2400 N. Croatan Hwy, Suite D PO Box 2539
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone 252-441-0614 Fax 252-441-3580

About Us


 

Invest in Imagination Library

Soutern BankPictured:  Michele Godsey, Vice President & Southern Bank Branch Manager, Southern Shores (on left) and  Sonya Trotman, Southern Bank Branch Manager, Kill Devil Hills (on right) present a $500 donation for Imagination Library to Loretta Michael, Children & Youth Partnership Executive Director (center).





Southern Bank has made a generous donation to Children & Youth Partnership for the nationally recognized Dolly Partonís Imagination Library program in Dare County.  Southern Bankís sponsorship of Imagination Library makes it possible for young children to receive outstanding, age-appropriate childrenís books in their mailbox each month until their fifth birthday. Early exposure to words, books, and nursery rhymes helps young children build language skills, and parents will be reminded each month when a new book arrives to create time to read to their child.:p> Imagination Library goals are to instill a love of reading and learning in children, to help prepare children for Kindergarten and later school success, and to inspire young minds and imaginations through exposure to new ideas, places, and stories.  Over 1050 Dare County children from birth to age 5 years are currently enrolled in Imagination Library.  Southern Bankís donation ensures that these children will continue to receive the books that they so eagerly look forward to each month.  Children & Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County.  The Partnership administers the state Smart Start program for Dare County for children birth through age 5 and is a central source of information about activities, programs, and resources for children. For more information about the Partnership and Imagination Library visit our website, www.darekids.org.  The Coastland Times printed article, Tuesday, April 15, 2014:  Invest in Imagination Library.

 

Celebrating 20 Years of Investing in Children

Find us in the article printed Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Outer Banks Sentinel:  Celebrating 20 years of Investing in Children. 

County Recognizes Week of the Young Child

Find us in the article printed Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Outer Banks Sentinel: County Recognizes Week of the Young Child. 

Across America, April Designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse 2014

Because Someone Cared - Child Abuse Prevention Month
At the April 7, 2014, Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Commissioners will issue a Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation. The proclamation establishes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County and calls upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical faciltities, elected leaders and businesses to increase to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.

A special display, "Because Someone Cared", will be moved to various locations throughout the county the month of April to raise awareness about the important role each community member plays in protecting children and strengthening families. The display of nearly 200 children represents the 362 children in Dare County who received protective services through the Department of Social Services in 2013. This project is made possible by the Dare County Department of Social Services, Children and Youth Partnership and other collaborating agencies and organizations that work together throughout the year to make our community a safer and healthier place for children and families.  Article printed in the Coastland Times, Thursday, April 3, 2014:  Across America, April Designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. And in an article by Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, April 9, 2014:  Caring About Child Abuse

Display can be seen at the following locations:


- In Kill Devil Hills on the corner of Croatan Highway and 8th Street (April 1 - April 11)
- On Hatteras Island at Spa Koru in Avon (April 11-April 21)
- In Manteo at the Dare County Alternative School (April 21 - April 30)

KidsFest is Coming 

Boys in Potato Sacks

Enjoying potato sack races at KidsFest last year, these children remind us that KidsFest is coming again this spring. Children & Youth Partnership for Dare county is planning another exciting KidsFest to be held Friday, May 9 (Rain Date is May 16) at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 a.m. Ė 12:30 p.m. Children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, games, crafts, snowballs, exploration, and play activities for young children.  Printed in Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, April 2, 2014:  KidsFest is Coming.
Printed in The Coastland Time, Thursday, April 17, 2014:  Organizers Ready for KidsFest 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiencing the Fun of Math and Science Through Blocks

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Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County's seventh annual Block Play Extravaganza was a success.  PNC's Grow up Great Initiative sponsored the event, and employees from the local PNC Bank branches were on-hand as volunteers. A total of 112 children and 84 adults experienced the fun of math and science learning through block play during this interactive building extravaganza for young children. Particiants were able to explore a variety of blocks, including large foam blocks, unit blocks, homemade blocks, unit cubes and wodden planks, while playing at five unique block stations.
Check out the article printed in Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, March 19, 2014:  Experiencing the Fun of Math and Science Through Blocks.

 

 

 

Blocks Are For Learning

Blocks 5

The 7th Annual Block Play Extravaganza was a success!  PNC's Grow up Great Initiative sponsored the Block Play Extravaganza, and employees from the local PNC Bank branches were on hand as volunteers for the event, organized by Chilren & Youth Partnership for Dare County (C&YP). 

A total of 112 children and 84 adults experienced the fun of math and science learning through block play during this interactive building extravaganza for young children in Dare County.  Participants were able to explore a variety of blocks, including large foarm blocks, unit blocks, homemade blocks, unit cubes and wooden planks, while playing at five unique block stations.

  CY&P is a non-profit organization serving Dare children, youth and families.  The partnership administers the state Smart Start program for Dare County for children birth through 5 years of age and is a central source of information about activites, programs and resources for children.  (photo courtesy C&YP for Dare County). 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Tuesday, March 25, 2014:  Blocks Are For Learning.

 

 

Block Play Builds Learning Foundation

Block Play Press Release

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare Countyís annual Block Play Extravaganza is taking place at Nags Head Church on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8.  

