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Board Recognitions and Bob Tull Awards!

The Partnership is ever so thankful to have dedicated Board members who help support and stand behind the mission and vision of helping young children in Lincoln and Gaston counties thrive. At this month’s board meeting we gave special recognition to those whose tenure had come to an end. Board Chair-Sarah Miller, Board Members Kimberly Davis (not pictured), Erma Deen Hoyle and Susan McCracken.  Erma Deen Hoyle and Susan McCracken also receive the Robert E. Tull Award for their volunteer leadership and community servant hood.

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Sibling Reading Role Models

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Look at this great article  we found at Scholastic Parents!

How Siblings Can Be Reading Role Models 

Is one of your children a role model to her brother or sister? Leading by example is a great way for one sibling to shine and for the others to emulate good behavior.

Have you ever thought about encouraging your kids to be reading role models? Reading is one of the ways that older siblings can thrive as role models. Plus, it allows them to strengthen their own reading skills in the process.

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It's Cold Outside!

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As the  winter months continue and temperatures drop, every effort must be made to keep children safe while playing outside.  While there are many benefits to being outside, such as the ability to explore and discover and the freedom to run, jump and play, the American  Academy of Pediatrics stress that with a few simple steps, children can be kept safe from weather-related dangers.

Check Weather Prior 
A Child Care Weather chart as well as a check with local weather channels in your area can be used in determining if conditions are suitable for children to play outside. 

Appropriate Attire 
Children should be kept warm and dry. This can be achieved by dressing them in layers.  Below is an example of how this can be done:

  • ·Layer 1: Thermal underwear, socks.
  • ·Layer 2: Turtleneck, sweater plus sweatpants or possibly ski pants.
  • ·Layer 3: Jacket (water-resistant), a hat, waterproof gloves and boots with gripping surfaces and a neck gaiter.

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I am WAGE$ Ellen Devenny

Determined. Dedicated. Committed. Those are just a few words that describe Child Care WAGE$® participant, Ellen Devenny. Ellen works as an assistant teacher at a five-star private NC Pre-K center in Gaston County, and just graduated in May 2019 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education with a 4.0 GPA. She walked across the stage at age 62. Click for full article.

 

Photo credit: Gaston College

 

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Bicycle Safety 101

Did you know children under the age of 10 can't correctly judge the distance of cars or how fast they are going on a bicycle? With summer offically being here children will be outside more and more. Here are a few bicycle tips every parent should know. 
 
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Full article and tips: https://bit.ly/1t1zCUQ

Smart Start Receives Funding to Expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Across NC

Lincoln & Gaston County, NC -- Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Imagination Library) are working together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free, age-appropriate books through the Imagination Library to children across the state.

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Local Child Care Provider Earns College Degree

 Robin Harris of Robin's Nest Child Care Home in Gastonia shares how she continued her education and went on to achieve her college degree. Congratulations Robin!

"The road to achieving my college degree has not been an easy one but luckily I did not have to do it alone. My daughter, Shantell Phillips, who is not only my assistant but also my best friend, has been there for me all the way. Having someone so close to me and by my side has made this journey a special one. She kept me focused and I was determined.

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Local Events to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day

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Join the Gaston and Lincoln County Libraries for these exciting Dr. Seuss Day events!

Gaston County Public Library

  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Fri, March 2 @ 3:30-4:30pm | Mount Holly Branch
  • Seuss Saturday - Sat, March 3 @ 11-3pm | Gastonia - Main Branch

Lincoln County Public Library

  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Fri, March 2 @ 10-11:30am | Shanklin Library, Denver
  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Sat, March 3 @ 2-4pm | Jonas Library, Lincolnton
  • Dr. Seuss Movie "The Lorax" - Mon, March 5 @ 4-6pm | West Lincoln Branch, Vale

Partnership Board Recognizes Key Players in the Community for February 2018

We are thrilled to announce our key players in the community for February 2018. The following individuals and child care centers were recognized earlier this month by the Partnership's Board of Directors:

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Anastasia Denaux was recognized for receiving her Master's Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.
Pictured: Michael Linker (Partnership Executive Director), Anastasia and her husband Charlie, and Sarah Miller (Partnership Board Chair)

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NC Early Childhood Foundation Launches Family Forward NC

pfclg famThe North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation launched Family Forward NC, an innovative business initiative to improve children's health and well-being and keep North Carolina's businesses competitive. By increasing family friendly workplace practices, business, families, and our state all win.

