-985-4300 to assist with the campaign or receive further information.

Start promoting good attendance early. We can build a strong foundation and good habits if we start as early as preschool and kindergarten.

Engage families. Many parents and students don’t realize how quickly early absences can add up to academic trouble. Establishing bedtime and morning routines are really important to better attendance and child well being.

Focus on removing barriers. Sometimes the lack of reliable transportation is a barrier or health concerns (like dental issues and asthma) are often the leading reasons students are missing school in the early years. If you need help to improve your child’s attendance, please contact DEPC Family First line at 252-985-4300 or the counselor at your child’s school.

Working together we can make a difference.

(Check back for more information about school attendance on DEPC’s website in September.)

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