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

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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.

  

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 printed in Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, April 9, 2014:  County recognizes Week of the Young Child.

The 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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Building Imagination Through Reading

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Midgett Insurance Agency recently donated $500 to Children & Youth Partnership for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Dare County.  L to R Cheri Hand, Melissa Garber, Stephanie Herwick, Paul Tine; 2nd row – April Parnell and Jan Presgraves;  back row – Shelly Jones, Carolyn Payton, and Katherine Klonis



Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on Sunday, July 21, 2013:
Building Imagination Through Reading.




Helping Children Learn

Surf Peds

The team from Surf Pediatrics and Medicine present a check for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Children & Youth Partnership’s Annual Kidsfest. Pictured from left to right: Brittany May (left), Christian Lige M.D., Melissa Williams, Jackie Sue Deiss, Jennifer Nieman, Jennifer James, Kellie Flock, Meredith McCarthy, and Chrissy Beagle. 

Surf Pediatrics and Medicine, one of Dare County’s primary pediatric practices, has always been a strong supporter of the families that they serve, both inside their practice as medical champions for the children they see, and outside of their practice at events around the community. This year has been no exception, helping children to learn and grow with their continued financial support of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the form of a $1,000 donation, as well as their $1,000 support of Children & Youth Partnership’s (CYP) Annual KidsFest event.

Through their continued generosity toward CYP’s Imagination Library program, Surf Pediatrics is helping to ensure that multiple young children in Dare County are able to continue receiving exciting new books directly to their homes each month.

When books like One Cool Friend, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, and Whose Baby am I? arrive in the mail for the 1,050 young children enrolled, it is opening their minds to a whole new world of adventure and fun, while also encouraging a love of the printed page that will help them as they grow and journey into Kindergarten.

With children across the entire county receiving books through Imagination Library, it is the kindness and support of businesses like Surf Pediatrics and Medicine that help to guarantee the program’s continuation and success. As an entirely community-funded program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library relies on the support of generous businesses, individuals, and organizations to continue to provide high-quality books for Dare County’s youngest children.A donation of only $27 will provide a year’s worth of wonderful new books to a child’s home, showing them the importance of books while also encouraging family reading time and family togetherness.

Surf Pediatrics also shows its support of early literacy for young children by participating in CYP’s Reach Out and Read program at both its Kitty Hawk and Nags Head offices, and will soon be expanding it to their new Kill Devil Hills office that will be opening in the Fall. Through Reach Out and Read, young children receive an age-appropriate book at each well-child visit from age 6 months-5 years along with tips about the importance books and reading.For more information on Reach Out and Read or how to become a sponsor of Imagination Library in Dare County, please contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at (252)441-0614 or visit our website, www.darekids.org for more information.
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, July 11, 2013: Helping Children Learn

Practical Investments

 

TowneBank

Towne Bank of Currituck is once again a sponsor for both Imagination Library and KidsFest.  Taylor Sugg, Regional President  of Towne Bank of Currituck is shown with Tess Judge, Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) Board member, and Loretta Michael, CYP Executive Director. 

KidsFest is an annual celebration of young children in Dare County and draws over 1300 attendees to participate in a variety of play activities at Roanoke Island Festival Park.  Imagination Library, a well loved pre-literacy program,  mails exciting age-appropriate books each month to children from birth to age 5 in Dare County.   

Both programs are provided through Children & Youth Partnership and are made possible by generous contributions from businesses and organizations in the community like Towne Bank.  For more information contact CYP at 441-0614 or visit their website www.darekids.org.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on July 14, 2013: Practical Investments.

 

 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.


Key Financial Partner

OBX Bank has once again generously donated $1,000 to Children & Youth Partnership for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. OBX Bank has supported this exciting pre-literacy program since its inception in 2008, and this year’s contribution will ensure that children all across the Dare community continue in the program for another year.  By supporting early childhood literacy, OBX Bank is helping children build a solid foundation for success when they enter Kindergarten.

With the help of generous donors like OBX Bank, outstanding children’s books are being mailed directly to young children in their homes each month until their fifth birthday.  Early exposure to words, books, and nursery rhymes helps young children develop language skills - and parents will be reminded each month when a new book arrives to create time to read to their child, encouraging reading habits that will continue throughout school and later life.

Any child under the age of 5 years in Dare County is eligible for the program, and parents may register their child by contacting Children & Youth Partnership at 441-0614.  More information about Imagination Library can be found at www.darekids.org.
   
Children & Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County.  The Partnership administers North Carolina’s 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.


Too Many Jeopardized

child abuse awareness

April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  “Because Someone Cared” is the project of Children & Youth Partnership and the Dare County Department of Social Services. The visual display of children represents the 575 children that received protective services through the Dare County Department of Social Services in 2012 due to reports of abuse, neglect or dependency.  

During the month of April, the children will be moved throughout the Dare County.  The goal of this community awareness campaign is to remind everyone that each of us has an important role in protecting children and supporting families. 

