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Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
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Griffin Named CYP Executive Director

Nancy GriffinNancy Griffin has been hired as the Executive Director of Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) for Dare County, effective June 1st.  Sara Sampson served as Acting Executive Director following the retirement of Loretta Michael in October 2014.  Sampson now returns to full-time Family Support Manager for CYP. 

Griffin retired from Dare County Schools last fall after serving over 29 years in several positions, including school counselor, Director of Student Services, and Director of Secondary Instruction.  She has been an officer of numerous non-profit organizations that address community needs, such as Outer Banks Hotline, Dare Education Foundation, the Dare County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, and The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.  She is a charter member and elder of Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church and helped to found its 5-star child care ministry for at-risk infants and toddlers. 

CYP's mission is to ensure the well-being of our children and our community by collaborating with public and private agencies to provide services, resources, advocacy and education about issues affecting children, youth and families.  CYP administers local Smart Start programs so that children enter school healthy and ready to learn.  NC Smart Start funds are used in Dare County to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of child care, promote early literacy, provide access to health services, and offer family support. 

Griffin is very familiar with the mission and programs of CYP, having served on the steering committee that formed the organization and hired its first Executive Director more than 20 years ago, and serving on the CYP board since 2006, twice as co-chair.  She has been heavily involved with every Dare County State of the Child Conference since the first in 1988 and co-chaired the conferences in 2000 and 2014.  She is particulatrly interested in programs that promote research-based Developmental Assets - what all children and youth need to succeed - and that reinforce and grow Positive Community Norms that foster healthy behaviors across all ages. 

"The relationships, services and resources developed by CYP staff, board members, and community partners over the last 20 years has been quite extraordinary," observed Griffin. "I look forward to continuing the work of building on many strengths of our community to support nurturing relationships and environments that help all youth thrive." 

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, June 3, 2015:  Griffin Named CYP Executive Director. 

KidsFest Celebrates Young Children at Festival Park

Check out the article printed on the front page of the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, May 13, 2015:  KidsFest Celebrates Young Children at Festival Park.

KidsFest 2015 Friday at RIFP

Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) is planning another exciting KidsFest to be held tomorrow (Friday, May 8) at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, games, snowballs, ice cream and play activities.

According to a media release from the CYP, last year more than 1,200 young children, parents, grandparents and other caregivers "enjoyed a morning with more than 50 play stations that included face painting, bubbles, stomp rockets, the teddy bear hospital, a variety of arts and crafts, fire trucks, the US Coast Guard boat Coastie and Buster the School Bus.

"There are even more activities this year, with something to please every child, including performances by the African American Dance Ensemble, out of Durham." 

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 languarge 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, and Roanoke Island Festival Park is the perfect venue for a wonderful morning of KidsFest fun, stated the release. 

This year's event sponsors are PNC Bank and Surf Pediatrics and Medicine.  This exciting event is provided free-of-charge, but would not be possible without the support of the Dare County community, and all of our local sponsors. 

Contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614 for more information.  (Rain date is May 15). 

Children and Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County.  The Partnership administers the Smart Start program fro 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: Thursday, May 7, 2015:  KidsFest 2015 Friday at RIFP

Presents Workshop

Dr. Westcott
Dr. Ken Westcott of Developmental Vision Care will present "Convergence Insufficiency and Other Learning-Related Vision Problems," a free workshop at the Outer Banks YMCA on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 

Many otherwise bright children struggle in school each year or require IEPs and 504 plans.  The American Optometric Association reports that 60% of these problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems that significantly affect their classroom performance.  Most startling, nearly all of these children have perfect eyesight.  Dr. Westcott will discuss how vision impacts learning and how to work around these visual problems in the classroom.  Vision and learning are closely related, and good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential. 

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

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, April 23, 2015:  Presents Workshop

Kindergarten Kick-Off Events Start Wednesday

The Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County and Dare County Schools are partnering again to present Kindergarten Kick-Off events at each of the four Dare County Elementary Schools. 

Information at each Kindergarten Kick-Off event will be site-specific for each school, so it is important to attend the event at the school where the rising kindergartener will enroll.  The Manteo Elementary School Kindergarten Kick-Off will be held on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; First Flight Elementary School on Monday, April 27 from 5 to 6:15 p.m.; Cape Hatteras Elementary School Kindergarten Kick-Off will be held in collaboration with their kindergarten registration on Thursday, April 30 from 5:15 to 6;45 p.m.; and Nags Head Elementary School on Thursday, May 21 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The events, held for families of rising kindergarteners, are intended to provide helpful information to parents and answer questions about their child's entrace into school.  A child is considered a rising kindergartener if they will be five years old on or by Aug. 31. 

