Presenting Parenting Enrichment Program:
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, 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, Thursday, September 12, 2013: Two C&YP Parenting Enrichment Programs Planned this Month.
Building Imagination Through Reading
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, Sunday, July 21, 2013: Building Imagination Through Reading.
Helping Children Learn
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, Thursday, July 11, 2013: Helping Children Learn.
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, Sunday, July 14, 2013: Practical Investments.
PNC Volunteers Work on KidsFest
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 us out 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 - Key Financial Partner for Imagination Library
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
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 us out in The Coastland Times on March 5, 2013: Too Many Jeopardized
Feeding Imaginations Through Reading
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 us out in The Coastland Times on May 1, 2013: Feeding Imaginations Through Reading. Also in The Outerbanks Sentinel on May 1, 2013: Supporting Imagination Library
Dare Celebrating Week of Young Child
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Mark the Calendar for KidsFest 2013
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 us out in The Coastland Times on March 5, 2013: Mark the Calendar for KidsFest 2013
Check us out in The Sentinel on March 6, 2013: KidsFest Planned for May
Check us out in The Coastland Times on March 10, 2013: Father's Literacy Night - Not Just for Dads
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 us out in The Coastland Times in March: Busting Stress
CYP Partners with DCS for Kindergarten Kick-Offs
Children & Youth Partnership and Dare County Schools are partnering again to present two Kindergarten Kick-Off events, one at Manteo Elementary School and one at Cape Hatteras Elementary School. The events, held for families of rising Kindergartners, are intended to provide helpful information to parents, and answer questions about their child’s entrance into Kindergarten.
For children who will be attending Kindergarten at Manteo Elementary School in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, Kindergarten Kick-Off will be held on March 12 from 5:00-6:30. This event was originally scheduled to be held on March 6, however, it has been rescheduled for March 12 due to the chance of inclement weather. For children who will be attending Kindergarten at Cape Hatteras Elementary School in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, Kindergarten Kick-Off will be held in collaboration with their Kindergarten registration, on March 26 from 5:00-7:00.
Families are encouraged to come and bring the child who will be transitioning into Kindergarten. Child care will be provided for children ages 3 and older.
For the Manteo Kindergarten Kick-Off event on March 12, a self-guided tour of a Kindergarten classroom will begin at 5:00. Pizza will be served at 5:15, and the program will begin at 5:30. For the Cape Hatteras event on March 26, the program will begin at 5:00, including Kindergarten registration, and pizza will be served. For more information about Kindergarten registration, please visit www.darecountyschoolsonline.com.
Both Kindergarten Kick-Off events (including the pizza) are free; however, registration for each event is required by March 8 for the Manteo Elementary School Kick-Off, and by March 22 for the Cape Hatteras Elementary School Kick-Off. Register by email at email@example.com, by phone at (252)441-0614, or at Children & Youth Partnership’s 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 5 and is a central source of information about activities, programs and resources for children.
Check us out in The Coastland Times on March 5, 2013: CYP Partners with DCS for Kindergarten Kick-Offs and on March 7, 2013: Manteo Elementary Kindergarten Kick-Off Rescheduled for Tuesday
Check us out in The Sentinel on March 6, 2013: Kindergarten Kicking Off with CYP
Check us out in The Coastland Times on February 27, 2013: "Helping Children Manage Their Emotions" Thursday
CYP's Annual Block Play Extravaganza March 8 and 9
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County’s annual Block Play Extravaganza is taking place on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9.
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 child’s learning.
The Block Play Extravaganza is a free event which is designed to accommodate 30 children and their parents in each one-hour fun packed session. Sessions will be available on Friday, March 8: 9am-10am and 10:30am-11:30am; and on Saturday, March: 9am-10am and 10:30am-11:30am
Sessions fill-up quickly – don’t miss this unique opportunity! Preregistration is required by contacting Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 441-0614. For more information visit www.darekids.org.
Check us out in The Coastland Times on February 21, 2013: Space Limited, Sign up now for CYP's Block Play Extravaganza
Check us out in The Sentinel on February 27, 2013: CYP's Annual Block Play Extravaganza March 8 and 9
Photo: (l to r) front: Amber Bodner, Dare CASA; Amy Montgomery, Outer Banks Hospital; Roxana Ballinger, Dare County Health Department; Nancy Griffin, Dare County Schools Back: Tess Judge, Children & Youth Partnership board member; Katie Dively, Most of Us Institute; and Loretta Michael and Sara Sampson, Children & Youth Partnership.
Seven Dare County community members representing various youth serving organizations recently attended the 3 day Most of Us “Positive Community Norms” training in Atlanta to learn how to make positive changes in Dare County for our children and youth using a research based practice that transforms misperceptions and focuses on positive messages. Most of Us is a product of extensive research that has been done by Montana State University on such topics as underage drinking, child maltreatment, and health and safety issues.
Positive Community Norms will be the focus of the next State of the Child conference in early 2014. The State of the Child steering committee led by Nancy Griffin and Tess Judge will be meeting soon to begin planning the conference and learn more about how to implement the Most of Us model in Dare County. State of the Child conferences are convened by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County.
Check us out in The Sentinel on February 6, 2013: Youth Organizations Represented at Positive Community Norms Symposium
Check us out in The Coastland Times on February 7, 2013: To Put Model to Work in Dare County
First Flight Rotarians Want Children's Imaginations to Soar
First Flight Rotary Supports Imagination Library- Loretta Michael (center) and Carla Heppert (right), both with Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County presented an update on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the membership at First Flight Rotary Club. Also shown in the photo (left) is First Flight Charter Member, Kearns Lowman. First Flight Rotary is a long-time supporter of the project that provides an age-appropriate book monthly to children in Dare County, from birth until their fifth birthday. This offers an opportunity for children to acquire up to 60 books by the time they turn five. Each book is selected by a committee that is organized by the Dollywood Foundation which was started by Dolly Parton in 1995. This group is composed of parents, teachers, child development specialists, librarians, publishers, and others specializing in early childhood literacy. For more information visit www.darekids.org.
Check us out in The Coastland Times on January 31, 2013: First Flight Rotarians Want Children's Imaginations to Soar
Seats As Advocate
Bill Vann was thanked for his leadership as Co-Chair of Children & Youth Partnership for the past 2 years. Bill continues to serve on the board as immediate past chair. (Left to right) Tim White, CYP Co-Chair; Loretta Michael, CYP Executive Director; and Bill Vann, CYP Past Co-Chair.
Check us out in The Coastland Times on January 31, 2013: Seats As Advocate
Check us out in The Sentinel on January 23, 2013: Bill Vann Thanked for Leadership
Barbara Bingham was recently recognized for her services as a board member of Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. Barbara recently retired as Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community. (Left to right) Barbara Bingham, OBCF; Loretta Michael, Children & Youth Partnership
Check us out in The Coastland Times on January 24, 2013: Retiring Asset
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