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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. 

The article was 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 form 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 yound children and promoting the importance of play in developing the minds and imaginations of young children.  Readiness for shcool is more that basic knowledge of language and math, and includes all facets of development:  physical, cognitive, social and emotional eompetencies.  Play and good play environments allow opportunities for children to discover, creeate, 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

See the article printed in the Outer Banks Sentinel, Wednesday, February 18, 2015:  CYP Looking for Exhibitors for KidsFest 2015. 

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Georgia Hennessey
Dr. Georgia Hennessy will present "Family WellnessAcross 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 nutritian, 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.  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 Agler'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 bussinesses 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.

Printed in the Coastland Times, Tuesday,. January 27, 2015:  CHAC donates to Imagination Library, and again 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.
   In the Coastland Times,. 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. 

  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