Voices for Young Children
A quarterly newsletter from Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative
Early literacy event Child care is not just
exposes business about babies anymore
people to quality F or as long as I can remember business and
early care and education have been relegated
child care settings to different univers-
FOUR ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO
SUPPORT EARLY LITERACY EVENT Thank goodness
O n an early Wednesday morning in to help raise awareness and promote the that’s starting to
April, 23 volunteers lined up to get importance of reading to young children change as informa-
coffee and food at Parker and Otis, a chic is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Stephen tion from leading
café near Brightleaf Square, before settling Raburn, Executive Director at the Volun- economists (includ-
in for a quick crash course on early literacy teer Center of Durham. ing a Nobel Prize
practices and a chance to test those new- The Volunteer Center of Durham sup-
found skills with 3 and 4-year-olds. plied the volunteers and Durham’s Partner- and more than eight
“This is going to be a blast!,” said Linda ship for Children organized the program university think Dave Clark
Wengler, a volunteer with Channel Advi- and the high quality child care facilites. tanks have findings Vice President Business Banking,
sor, who was eyeing the Clifford books in alignment saying Wachovia
Equipped with reading tips from the ear- the interdependence CommunityVoices
stacked on the presentation table. “I love ly literacy presentation, Clifford’s School
Clifford. I can’t wait to read this one to between the econo-
Days Treasury and directions to the respec- my and quality child
the kids.” tive child care sites, the volunteers were ea-
care is important and is widely undervalued.
That’s what Durham’s Partnership for ger to meet their classrooms.
Children and the Volunteer Center of Each child read to that morning also
As a banker, I look at long-term and short-
Durham’s joint-volunteer initiative was all received two Clifford books to take home term investments. Child care has both long-term
about April 16—reading to the kids. from the Better Business Bureau Educa- and short-term returns. Short term it helps 70
To celebrate Week of the Young Child, tional Foundation. percent of local workforce who depend on it to
the two organizations launched Partner- be productive on the job to keep our businesses
Jeff Wray, a board member with the productive and enabling Durham County resi-
ing for Early Literacy Day, which con- foundation, said the initiative was a perfect
nected 23 volunteers from Credit Suisse, dents to buy homes and pay taxes to support
fit with the Better Business Bureu’s focus our growing community. The long-term result
Channel Advisor, Measurement Inc. and to support literacy efforts with young chil-
Duke University with eight high quality is not as apparent. It will be seen with the work-
dren, youth and their families.
child care facilities. “Anything we can do force of 2025.
Week of the Young Child Right now, we have under invested. The
Photos from top: Cameron Fisher, a corpo- short term and long term results teeter on what
rate volunteer from ChannelAdvisor, reads SEE LITERACY EVENT, PAGE 2 our business community will do in the next
Count on Clifford to a class at Primary Colors few years. Will they invest more in a child’s life
Early Learning Center. Right: Clifford sur- earlier to hedge a future that could widen the
prises a class of 3-year-old children at Hope skills between the American human capital with
Valley Preschool. Below: David Young from competitive countries, such as India and China,
Credit Suisse reads to a class of children at both up-and-coming-IT-professional power-
White Rock Child Development Center.
houses? Will our current investment in child
care continue to support all sectors of our work-
force who rely on child care to work, including
the new dearth of adequate infant and toddler
care across the state? to gr
SEE CHILD CARE COLUMN, PAGE 2
Inside this issue
>Learn how Smart Start funded programs helped a
family find quality child care.
>Get the latest updates about the Partnership’s work.
May 6-9 - National Smart Start Conference - www.ncsmartstart.org
May 7 - National Smart Start Dinner 6p.m. at the Kuory Center, Greensboro NC.
May 20 - Tuesdays for Tots at the NC State Legislature, call 403-6960 x221 for more information
June 12 - Public Health Hearing Focused on Young Children and Families hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
Commission to Build a Healthier America. Visit www.commissiononhealth.org for more information on event location, time.
September 23 - Save the Date - State of Durham’s Children: Engaging Business for Educational Progress. Tuesday, Sept.
