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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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.
 

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. 



  Midgett Insurance Supports State of the Child Conference  

Midgett InsuranceMidgett Insurance donates $500 to Children & Youth Partnership for the September 26th State of the Child Conference.  This year's conference will highlight the impact of positive parenting and supportive adult role models on our community's children and youth. (L to R) Caitlin Anderson and Katherine Klonis from Midgett Insurance; Dee McManus, CYP Board Member accepting the donation; and Jan Presgraves and Tenille Parsons from Midgett Insurance. 

Midgett Insurance donates $500 to Children & Youth Partnership for the September 26th State of the Child Conference.  This year's conference will highlight the impact of positive parenting and supportive adult role models on our community's children and youth. (L to R) Caitlin Anderson and Katherine Klonis from Midgett Insurance; Dee McManus, CYP Board Member accepting the donation; and Jan Presgraves and Tenille Parsons from Midgett Insurance.

Midgett Insurance Agency has provided a generous donation of $500 to Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County's upcoming State of the Child Conference - "How Are the Children?" that is scheduled for September 26,2014. It will be Dare County's fifth state of the child conference focusing on children's issues. 

The theme of this year's conference will highlight the impact of positive parenting and other adult role models, and the goal is to jumpstart a campaign that promotes and encourages positive behaviors amound children, families, and the other adults in their lives. This "How Are the Children?" conference will focus on growing "Positive Community Norms" in an effort to strengthen a county-wide culture that supports safe, stable, and nurturing relationships that help youth thrive. 

The Postive Community Norms program (PCN) was developed at Montana State University, is research-based, and has strong tract record. It incoprorates Social Norms Theory, whioch shows the powerful impact that beliefs about norms have on how people think and behave. A Positive Community Norms campaign focuses on strengths while correcting misperceptions about normative behaviours and building the willingness of a community to engage in healthier, safer behaviors and building the willingness of a community to engage in healthier, safer behaviors, whether related to alcohol consumption, traffic safety, or child rearing. 

Check out the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, September 17, 2014:  Midgett Insurance Supports State of the Child Conference. 

 

CYP's State of the Child Conference is September 26  

Nationally Recognized Community Researcher to Speak at State of the Child Conference.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 26 and plan on attending the 5th State of the Child conference 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 (www.MontanaInstitute.com). 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 concern 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 will be 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 will be Friday, September 26th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills. Registration is limited. For questions or more information contact Children and Youth Partnership 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 Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, September 3, 2014:  CYP's State of the Child Conference is Sept. 26.

 

Partnership Grant to Support Reach Out and Read Program  

Since early 2012, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County has been working with the Dare County Department of Public Health and Surf Pediatrics and Medicine (both their Nags Head and Kitty Hawk locations) to bring the Reach Out and Read program to the children of Dare County.

This year, the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) awarded Children & Youth Partnership two grants – a $7,290 grant to continue to implement the program at these sites, allowing children to continue to reap the benefits of early literacy and reading – and an additional $4,500 award to expand the Reach Out and Read program to Surf Pediatrics and Medicine’s newest location in Kill Devil Hills. 

Reach Out and Read is a national program that supports doctors in their efforts to “prescribe” reading to young children. Children & Youth Partnership works with the medical practices to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving books to children at well-child visits (ages 6 months-5 years) and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud and book sharing. They also provide a literacy-rich waiting room area, so that children are surrounded by literacy from the moment that they walk into the door of their practice.

On June 24, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new policy that promotes the importance of reading and literacy, and encourages doctors to promote literacy with the children and families that they see as early as possible, which falls right in line with the Reach Out and Read model.

Reading aloud with young children is one of the most effective ways to expose them to enriched language and to encourage specific early literacy skills needed to promote school readiness,” the new AAP Policy by lead author Pamela C. High, MD states. “Pediatric providers have a unique opportunity to encourage parents to engage in this important and enjoyable activity with their children beginning in infancy.”

Since Reach Out and Read began at Surf Pediatrics and Medicine and the Dare County Department of Public Health, the program has helped to provide over 5,400 books to over 2,500 of Dare County’s young children.

“[Reach Out and Read] has been a great success [at Surf Pediatrics and Medicine] in terms of how rewarding it is to hear what happiness a book at home brings to young children's lives,” stated Dr. Christian Lige of Surf Pediatrics and Medicine. “We can watch [the children] in the office smile right away, sit down, and open the book right there in the office; their parents are always so pleased as well. We look forward to expanding our reach in the community by continuing to provide books to children as our practice grows along the Outer Banks, and [we] look forward to lending a hand to brighten our children’s futures.”