At each Kindergarten Kick-Off, families are encouraged to bring the child who will be transitioning into kindergarten.  Activities will be provided for children at all four events, and child care will be provided at the Cape Hatteras and Nags Head Kick-Offs for children age three and older. 

All events are free; however, registration is required.  Registration can be done by calling 441-0614, by email at wings@darekids.org, or by faxing a copy of the completed flyer to 441-3580.  To access a copy of the flyer, visit www.darekids.org online. 

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, April 22, 2015:  Kindergarten Kick-Off Events Start Wednesday

Show They Care

Because Someone Cared
Visual Display, "Because Someone Cared", will be seen in Kill Devil Hills, Avon, and Manteo during the month of April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to raise awareness about the important role each community member plays in protecting children and strengthening families.  The display represents the 494 children in Dare County who received protective services through the Department of Social Services last year.  Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County and the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, Social Services Division have joined efforts to create an awareness of the importance of preventing abuse and neglect. The Dare County Board of Commissioners issued a Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation at their meeting on April 6.  The proclamation established April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County and called upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.  Pictured (from left) are Sara Sampson, Ashley Jackson, Tommy Midgett, Commissioner Warren Judge, Leigh Bracy, and Brooke Knight.  (Photo courtesty CYP-D). 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, April 16, 2015:  Show They Care. 

Block Party Time

Block Party TimeTHE ANNUAL BLOCK PLAY EXTRAVAGANZA sponsored by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County is taking place tomorrow, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.  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 C&YP for Dare County will be available to demonstrate techniques that can help parents maximize their child's learning. The Block Play Extravaganza is a free event designed to accommodate 30 children and their parents in each one-hour fun packed session. Sessions will be available Friday and Saturday 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Event location is Nags Head. Call Children & Youth Partnership for details. Sessions fill-up quickly -don't 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, March 19, 2015: Block Party Time and in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, April 8, 2015:  CYP Holds Block Play Extravaganza

"Potty Training" Workshop Subject

Dr. Hennessey2015Dr. Georgia Hennessy is Medical Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Program at the Outer Banks Hospital. 

Dr. Georgia Hennessy will present "Successful Potty Training", a free workshop at the Outer Banks YMCA on Monday, March 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Learn the readiness signs for toilet training and what you can do to help prepare your children for this important step. 

Parents, caregivers, and early care educators are invited to attend this informative discussion about potty training.  Dr. Hennessy will cover many important aspects of potty training including:  signs of readiness (physical, intellectual, social and emotional), strategies to getting started, specific training issues (accidents, nighttime vs. daytime), gender differences, things to do once you commit to potty training and lots of great tips. 

The workshop is free of charge and is presented by the Parenting Enrichment Program.  Child Care available 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, Sunday, March 15, 2015:  "Potty Training" Workshop Subject and in the Outer Banks Sentinel on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, "Successful Potty Training" Workshop at YMCA Monday. 

CYP's "Prescription":  Reading

Vidant OfficeRecently, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) received two grants from the North Carolina Partnership for Children for continuation and expansion of the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program in Dare County. This was part of the recent award of a total of $67,500 to Smart Start partnerships across North Carolina, where Smart Start partnerships adminster ROR in 39 NC counties.

ROR is a national program that supports doctors in their efforts to "prescribe" reading to young children and families during well-child visits.  As a part of this program, CYP works with select medical practices to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms. 

During each well-child visit from 6 months to 5 years, children will receive an age-appropriate book from their pediatric provider, and parents will be given advice about the importance of reading aloud as early as birth, which falls directly in line with a recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

"Early literacy skills are critical for the development of healthy minds and bodies, and enable our children to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills," stated Callee Boulware, executive director of Reach Out and Read Carolinas. "We are thrilled to have the state-wide partnership with Smart Start that supports strong, high-quality Reach Out and Read programs in communities, better supporting children and families across the state."

The expansion grant of $4,500 will allow Children & Youth Partnership to bring Reach Out and Read to Vidant Family Medicine Avon, helping expand the program's reach to the southern Outer Banks, and helping CYP to ensure that nearly all children ages six months to five years in Dare County are being served through this program. 