23rd at 7:30a.m. (Program begins at 8 a.m.) Bay 7, American Tobacco Campus. Keynote speaker: Governor Jim Hunt. Call
682-2133 x228 for tickets.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Partnering for Early Literacy Day
“This was an awesome experience,” said
Lisa Lyon, co-director of Hope Valley Pre-
school, a five-star center. “It’s rare that we
get people from the outside community to
come in and interact with the children.”
Two centers with the largest number of
children participating received a special
visit from Clifford himself thanks to a do-
nated costume from Barnes and Noble -
Marsha Basloe, Executive Director of
the Partnership, said the visit to the child
care centers were opportunities to reframe
education from K-12 to B-12 (birth Count on Clifford
to 12th grade). “It was an eye-opening Pictured Left: Children at Brown’s Day Care sign their names to their new books which were handed
experience for many of the volunteers to out after the reading event. The books were donated to more than 300 children by the Better Business
see the importance of early literacy and its Bureau Educational Foundation. Pictured Right: Mattney Beck from Channel Advisor counts with
impact on children’s school readiness.” childern at White Rock Child Development Center.
CHILD CARE COLUMN, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
For instance, research from institutions, early care and education. Here are some strategies • Share expertise (such as accounting skills,
such as Harvard University, the National businesses can do today: management training, public relations, etc.)
with early care and education programs,
Economic and Law Center, and Committee • Inform employees about the importance of health and family support programs and
for Economic Development all agree that the first years of life and provide parenting volunteer to serve on their boards.
early care and education is a proven strategy information using a wide variety of
communication vehicles, such as bulletin • Communicate concerns about the
that closes the preparation gap for academic boards, in-house newsletters, electronic importance of the early years to
achievement and is the foundation to long- networks, or literature in paycheck policymakers.
term success byway of higher graduation rates, envelopes. • Work with other community partners, such
• Learn about best practices in the work / family as Durham’s Partnership for Children, to
post-secondary education, better paying jobs expand and improve health services, early
arena. Visit www.whenworkworks.org
and more productive adults. And the brain has care and education, and family support /
been proven to grow 90 percent by the age of • Conduct surveys or focus groups to learn parent education programs for families
about employee needs. with young children.
five. There are brain pathways that won’t get
• Underwrite some employee child care costs. • Volunteer to repair or renovate early
connected by age six without early stimulation. childhood playgrounds and facilities
No wonder young children can pick up foreign • Review policies and practices to consider
how to become more supportive to families • Design and build low-cost early care and
languages easier than adults. and, whenever possible, offer flexible work education and family center facilities using
Each year, the US is losing more manufacturing, schedules and telecommuting options. non-toxic building materials.
technology and biotech jobs to China and India • Invite local speakers to offer parenting Dave Clark serves on Durham’s Partnership for
as the multinational companies are finding more seminars at work sites.
Children’s Board and is Chair of the Community
innovative, more educated and more productive • Honor and reward employees who volunteer Awareness and Development Committee.
workers in these countries. to provide or improve early childhood
programs and services. This article appeared in the Herald-Sun, Dec. 4,
We can’t sit on this research, and we can’t rely 2007. It was reprinted with permission from the
• Offer employees access to online parenting
on local, state and federal government to increase information and resources at work. Herald Sun.
spending on early care and education. • Serve on community planning and
Businesses must take action now to invest in improvement committees.
Corporate Champions for Children
at the Partnership
Time Warner Cable grant to support
State of Durham’s Children event
T he Partnership is thankful for the generous
support of Time Warner Cable for a $3,500
grant to help support the Second State of Dur-
ham’s Children: Engaging Business for Educa-
Corporate Champions met at Bright Horizons, an on-site child care facility serving Blue Cross
Blue Shield employees, on March 26 to review strategies businesses can adopt to support young The event will build awareness with the business
children and their families. community that learning is a never-ending con-
Pictured from Left: Rachael McDaniel, Bright Horizons; Robin Miller, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Norht Carolina; tinuum. Come see what Durham is doing to en-
Marsha Basloe, Durham’s Partnership for Children; Michael Palmer, Durham-Duke Neighborhood Partnership; rich and shape the stages of the educational pro-
Cindy Ray Keene, Time Warner Cable; Agnes Speight, Merck; Josh Parker, Developer; Nigel Birtwhitsle, Bright cess, from birth through post-secondary levels, to
Horizons; Marie Ramirez, Bright Horizons; Stan Pace, Verizon; Deborah Harris, Bright Horizons; Ken Kernodle,
help create a workforce prepared to face the chal-
Duke Energy; Alan DeLisle, City of Durham; Steve Toler, Steve Toler LLC; Dave Clark, Wachovia; Barbara Rothschild,
lenges of today’s global economy. The event will
take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd and will feature
Governor Jim Hunt as Keynote Speaker.