For more information about Reach Out and Read in Dare County, please contact Carla Heppert with Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, at (252)441-0614. For more information about Reach Out and Read nationally, visit their website at www.reachoutandread.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 Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, August 20, 2014:  Partnership Grant to Support Reach Out and Read Program and in the Coastland Times, Sunday, September 7, 2014:  CYP Garners Grants for Local Reach Out and Read Program

 

OBX Bank Partnership Helps Advance CYP Cause

OBX BankOBX Bank has donated $1,000 to Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County for its Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program and KidsFest.  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. All proceeds from KidsFest are also being used to support the program. 

With the help of generous donors like the OBX Bank, outstanding children’s books are being mailed directly to young children in their homes each month until their fifth birthday.  These children will be able to begin building their own library of books at home that can be read and re-read to them by their family members, nurturing young imaginations and laying the early foundations for learning to read.

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 on our 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 out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Tuesday, July 29, 2014: OBX Bank Partnership Helps Advance C&YP Cause and in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, August 6, 2014: OBX Bank Supports Imagination Library, KidsFest.

Raffle a Win-Win

Raffle

ANNETTE FERMAHIN won the Children & Youth Parternship 50/50 raffle at the Brew Thru summer concert on July 17.  She is shown with her son Callum and CYP board member Molly Harrison.  Net proceeds from the raffle will be used to support CYP children's programs. 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Sunday, July 27, 2014:  Raffle a Win Win

Outer Banks Hospital Donates $5,000 for 2014 State of the Child Conference

 

Outer Banks HospitalMEMBERS OF THE 2014 STATE OF THE CHILD STEERING COMMITTEE accepted a $5,000 donation for the Septermber 26 conference from The Outer Banks Hospital.  Shown (from left) are Loretta Michael, Amy Montgomery, Carol Copeland, committee co-chair Nancy Griffin, Tim White, Lisa DiFilippo, committee co-chair Tess Judge, Kip Tabb, Outer Banks Hospital President Ronnie Sloan, Dee McManus, Sara Sampson and Melinda Mogowski.  (photo courtesy CYP of Dare).



The Outer Banks Hospital has provided a generous donation of $5,000 to Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) for Dare County's upcoming State of the Child Conference - "How Are the Children?" that is scheduled for September 26.  It will be Dare County's fifth State of the Child conference focusing on children's issues.  The theme of this year's conference will highlight the impact of positive parenting and other adult role models, and the goal is to jumpstart a campaign that promotes and encourages positive behaviors among children, families, and the other adults in their lives, according to a media release from CYP. 

This "How Are the Children?" conference will focus on growing "Positive Community Norms" in an effort to strengthen a county-wide culture that supports safe stable, and nurturing relationships that help youth thrive. 

The Positive Community Norms Program (PCN) was developed at Montana State University, is research-based and has a strong track record.  It incorporates Social Norms Theory, which shows the powerful impact that beliefs about norms have on how people think and behave. 

A PCN campaign focuses on strengths while correcting misperceptions about normative behaviors and building the willingness of a community to engage in healthier, safer behaviors, whether related to alcohol comsumption, traffice safety, or child rearing. 

Nancy Griffin and Tess Judge, co-chairs of the 2014 conference, have been conducting monthly planning meetings with a conference steering committee to get ready for September's event and the launch of the Positive Community Norms campaign. 

Other members of the committee are Roxana Ballinger, Amber Bodner, Carol Copeland, Amy Denson, Lisa DiFilippo, Dee McManus, Loretta Michael, Melinda Mogowski, Amy Montgomery, Lisa Murphy, Kelly Nettnin, Thea Crane O'Neil, Sara Sampson, Kip Tabb, Leigh Anne Vincent and Tim White. 

The Outer Banks Hospital's contribution towards this upcoming, "How Are the Children?" conference is significant, and we are thrilled to have the Hospital as a partner in this community-wide endeavor to support children and families on the Outer Banks," stated conference co-chair, Nancy Griffin.

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, July 24, 2014: Outer Banks Hospital donates $5,000 for 2014 State of the Child Conference.  

 

Retiring from Post



Sarah MasseySarah Massey was recognized for her service on Children & Youth Partnership's (CYP) Board of Directors at its May meeting.  Board member Jay Burrus thaned Massey on behalf of the organization.  Massey, retiring from East Carolina Behavioral Health this month, has been a CYP board member since 2012. 

Check out the article printed in The Coastland Times, Thursday, May 29, 2014:  Retiring From Post  and in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014: Massey Honored for Service to Children and Youth Partnership.