2018 has flown by hasn’t it? So much has happened that it seemed that we turned around twice and the holidays are here. We at the Partnership we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the things we accomplished over the year and celebrate.
In March we were so happy to say, “Hello Dolly!” to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in limited zip codes in Guilford County. Later in the year we were able to expand to all zip codes in Guilford County. The Imagination Library will provide your child a free, age-appropriate book every month until they turn five. If you haven’t signed your child up yet, more information can be found at the Parents as Teachers website.
Also, in March, we collaborated with the Healthy Relationships Initiative to hold our first Family Village Community Resource Fair. The event was held at the Greensboro Public Library and included 25 community agencies. This event allowed parents to discover new resources as well as giving agencies the time and space to network. Entertainment was provided by the wonderful Big Bang Boom! Another fair was scheduled for April in High Point at the High Point Public Library. If you missed these events, don’t worry… We have more Family Village Workshops and Resource Fairs coming in 2019, stay tuned!
Unfortunately, disaster struck the beautiful city of Greensboro on April 15th, as a tornado touched down in East Greensboro, causing great devastation. Schools, homes, and several childcare centers were damaged or destroyed. We could not have been more proud to be a part of the community that went in to action to begin working to help our neighbors who had been affected. We became a drop off location for donated supplies for the families and childcare centers that had been hit and we were able to collect enough donations from our generous community to hold multiple distribution events in May and August 2018.
Even as we started the long process of helping our community, we celebrated early learning, young children, their teachers, and families during Week of the Young Child 2018. Every day that week had a theme and an event which culminated in Healthy Kids Day Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Hayes Taylor YMCA. Families had the opportunity to enjoy the Be Active Kids Playmobile, along with several other activities and family fun as provided by Hayes-Taylor YMCA and many other community partners! Several community agencies were also able to represent their agencies at the event, in order to provide resources and materials to assist the families.
In July, we participated in the Community Baby Shower event in collaboration with the East Market Street Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Greensboro. Available at the event were items for expecting parents, and parents of infants including diapers, baby clothes, food, and several other items. In addition, supplies and materials were also provided to those families still recovering from the tornado which had impacted our area in April 2018.
As Summer 2018 was winding down and the school year got into full swing here at the Partnership, we decided to have a little fun and make a music video celebrating the success of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library having expanded to all zip codes in Guilford County! We were fortunate enough to have Ms. Taylor Gabbey of UNC-G assist us in filming and editing the video.
Finally, in November, we found out that the Guilford County NC Pre-K program had been chosen by the North Carolina Division of Development and Early Education to participate in a pilot program for the NC Pre-K Transition to K project! This project is intended to work towards developing a standardized transition program that will make it easier for families when their children move from preschool or pre-k to kindergarten. We are excited to be a part of this exciting program!
We hope your years was as fulfilling as ours and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Happy Holidays from the Partnership staff!