In addition to books and early literacy guidance, ROR also encourages practices to enhance their waiting room to create a more literacy-rich environment.  At Vidant Family Medicine Avon, this expansion grant alowed CYP to provide a cozy reading space for families as they wait to be seen (including child-sized furniture, books and literacy-themed art), ensuring that children are surrounded by literacy from the moment they enter the practice. 

"[We] are very excited to partner with Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County to bring ROR to the children of Hatteras Island," said Jamie Fountain, MD at Vidant Family Medicine Avon. "We are thrilled to share our improved, kid-friendlier waiting area with our patients and their families, and to provide a book to our patients at each well visit while emphasizing the importance of reading with our patients' families. We hope that ROR will have a positive impact on literacy rates in our community over time."

The continuation grant of $8,843 will allow ROR to continue at all three Surf Pediatrics and Medicine locations (Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills) and both Dare County Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Division sites (Frisco and Manteo). ROR has been active at both of these practices since 2012, and has put more that 7,000 books into the hands of Dare County children. 

Since beginning in 2012, ROR has touched over 3,000 individual children throughout the Dare County community. In addition, families participating in ROR statewide were 92 percent more likely to be using one or more recommended reading strategies as compared to those new to the program.

For more information about ROR in Dare County, contact Carla Heppert with CYP at 441-0614. For more information about ROR nationally, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, March 4, 2015:  CYP's 'prescription': Reading and in The Coastland Times, Thursday, April 9, 2015:  Grants Awarded for CYP's Reach Out and Read

CYP for Dare Receives BCBSNC Foundation Grant to Increase Physical Activity in Child Care Outdoor Learning Environments

BCBSNC PlanPicture Caption:  Emily Holub of Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (left) and Felicia and Chris Daniels, Owner/Directors of Colington School House (right), work with an NLI Design Associate to develop a conceptual plan for the outdoor learning environment at Colington School House.

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) has received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation grant to naturalize and enhance outdoor learning environments (OLEs) at two child care centers. The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University, partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to provide almost $100,000 in Healthy Living Equipment Grants to 19 institutions (14 local Smart Start Partnerships for Children and five community colleges).

“The Natural Learning Initiative is a longtime partner dedicated to providing training and design best practices to support children’s active engagement in outdoor environments” said Kathy Higgins, president of the BCBSNC Foundation. “The Healthy Living equipment grants will help Children & Youth Partnership to develop projects that will increase and sustain young children’s active play, which sets the stage to establish a lifetime of healthy behaviors.

There are almost 5,000 licensed child care centers in the State of North Carolina, many of them with barren outdoor learning environments. The Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) approach offers naturalization as a cost-effective means of improving child care outdoor learning environment quality and supporting children’s active living. Naturalization supports play with nature, improves microclimatic comfort for children and teachers, and supports healthy eating through gardening. In 2009 and 2010, CYP received the POD grant and supported two child care centers, Kyle’s Munchkin Academy in Buxton and Heron Pond Montessori School in Kitty Hawk, in transforming and naturalizing their outdoor learning environments.  This year’s BCBSNC Foundation grant is an expansion of the POD initiative to additional child care programs.

"I am excited for this opportunity to support two additional child care programs in enhancing and naturalizing their outdoor learning environments,” said Sara Sampson, Acting Executive Director of Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. “This grant from the BCBSNC Foundation will allow us to expand the initiative that was started through our involvement with the Preventing Obesity by Design project and will provide opportunities for even more children to develop healthy habits at a young age.” 

Children & Youth Partnership will receive specialized technical support from NLI during this project via interactive design sessions, symposia, and on-call consultation for site layout and affordable design solutions. On Thursday, January 22, 2015, staff from CYP, Colington School House and Roanoke Island Presbyterian Day Care attended the POD3 Regional Outdoor Learning Environment Interactive Design Session at the NC State University College of Design. Each child care center had the opportunity to work with an NLI Design Associate to develop a conceptual design plan for their program’s outdoor learning environment. Throughout this year-long project, both programs will work to implement the beginning phases of their plans.  

