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Winter Infant/Toddler Corner Activity

Posted on: December 16th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

With COVID and Flu season upon us it very important that we take the time to wash our hands as recommended.  CDC handwashing guidelines can be found here.

This isn’t hard for adults, but our younger children can have a hard time understanding why it is important.  This handwashing activity can help explain why and how to wash hands to your little ones.

For this activity you will need:


  • Oil (I used vegetable oil.)
  • A fine spice or flour (You want something that will show up well on your child’s skin without irritating it, I used ground sage.)
  • Paper towels
  • Soap
  • Water

Pour around a tablespoon of oil in your child’s hands and then sprinkle a generous amount of spice/flour.

Let your child have some fun mixing the two together on their hands, this is a great sensory activity as well.  Talk to your child about how it feels, “Is it slippery?  Does it have a smell?

When your child begins to lose interest ask them to wash their hands turning on the water and letting them wash their hands without soap. Ask questions about their experience, “What do you see happening?  Interesting. Is that what you expected? What did you expect?

Ask your child to press their hand to the paper towel and follow up with questions like, “What do you notice?  What would happen if you went to play right now?  Now what?”

If your little one offers a solution other than soap let them try it. Learning is far more effective when kids see for themselves rather than being told something won’t work.  But eventually you will need to use the soap to get all the oil and powder off.

Have your child inspect their hands for cinnamon.  Ask questions like, “What about in between your fingers? What about the back of your hands?  How can you wash differently to make sure you get all of those places?”  

Once you think your child has got the idea, pretend to sneeze on your hand. Then explain how germs stick just like the spice/flour. (They are invisible, but they are there.) Then start to wash your hands with water only and see if your child corrects you.  If they don’t, ask them if they think you got the germs off, reminding them of when they just used water earlier and ask them what you need to do to get the germs off.  Children love the chance to be the expert.

We hope this activity help you and your child have a safe and healthy winter.

NC Pre-K Update for 2021-2022 Application

Posted on: December 9th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

Hi NC Pre-K families, we are excited to share that we will begin taking applications for 2021-2022 school year on January 6, 2021!  Your child must be 4 years old by August 31, 2021 to be eligible.  Please don’t apply online at this time at our current website  The online application there is for the current school year.  We will post the link for our 2021-2022 school year on January 5, 2021 after our live event.  We are hosting a Facebook Live event on January 5, 2021 at 11am to walk families through our application.  If you can’t join at that time, you can watch the live video at your convenience.  We can’t wait to meet our new children and families for the 2021-2022 school year.

How Are We Doing? Take This Survey to Let Us Know.

Posted on: November 5th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

The Partnership for Children of Guilford County is conducting a survey around our Community Outreach efforts in Guilford County. If you would, please help us by completing this survey which has 5 questions. Your feedback is extremely valuable in helping us determine our programming and outreach for future initiatives. Thank you for your support!

Or use the QR code below. 

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Attention Parents! NC Pre-K Update

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

NC Pre-K applications may be mailed to 500 W. Friendly Avenue, Suite #100, Greensboro, NC 27401, dropped off in our drop box at the same address M-F from 8:00am-5:00pm, or you can fill out an online application here

To fill out the online application you will need a Gmail account to complete this application online. If you don’t have a Gmail account, you may create one or complete a paper application. If you have any questions, please email We will also keep families updated as to when we are able to resume screenings.  Please email Brenda Mathis at the email above with any questions, or for assistance in completing your child’s application.

We understand that our parents may have questions regarding NC Pre-K for the 2020-2021 School Year. Would you like to ask us a question? Please visit our website at: and you will have your question answered directly by our NC Pre-K Team! Just look for the questionnaire at the bottom of the page.

For regular updates, be sure to check back frequently.   You may also follow us on social media @GuilfordKids. Thank you and stay safe.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is Here And Available to all zip codes in Guilford County!!!

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

FREE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN BIRTH TO FIVE!  Do you want to enroll your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Visit and click on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. There, you will find the link to enroll. Your child will be thrilled to receive a book each month addressed directly to them!

Partnership Office Status

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

The Partnership for Children of Guilford County staff returned to the office on Monday, June 1st at 8:30am. Due to the continued concerns surrounding COVID-19 and for the safety of our staff and families served, the Partnership offices will remain closed to the public at this time. For a Partnership staff list on whom you may contact via email, please visit our Staff Page.

Request for Proposals FY2021-2022 and FY2022-2023

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

The Guilford County Partnership for Children, Inc. (GCPC) is seeking qualified organizations with expertise in early childhood to support our local community with evidence based or evidence informed services for children birth to five and their families. 

RFA Release Date:  November 9, 2020
Bidders’ Conference:November 9, 2020 – 9:00 Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 820 2682 6549   Find your local number:
Submit Questions to:Susan Brady
Deadline to submit questions:December 7, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Proposals:Monday, December 14, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Electronic Submission to:Attention: Susan Brady
Applicant presentations to grant review committee:  January 11, 2021 – Times TBD
Grant Award notices:March 16, 2021

Applications should be submitted in electronic format no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday December 14, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted.



Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that every young child living in North Carolina enters school healthy and ready to succeed.  The Guilford County Partnership for Children is the local non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds in Guilford County.  We collaborate with existing programs and support the creation of new ones to measurably strengthen families and improve the lives of children.

Purpose of the Request

Experiences during early childhood literally shape the structure of an individual’s brain. Because today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders everyone has a stake in making sure that all children have the experiences they need to thrive. Providing support to the programs and people who are involved in a young child’s life—families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers, and many others is a way to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development. 

GCPC has identified Guilford County’s Early Childhood community needs as: 

  • Early Care and Education – Quality and Workforce:  Increasing the quality of infant/toddler early care and education. (Roughly 36% of our County’s infants and toddlers do NOT receive high quality early care.)
  • Family Support:  Family-focused programs that improve parenting and promote involvement.  Some ways these can help ensure children’s success are, parent education programs that give parents tools to increase their knowledge of early childhood development and positive parenting practices, as well as home visiting programs to help new parents and parents-to-be by providing education, information and resources.     
  • Health:  Increasing prenatal and infant/toddler access to healthcare and working with providers, health departments, families, and communities to improve the health and safety for young children (28% of children in Guilford County enrolled in Medicaid are NOT receiving well-child visits), increase healthy weight (33% ) of Guilford children are NOT at a healthy weight), and ensure that more children are screened for developmental delays and referred to services for help before they start school.
  • Kindergarten Readiness:  Academic and social-emotional readiness including but not limited to expansion of early literacy programs. 

Guilford County Partnership for Children is seeking proposals from programs that are interested in providing services that support the quality and availability of early childhood services that address the needs of children from pre-natal to age five, their families and/or caregivers.  GCPC’s funding priorities include interventions that address the following:

  • pre-natal and infant/toddler needs including infant mortality, healthy birth weight and quality care
  • increasing children’s healthy weight and well-child checkups
  • home visiting programs that focus on parent child relationships
  • promoting social and emotional wellness,
  • educating everyone on the importance of early brain development
  • literacy programs that will assist in increasing pre-literacy skills

Supplemental Links

Smart Start EB/EI Ratings Guide

Guilford Early Childhood Profile

Scoring Rubric

FAQ updated 11/24/2020

October Virtual Programing Masterlist

Posted on: November 3rd, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

October was a busy month for the Partnership and to make it easier for everyone we’ve collected all the links here in one place.

We hope you enjoyed our virtual programming!

500 W. Friendly Ave. Suite 100 · Greensboro, NC · 27401

We are now accepting NC Pre-K Applications for 2021-2022. Find the Packet Here!