What

Through research and the exchange of ideas among business leaders, employees and organizations, Family Forward NC promotes workforce investments that support children's healthy development and a competitive business environment, both in the short and long term. That's a goal we can all rally behind.

Why

Though the number of working families has risen dramatically over the last few decades, family initiatives have not kept pace. The immediate and long-term business advantages of these offerings are well-documented.

  • Family-friendly workplaces provide a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction and reducing absenteeism.
  • Family-friendly practices support children's future academic and career success. These benefits all come back to business by building a strong future workforce.

Visit this website to learn more about the benefits of Family Forward NC.

 

Source: http://buildthefoundation.org/familyforwardnc

New Child Care Rules Effective October 1, 2017

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"New Child Care Rules have been adopted and officially became effective October 1, 2017. Many of these rule changes are a result of the CCDF Reauthorization and related federal requirements and the NC Periodic Review of Existing Rules.

DCDEE staff is working diligently to summarize the finalized changes, update forms and prepare presentations to train DCDEE staff and child care providers on what they need to know.

DCDEE has posted the revised rules to [their] website. Providers can visit the DCDEE website at www.ncchildcare.nc.gov to view all of the new rules and rule language. Click the "Rules, Law, and Public Information" tab on the left side of the screen, and the new and revised rules are posted here and noted as being effective October 1" (DCDEE, www.ncchildcare.nc.gov).

For more information or if you have immediate questions, please contact your assigned Child Care Consultant.

Mr. MusicMan Returns to Spooktacular!

We are excited welcome back Mr. MusicMan to our 9th Annual Family Spooktacular!DSC03483

Mr. MusicMan (Robert Lowery) has been our DJ at Spooktacular for more than 5 years. His ability to get children and their families up and moving is amazing. Whether it's demonstrating the latest dance moves or exercising to upbeat hip-hop tunes, your body will experience a total workout.

We invite you to come and experience this excitement and much, much more at our 9th Annual Spooktacular on Saturday, October 28 from 11am-3pm at the Woodmill Winery Festival Grounds (1350 WoodMill Winery Lane, Vale, NC).

Click here to learn more about Spooktacular!

Partnership Recognizes Retiring Board Members and Key Players in the Community

At recent Board Meetings, the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Children for Lincoln and Gaston Counties (Partnership) recognized retiring Board members Tammy Kane, Joe Dixon and Bill Gross.  Chair Sarah Miller and Vice Chair Wanda Wyont presented each with a plaque noting the Partnership’s sincere appreciation for their years of leadership and service as a member of the Board.

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PFCLG Exec. Director Michael Linker, Chair Sarah Miller,
Retiring Board Tammy Kane, and Public Information Coordinator Rosalind Richardson

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The Impact of Our Volunteers

Barbara Linker and Brian Foster are no strangers to the Partnership. Together they have put in 45 hours of service since joining us as volunteers in October 2016.

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“Brian and I so enjoy volunteering at the Partnership,” Barbara says. “The books given to the children in the various projects are first quality. Knowing this may be a child’s first book makes us proud to be a volunteer for the Partnership.”

Over the last several months, Barbara and Brian have helped us label over 5,000 books for our Reach Out and Read program and Boogie with Books events, and organized approximately 20 of our theme boxes. They helped us prepare for the Literacy Builds Gaston meeting back in May, as well as our big Spooktacular event last October. Every hour that they give helps us tremendously!

Thank you to Barbara, Brian and all of our outstanding volunteers for helping us expand the reach of our programs in so many ways. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Partnership, call (704) 922-0900.

 

 

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