Children & Youth Partnership is in need of community partners and volunteers to donate their expertise, (i.e. gardening, landscaping, construction of built structures) time (planting trees and shrubs, installing a wheeled toy pathway) and/or materials (equipment, lumber, trees, shrubs, edible plants, seedlings, etc.) for the landscape installation later this year.  If you are a local organization, club, nursery, and/or individual who would like to contribute to this project, or if you would like additional information, please contact Emily Holub at 252-441-4737 or at qep@darekids.org

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County 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.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (BCBSNC Foundation) is an independent philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. The Foundation's priorities include: Health Care - improving health outcomes of populations served by safety net organizations; Healthy Living - increasing physical activity and access to healthy local foods; and Nonprofit Leadership - increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and their leaders. BCBSNC Foundation invests in programs and services in response to grant requests and proactively creates initiatives or partners with organizations to address specific needs. It also coordinates several Signature Programs, among them, Be Active Kids® and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. More information is available at www.bcbsncfoundation.org. Since its founding in 2000, the BCBSNC Foundation has invested over $100 million into North Carolina communities through more than 750 grants. 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Tuesday, February 17, 2015:  Conceptualize Plan. 



KidsFest 2015

KidsFest 2015Children & Youth Partnership is excited to announce the date for its 8th Annual KidsFest event this Spring!  This exciting free event for young children will be held on Friday, May 8 (rain date is May 15) at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  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 childen, with year's event including performances by the African American Dance Ensemblw.  If you are interensted in becoming a part of KidsFest 2015 as a sponsor or exhibitor, pleae contact CYP at (252) 441-0614. 



The date is set for Children and Youth Partnership's 8th Annual KidsFest event!  This exciting festival for young children will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, games, crafts, ice cream, snowballs, and play activities, all for free!  We are also excited to welcome the African American Dance Ensemble as a performing group at this year's event. 

Last year over 1,200 young children, parents, grandparents and other caregivers enjoyed a morning of fun, with more than 50 play opportunitites available throughout the grounds of Festival Park's Outdoor Pavilion, including face painting, corn hole, stomp rockets, bubbles, the Teddy Bear Hospital, a variety of arts and crafts, fire trucks, the US Coast Guard, Coastie and Buster the School Bus. 

KidsFest has become a much-anticipated event celebrating Dare County's young children 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. 

Children & Youth Parnership is currently looking for exhibitors to be a part of KidsFest 2015 by presenting an activity that is child-friendly and age-appropriate for young children up to the age of 5. 

Don't have an activity for kids but want to be involved?  Ask us about how you can sponsor this well-loved event in our community - 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 2015, contact Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614 (rain date is May 15th).  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 activitiers, programs and resources for all children

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, February 18, 2015:  CYP Looking for Exhibitors for KidsFest 2015 and in The Coastland Times, Thursday, March 12, 2015:  Get Ready to Play.

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Georgia Hennessey
Dr. Georgia Hennessy will present "Family Wellness Across the Years: Practical Parenting Tips to Preserve Family Wellness," a free workshop at the Cape Hatteras Elementary School Tuesday, January 27 from 5:30-7 pm. 

According to a media release from the Dare County Child and Youth Partnership (C&YP) for Dare County, participants will learn about family wellness and what you can do to promote it; and learn what are the most effective strategies that will increase the well-being of families. 

Dr. Hennessy will discuss topics such as health and nutrition, fitness, sleep, and the lastest research on the impact of family meals.  Youth who have regular family meals do better in school, are more motivated and less likely to engage in risky behaviors. 

Challenged by conflicts over schedules, or competition from TV or the internet?  You are not alone!  Leave this workshop with practical strategies for making the most of family time. 

Dr. Hennessy is Medical Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Program at the Outer Banks Hospital.  The workshop is free of charge and is presented by the Parenting Enrichment Program and Cape Hatteras Elementary PTA.  Child care available upon request for potty-trained children. 

Register online at www.darekids.org or call Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614. 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Tuesday, January 27, 2015:  Workshop Facilitator

Cape Hatteras Angler's Club Donates to Imagination Library

CHAS 14-15WAYNE MATHIS (left) of Cape Hatteras Angler's Club presents a check for $300 to Carla Heppert of Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Each month, through Imagination Library, over 1,000 children in Dare County, between the ages of birth and five, receive a new, age-appropriate book directly to their mailbox (photo courtesy C&YP).


Cape Hatteras Angler's Club, an organization dedicated to serving their local community, has once again demonstrated their commitment to Dare County's youngest children with a donation of $300 to Children & Youth Partnership to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. 

Their kindness helps to provide new, age-appropriate books for children ages birth-five who are currently enrolled in Imagination Library, and helps to provide a strong foundation for developing a lifelong love of books and reading, noted a media release from C&YP.