High school mom to graduate on time thanks 2008 Community Report highlights
to program that supports child care search parent tips, Durham program directory
S andra was worried that her 18-year-
old daughter Tiara, an honor student
also provides funds for Child Care Services
Association’s Choosing and Using Quality
D urham’s Partnership for Children thanks The
Herald-Sun for in-kind support of the 2008
and an athlete at Southern High School, Child Care Program. Quality infant care Report.
wouldn’t return to school in time to com- in Durham can range between $800 and
This year’s report
plete the year. $1,200 a month—rivaling an average mort-
features tips for
gage payment. And the search for quality caregivers to help
“Finding quality child care infant care can be difficult since many fa- manage children
means I can graduate cilities have waiting lists. with behavioral
high school on time and “I was worried because I didn’t want to
tips for preparing
leave him with someone I didn’t know, and
continue to plan for my you really have to learn a lot about the child children for
future,” Tiara said. care provider and ask a lot of questions to
get as much information as possible in a Partnership will be distributing 7,000 copies of the
Over winter break, Tiara gave birth to short amount of time,” Tiara said. report to Durham libraries, grocery stores, doctor’s
Omari and needed to find affordable child “Child Care Services [staff]were so knowl- offices and community agencies, including our
care quickly in order to return to school. edgeable and told us what to look for,” says funded programs. If you would like copies for your
“She [Tiara] is really smart, but I was wor- Sandra. “We had a lot of questions and agency or child care facility, contact Karine Stallings
ried that she was going to be behind be- they helped us with a checklist.” Tiara said at 403-6960 x221 or email@example.com.
ing out almost a month of school,” Sandra it helped that a family counselor drove her
said. Join us in Raleigh for an advocacy event
and her mother to different sites so they
Sandra and Tiara went to Durham’s Al-
liance for Child Care Access shortly after
could focus on the questions and compare
information between visits to possible child
M ark your calendars for Tuesday, May 20. This
year, Durham’s Partnership for Children will
participate in an advocacy event called Tuesdays for
Omari was born to receive a financial as- care facilities. Tots.
sistance towards the total cost of child care. Today, through the help of Child Care During the legislative session, local partnerships
While they were concerned about receiving Services Association, Durham’s Alliance for reserve Tuesdays to travel to the legislature to talk
assistance, they hadn’t really thought about Child Care Access and funding from Dur- with delegates about the impact Smart Start funded
launching a child care search until they were ham’s Partnership for Children, 4-month- programs have on young children and their families.
referred to Child Care Services Association’s old Omari is nurtured at Love-N-Care Tuesdays for Tots brings child care providers, parents,
Choosing and Using Quality Child Care Child Academy, a 4-star child care center. business leaders, representatives from the faith
Program, located in the same building. community, local officials and other to Raleigh to
Tiara is a full-time student and will be meet with our local legislators.
“It was a great resource to be able to have graduating this June. She plans on attend-
a one-stop place to get financial and child The Partnership will have a chartered bus departing
ing North Carolina Central University in
care assistance,” Sandra said. the Jim and Carolyn Hunt Child Care Resource Center
the fall. at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be available on the bus.