Experience the fun of math and science learning through block play during this interactive building extravaganza for parents and children 8 months to 5 years of age.

Block Play Extravaganza is an interactive exhibit that provides parents and their young children a hands-on learning laboratory to interact with blocks and gain understanding of the math and science concepts learned while playing with blocks. Children enjoy block play at five different stations and early childhood educators from the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County will be available to demonstrate techniques that can help parents maximize their childís learning.  Sessions fill-up quickly Ė donít miss this unique opportunity!

Pre-registration is required by contacting Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 441-0614. For more information visit www.darekids.org

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, February 20, 2014:  Block Play Builds Learning Foundation.


Free Workshop on Positive Behavior Intervention at YMCA

Karen Laughlin from the Exceptional Childrenís Assistance Center will provide a free workshop ďPositive Behavior Intervention and SupportsĒ for parents and families of children with special needs, teachers and other professionals. The workshop will be held at the Outer Banks YMCA on Wednesday, January 15, at 6:30pm-8:30pm and Thursday, January 16, 10am-12noon. Learn skills that will help parents and teachers to identify and understand challenging behaviors while creating an atmosphere for positive change and support. Discover how Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavior Supports can work at school and at home. This workshop is free of charge and co-sponsored by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County and Dare County/Currituck County Local Interagency Coordinating Council. If youíre interested in attending one of these session, call Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 441-0614or register online at www.darekids.org.

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel on Wednesday, January 8, 2014:  Free Workshop on Positive Behavior Intervention at YMCA and in The Coastland Times on Thursday, January 9, 2014:  Workshop for Those Nurturing Exceptional Kids

Fishermen Imagine Children Reading

Angler's Club

Wayne Mathis (right) of Cape Hatteras Anglerís Club, presents a check for Dolly Partonís Imagination Library program to Carla Heppert (left) of Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. Dolly Partonís Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book once a month to enrolled children, ages birth-five.

Since the first books were mailed to children in Dare County in 2008, Dolly Partonís Imagination Library has been embraced by the Dare County community. Recognizing the importance of books and family reading time, Cape Hatteras Anglerís Club has generously supported the program for several years, and through their recent donation of $300 to Children & Youth Partnership for Imagination Library, continues to help provide early literacy experiences for young children, ages birth-five, in Dare County.

There are only 2,000 days from the time a child is born to the time that child enters into Kindergarten. Through their donation to Imagination Library, Cape Hatteras Anglerís Club is helping to better prepare children for their journeys into Kindergarten by encouraging a lifelong love of reading at the youngest age possible. When children receive their own special book in their mailbox, the excitement that follows helps to ensure happy children and families, and a special time centered around a good book.

Currently, there are 1,050 children enrolled in Imagination Library in Dare County, and both individual and group donations are welcomed to help support these children. A donation of $27 will sponsor one child to receive quality, age-appropriate books for a yearís worth of reading. For more information on how to become a sponsor, or how families living in Dare County can enroll their child in Imagination Library, please call 441-0614 or visit our website at www.darekids.org.

Children & Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County. The Partnership administers the state Smart Start program for Dare County for children birth through age 5 and is a central source of information about activities, programs and resources for children. 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on Thursday, December 4, 2013: Fishermen Imagine Children Reading
and in the Outer Banks Sentinel on Wednesday, December 25, 2013:  Supporting Imagination Library

Presenting Parenting Enrichment Program

Sugar and Spice


Kathy Burrus will present a free workshop, Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice at the Outer Banks YMCA on Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8pm.  By attending this workshop, you will gain insight about how girls are raised differently than boys and how you can change your parenting to increase self-esteem and self-worth in your daughters. 

Additionally, learn strategies to help your daughters grow into independent, self-reliant, successful young women while avoiding the pitfalls of becoming victims of harmful or abusive relationships.

The workshop is free of charge and presented by the Parenting Enrichment Program. Child Care is available at the YMCA location upon request. Register online at www.darekids.org or call Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 441-0614.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on Thursday, November 7, 2013:  Presenting Parenting Enrichment Program.


YMCA to Host Parenting Workshop - Two C&YP Parenting Enrichment Programs

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on Thursday, September 12, 2013: Two C&YP Parenting Enrichment Programs Planned this Month. 


Getting Kids Ready for School in Just 2,000 Days

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 PNC Volunteers Work on KidsFest

PNC volunteers

Several staff from local PNC branches were on hand to volunteer at KidsFest 2013.  (From l to r) Brendan Medlin, Branch Manager Nags Head; Erin Schwimmer, Branch Manager Manteo; Stephen Weeks, Branch Manager Duck; Kenny Marshall, Business Banker; and Carrie Watson, Manteo Teller.

PNC Financial Services not only helped to sponsor the event, but also brought their national Mobile Learning Adventure, “Grow Up Great”, to be a part of the KidsFest 2013 activities.  Hundreds of children lined up to participate in a dress up activity and have their photo taken at the PNC exhibit. Parents received educational materials about early childhood learning and a framed photo of their child.

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel for the week of July 3rd through July 9th, 2013: PNC Volunteers Work on KidsFest.