Through the support of local businesses and organizations such as Cape Hatteras Angler's Club, more than 1,000 children across the Dare County Community from Cape Hatteras to Southern Shores, are reaping the benefits of early exposure to books and literacy,. which can be one of the strongest predictors of later reading success.  When a new book arrives in the mail, the excitement felt by each child is contagious and helps to encourage families to take a moment out of their busy days to share a good book.

According to the release, when a child is born, their brain is the only organ that is not fully developed, with 90 percent of a child's critical brain development occurring between birth and five years of age. 

Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Cape Hatteras Angler's Club is helping to provide materials to ensure that children thrive once they enter kindergarten, and start school ready to learn and grown.

Imagination Library would not be possible without support from the community.  Individual, organizations, and business donations are welcomed.  A donation of $27 will provide a year's worth of books to a child enrolled in Imagination Library.  For more information on how to become a sponsor, or how to enroll in Imagination Library, contact Children & Youth Partnership at 441-0614 or visit website, 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 five and is a central source of information about activities, programs, and resources for children.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Tuesday, January 27, 2015:  CHAC donates to Imagination Library, and in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, January 21, 2015:  Supporting Imagination Library.

Children Are a Great Investment

Towne Bank
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County received a generous donation of $5,000 to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and State of the Child Conference.  The theme of the conference was positive parenting, and the goal is to jumpstart a “positive message campaign” to support and encourage positive behaviors among children, families, and adult role models. Children & Youth Partnership staff and board members:  shown (from left) Loretta Michael; Nancy Griffin; TowneBank President, Taylor Sugg; Tess Judge; TowneBank Chairman and CEO, G. Robert Aston, Jr; Tim White; George Consolvo; Carla Heppert and Sara Sampson. TowneBank’s donation ensures that children will continue to receive books through Imagination Library and support local families on their journeys of reading. TowneBank has been instrumental in helping Imagination Library continue to grow in our community, with a mission of providing the best start for the young children in our community.  Children & Youth Partnership is a non-profit organization serving children, youth, and families in Dare County. For more information please visit www.darekids.org

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Sunday, December 14, 2014:  Children Are a Great Investment.

 

20 Years of Helping Children in Dare County

Tess and Nancy
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. 

The celebration of 2 decades since its establishment following a State of the Child conference in 1994 brought back memories of early accomplishments – the Wright Place for Youth in Manteo and the collaboration and fundraising that led to the Dare County Youth Center in Kill Devil Hills. 

Upon receiving the Smart Start grant from the state in 1998, the organization has created and sustained many early childhood programs to ensure that all children are ready for success in school. Well known programs include BabyLinks, Imagination Library, Reach Out and Read, Parents As Teachers, and layers of support for early childhood education in child care facilities across the county. 

Many prior Board members and community partners joined the CYP Board of Directors and staff members to celebrate the 20th annual meeting.  Nancy Griffin and Tess Judge were presented Champions for Children awards for their long time advocacy and work on behalf of children in Dare County.  Loretta Michael was honored as a Champion for Children for her 20 years of service as the Executive Director of CYP.

During the meeting, 2 elementary school children from the community delighted the group with presentations - Olivia Sugg read a poem from Imagination Library, and Fiona McKenna gave a touching vocal solo.  The Board also approved officers for the upcoming year and thanked Michael, who is retiring, for her years of services, offering remarks and memories of her through the years. 

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, December 3, 2014:  20 Years of Helping Children in Dare County and
in The Coastland Times, Sunday, December 28, 2014:  CYP Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Dare Children.

Bettering Lives for Children and Youth

CYP EC officers 14-15

New Officers for Children & Youth Partnership were elected at the September annual meeting.  They (from left) are Kristen Parrino, co-chair, Tess Judge, secretary; George Consolvo, treasurer; Nancy Griffin, co-chair; and Tris Roderick, assistant secretary.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Sunday, November 2, 2014:  Bettering Lives for Children and Youth and in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, October 22, 2014:  CYP's New Officers





Interested in State of the Children

Teacher Ashlee Garcia is flanked by Katie Tawes and Miranda Veal at the September 26th State of the Child Conference.  Garcia is Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies' Project Purple sponsor, and she attended the conference with Tawes and Veal to explore how to build a more resilient and healthy community in Hatteras.  (S.P. Sullivan photo, DCS-CRC). 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, October 23, 2014:  Interested in State of the Children. 