The “Because Someone Cared” display will be at the following locations:
4/1-4/10- Kill Devil Hills on corner of Croatan Hwy & 8th Street
4/10-4/18- Avon at Spa Koru
4/18-4/30- Manteo at Alternative School/COA

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on March 5, 2013: Too Many Jeopardized


Feeding Imaginations Through Reading

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The Outer Banks Kiwanis Club recently presented a check for Imagination Library to Children & Youth Partnership. 
 Left to right:  Bill Vann, Outer Banks Kiwanis, Loretta Michael, Children & Youth Partnership, and Tom Williamson, Outer Banks Kiwanis.

Outer Banks Kiwanis has generously donated $1,000 to Children & Youth Partnership to sustain Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Dare County. The Outer Banks Kiwanis Club supports programs that benefit children and youth in our community, and this contribution will provide a year’s worth of enjoyable reading for young children and their families across the community.  

Reading aloud to a child provides a solid foundation for learning by increasing vocabulary, stimulating curiosity and imagination, and encouraging family reading time.
Imagination Library works by mailing carefully selected books that are age appropriate to children ages birth to 5 years each month. The goals of the program are to instill a love of learning and to help prepare children for Kindergarten and success in school.   

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 May 1, 2013: Feeding Imaginations Through Reading and in the Outer Banks Sentinel on May 1, 2013: Supporting Imagination Library


Dare Celebrating National Week of Young Child

OBX Teddy Bear Hospital

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives during the nationally celebrated Week of the Young Child™ (April 14–20, 2013), sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

On Monday, April 15th, Children & Youth Partnership will ask the Dare County Board of Commissioners to proclaim April 14-20, 2013, as Week of the Young Child in Dare County, encouraging all Dare County citizens to support good investments in early childhood.  Week of the Young Child™ provides an opportunity to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the importance of early learning.  It is also a time to celebrate our dedicated child care professionals and the many programs that bring high quality early childhood education and care to families.  

When you see children playing, interacting and exploring, you are actually witnessing brain building in progress.  There are only 2000 days from the time a baby is born to when that child begins kindergarten, and 90% of the wiring that forms the brain’s architecture occurs during that time. The care and education that children receive during these formative years is critical to their long-term success. 

“For more than 15 years, Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) and Dare County have been committed to making our community a wonderful place where young children can grow up healthy and develop a strong foundation for success in school and later in life,” said Loretta Michael, Executive Director of CYP.  Week of the Young Child™ reminds us to pause and reflect on what each of us can do to contribute to the well-being of our children and to also recognize the lasting benefits that a great start for young children brings to the Dare community.”

Children & Youth Partnership will continue to celebrate young children by presenting KidsFest, an annual celebration that promotes the importance of play in the development of the minds and imaginations of young children.  On May 10th, children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to bring a picnic lunch and participate in a morning of fun, games, and play activities at Roanoke Island Festival Park from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.   For more information, please contact Children & Youth Partnership at 252-441-0614 or email cypobx(at)darekids.org.

Children & Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County. The partnership administers the Smart Start program for Dare County for children birth through age five and is a central source of information about activities, programs and resources for all children. Visit our website www.darekids.org.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on April 14, 2013: Dare Celebrating National Week of the Young Child.


Mark the Calendar for KidsFest 2013

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It’s coming again this spring! Children and Youth Partnership is planning another exciting KidsFest to be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, games, and ice cream and play activities. 

Last year over 1,300 young children and parents, grandparents and other caregivers enjoyed a morning with more than 50 play opportunities that included story time, face painting, kite-making, bubbles, block play, The Teddy Bear Hospital, a variety of arts and crafts, fire trucks, Coast Guard,  Coastie and Buster the school bus.

KidsFest has become an annual event celebrating the young child and promoting the importance of play in developing the minds and imaginations of young children.   Readi­ness for school is more than basic knowledge of language and math, and includes all facets of development: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional competencies.  Play and good play environments allow opportunities for children to discover, create, imagine, explore, and experience materials that will foster language skills, writing, cooperation, and scientific and mathematical concepts.  The Outer Banks is a beautiful place for young children to connect with nature and develop a love for the outdoors and all that it offers in our community.

KidsFest is looking for exhibitors to be a part of the event by presenting an activity that is child-friendly and age –appropriate for young children up to the age of 5.  Many of the activities promote the culture of the Outer Banks.
Don’t have an activity for kids but want to be involved?  Ask us about being an event sponsor  - we would love to publicize your company or organization as a sponsor for this eagerly anticipated event!
If you are interested in being a part of KidsFest 2013, contact Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614 (Rain date is May 17).

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

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on March 5, 2013: Mark the Calendar for KidsFest 2013 and the Outer Banks Sentinel on March 6, 2013: KidsFest Planned for May


Father's Literacy Night - Not Just for Dads

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times on March 10, 2013: Father's Literacy Night - Not Just for Dads


Busting Stress


Beth Tillett will present a free workshop on "Family Stress Busters" at the Outer Banks YMCA on Tuesday, March 19 and at teh Fessenden Center in Buxton on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Those interested are invited to join this fun and interactive workshop to explore activities and games that bring entertaining relief from life's stressors. During the workshop, participants will review causes of stress in families; create ways to help children release energy and anxiety through active play; introduce experiences to relax and de-stress through active play; introduce experiences to relax and de-stress through quite reflection and movement; and explore using the five senses and natural elements as relaxing tools. Caregivers will come away refreshed and better equipped to help their family enjoy the benefits of restoration and play.

These workshops are 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 in March: Busting Stress