Durham’s Partnership for Children invests “Finding quality child care means I can The group will return to Durham from the legislature
53 percent of its funding to help parents graduate high school on time and continue between noon and 12:30 p.m. For more information
like Tiara afford child care. The Partnership to plan for my future,” she said. on this event, contact Karine Stallings, 403-6960 x221
Durham’s Partnership for Children ORG
1201 S. Briggs Ave, Suite 210 U.S. Postage
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Child Care Based Mental Health Intervention Community Awareness & Education Grow A Teacher Smart Start Subsidy for More at Four
Exchange Clubs’ Family Center Durham’s Partnership for Children Child Care Services Association Durham’s Alliance for Child Care Access
Provides technical assistance and support to help in- Creates and provides educational and informational Provides technical assistance to child care teach- Durham County Department of Social Services
crease the capacity for child care providers to foster materials, coordinates Partnership events, represents ers in developing professional development plans. Pays tuition for eligible families of children age 4 in
social-emotional development and help manage the Partnership on local and state committees as ap- Encourages high school graduates participating the More at Four program. 919.560.8300
the mental health concerns of children in preschool propriate, and keeps community apprised of public in Durham Tech’s Dual Enrollment Program to www.co.durham.nc.us
settings. 919.403.8249 x233 policy matters. 919.403.6960 www.dpfc.net work towards a degree in early childhood by pro-
viding scholarships and counseling/mentoring. Smart Start Child Care Subsidy/Subsidy
www.exchangefamilycenter.org Durham Inclusion Support Services 919.403.6950 www.childcareservices.org Administration
Child Care Nutrition Consultation Community Partnerships Durham’s Alliance for Child Care Access
Provides consultation, technical assistance and Healthy Families Durham
Durham County Health Department Pays tuition for eligible families of children birth to five
Child and Parent Support Services
Provides professional nutrition consultation to food training to child care providers and families who care at 3, 4, and 5 star child care centers and homes. Pro-
An intensive, home-based family support program
preparation staff, teachers and directors in child care for a child for whom there is a developmental, be- that serves primarily first-time parents with iden- vides eligibility and access to child care scholarships,
centers and homes, and to the parents of the enrolled havioral or social-emotional concern. 919.402.9400 tified risk factors. 919.419.3474 referrals to family services and payments to child care
children. 919.560.7783 www.co.durham.nc.us www.compart.org providers. 919.560.8300 www.co.durham.nc.us
Healthy Smiles/Healthy Kids
Child Care Substitute Program Early Childhood Outreach Project (EChO) Durham County Health Department Teach Early Childhood® AmeriCorps Program
Child Care Services Association Exchange Clubs’ Family Center Provides dental nutrition education and outreach to Child Care Services Association
Provides consistent, quality substitute cover- Provides consultation, support and referral services family members of preschool children and child care Provides educational release time to teachers of
age for 3,4, or 5-star facilities for teachers who to Durham child care providers and families when a teachers. 919.560.7783 www.co.durham.nc.us children 0-5 years working in licensed, nonprofit
need release time to attend college-level classes. child’s behavior presents a challenge. child care centers. 919.403.6950
Hispanic/Latino Consultation Services
919.403.6950 www.childcareservices.org 919.403.8249 x233 www.exchangefamilycenter.org www.childcareservices.org
Durham Council for Children with Special Needs
Child Care Quality Enhancement/ Family Support Subsidy Project Offers interpretation and translation services for WAGE$®
Maintenance The Arc of Durham County Spanish-speaking families with or at risk for spe- Child Care Services Association
Child Care Services Association Provides one-time financial assistance for families cial needs children. 919.956.5016 www.dccsn.org Provides education-based salary supplements to
Provides technical assistance to child care programs with special needs children for special services and Incredible Years teachers, directors, and family child care providers.
seeking to improve and maintain the quality of equipment 919.493.8141 www.thearcofdurham.org Durham County Cooperative Extension Services 919.967.3272 www.childcareservices.org
child care for children birth to five years in Durham. FAMOSA Provides parenting education for children ages 2 Welcome Baby Family Resource Center
919.403.6950 x279 www.childcareservices.org El Centro Hispano, Inc. to 5 with behavior challenges. 919.560.7150 Durham County Cooperative Extension Services
Choosing & Using Quality Child Care Provides Spanish speaking families with referrals to www.welcomebaby.org Provides parent support groups, parenting classes
Child Care Services Association community resources, ESL classes, parent education More at Four and family literacy training forfamilies with chil-
Provides information and referral to parents about and family literacy activities. 919.687.4635 Durham’s Partnership for Children dren, birth to age 5. 919.560.7150
the quality and availability of child care programs www.elcentronc.org Provides quality pre-k to eligible 4-year-old www.welcomebaby.org
and other family resources. 919.403.6950 children. The program is designed to prepare
children academically and socially for kindergarten.