Supporting Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

OBX Mommy and Me
At one of their playgroups, members of Outer Banks Mommy & Me and their children proudly display the organization's generous donation of $500 to the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County to support Dolly Parton's Imagniation Library.  Through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, Imaginiation Libary is able to mail an age-appropriate book once a month to enrolled Dare County children, ages birth to five. 

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, October 22, 2014:  Supporting Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.





Conference Considers Science of the Positive

Check out the article by Neel Keller printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, October 8, 2014:  Conference Considers "Science of the Positive."

Recognized Community Researcher to Speak at State of the Child Conference

The 5th State of the Child conference is Friday at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.  Sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County this day-long event asks the question once again, "How are the Children?"

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Linkenbach, a research scientist, author and consultant who is the founder and director of The Montana Institute.  The Institute works to identify the positive that is occurring in communities and help leaders become more effective in inspiring change. 

Dr. Linkenbach will lead conference attendees through understanding and applying the Science of the Positive framework to restore and reinforce a balance of hope and conern in families and in the community.  Outer Banks parents and other role models will leave with tools they can readily use in any setting to promote the healthy development of our children and youth. 

This is Dr. Linkenbach's first trip to the Outer Banks and he is excited to be a part of the State of the Child Conference.  "I'm honored to bring the Science of the Positive to the people of Dare County, and I can't wait to see the great work they will do improving the welfare of children and families," he said. 

The State of the Child Conference on Friday is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.  Registration is limited.  For questions or more information contact Children & Youth Partnership at (252) 441-0614 or visit www.darekids.org

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, September 25, 2014:  Recognized Community Researcher to Speak at State of the Child Conference. 

Exciting Sessions Part of 2014 State of the Child Conference   

Sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, the Friday September 26 State of the Child Conference promises to be a day loaded with the most recent news and research on creating positive communities to nurture the best in our children.  Filled with information and facts, to help participants get more in-depth information, the afternoon will feature four breakout sessions.

Igniting Sparks! Promote Well-being by Nurturing Kids Passions

Nancy Griffin is a licensed school counselor and curriculum specialist who recently retired as Director of Secondary Instruction for Dare County Schools.

Learn practical tips for kindling sparks in others and recharging your own energy. Each of us has at least one spark or passionan activity that unleashes our energy and joy.  Young people who know and share their passions with others have a greater sense of purpose and are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to thrive. Whether a parent, grandparent, teacher, mentor, coach, neighbor, or friend, YOU have the power to help young people discover and develop the sparks that truly engage them to be their best.

Parenting with the Heart in Mind -A Mindful Parent, Mindful Child Series

Shirley Parker is a School Psychologist for Dare County Schools and Rosie Rankin is Career Development Facilitator at Manteo High School.  As licensed professional counselors, they also share a private practice called Outer Banks Inner Journey, a Center for Self-Care and Well-Being.

Let go of stressful, “automatic pilot,” parenting and cultivate more conscious, valued choices. Learn about Mindful Parenting. Explore and experience practices that will enable you to parent with a warm heart and calm mind. Learn how to better understand and accept difficult emotions in yourself and your children. Parenting with the Heart in Mind supports and encourages parents so they can better support and encourage their children!

Whos Minding the Children? We Are! Creating Positive Connections in Our Community

 Beth Tillett, Parent Educator with the Parents as Teachers program offered through the Children &Youth Partnership for Dare County, and Instructor of Redirecting Childrens Behavior.

Consider the power of being purposeful as a parent, teacher or coach and the impact when we arrive prepared, eager and ready to connect with each child, every day. As adults, we often react to the attitudes and behaviors children bring to the breakfast table, classroom and ball field. In this workshop you will learn to be present by building focused and supportive relationships with children in our care; be positive by motivating youth and their families through encouragement; be proactive by adopting alternative messages that support the skills we want to teach our youth.

Family Wellness Across the Years: Practical Parenting Tips to Preserve Family Wellness

 Dr. Georgia Hennessy, Medical Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Program at the Outer Banks Hospital. She is offering monthly prenatal classes, involved with the Parenting Enrichment Program and the Special Olympics in Dare County.  Her interests include wellness, special needs children and developmental concerns. 

Learn about family wellness and what YOU can do to promote it! What are the most effective strategies that will increase the well-being of families? Dr. Hennessy will discuss topics such as health and nutrition, fitness, sleep, and the latest research on the impact of family meals.

 

For more information or to register contact Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614 or visit our website www.darekids.org.  Pass on the Positive and watch it grow!

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Sunday, September 14, 2014:  Exciting Sessions Part of 2014 State of the Child Conference.