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NC Pre-K Specialist Appointments Available Week of Jun 15, 2020

Posted on: June 11th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

We are excited to offer our NC Pre-K families the opportunity to speak one on one with a NC PreK Specialist.  If you haven’t completed your child’s NC Pre-K application and have questions, we are now available for phone appointments.  The days will vary depending on staff schedules.

For the week of June 15, 2020:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020  Dee is available from 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Brenda is available from 12pm to 2pm

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Donna is available from 9am to 11am

Please email the NC PreK Specialist to set up your phone appointment. 

Dee –

Brenda –

Donna –

It Takes a Special Person to Be a Teacher

Posted on: January 16th, 2020 by Kim Radcliffe

The NC Pre-K Program is a wonderful chance for children to get ready for Kindergarten.  We reached out to one of our NC Pre-K Lead Teachers, Sharron Hylton, to find out why she became a teacher, what makes the NC Pre-K Program great to her, and any advice she wanted to share with families.

Why I teach

“Be who you needed when you were younger.” -Ayesha Siddiqi

Early Childhood is my passion and I love providing a safe environment where children feel encouraged to explore.  The field of Early Childhood has great teachers; I am excited to be an educator working for a high quality program. I like to collaborate with families and children to create a positive school culture. As an educator I hold myself to high standards and I strive to provide children with developmentally and culturally appropriate activities that will scaffold their learning.  I value building connections with children and families and enjoy watching each child grow to be successful.  One of my favorite things is to hear from families, after they have graduated from my class, about how well their child is doing in Elementary School.

Why I believe the NC Pre-K program is great

I believe every child and family deserves a free high-quality, safe, nurturing preschool experience. NC Pre-K is a program that wants to build a foundation for the special child in your life to be a lifelong learner.  Before age five a child’s brain is developing faster than any other time in their life, and attending a quality Pre-K program leads them to future success.  Studies show that children who have attended Pre-K have better outcomes (graduate high school, attend college, higher salaries)in life.

Advice for families who want to prepare their children for NC Pre-K

The most important thing they can do to prepare is to fill out their child’s application for NC Pre-K.  Your child will also need a physical.  What does your child need to know before starting Pre-K?  I would tell all families that there are no educational requirements in order for their child to start. You will be surprised at everything they will learn the first month of school.  Be willing to collaborate with your child’s teacher. You know your child better than anyone, and a good teacher wants to get to know your child and appreciates your feedback.  I also want to assure families that your child will have a teacher that will keep them safe.

Sharron Hylton
NC Pre-K Lead Teacher
Hayes-Taylor YMCA Pre-K

We would like to thank Sharron for sharing her time and perspective.  To our families preparing for NC Pre-K, we are looking forward to working with you!

All About NC Pre-K Applications

Posted on: December 18th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

With the 2020-2021 NC Pre-K Application now available on our website we went to the NC Pre-K Director to find out what families need to know about filling out the application.

The 2020-2021 NC Pre-K application season begins on January 6, 2020!  Your child must be four years old by August 31, 2020 to be eligible.  These are the documents to submit with your child’s application:  proof of income, proof of birth, and proof of address.  If any of the following apply, you will need to submit documents for these factors too. If your child has a chronic health condition, submit a doctor’s note or a medical record stating the health condition is chronic.  If your child has an educational or developmental need, submit their individual education plan, or, an evaluation stating the educational or developmental need, or their current goals for the service they are receiving.  If a parent is military, current active duty and serious injury or death resulting from military service you will need to submit military documentation.

NC Pre-K Specialists are available to assist you on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm.  Wednesdays and Fridays are drop-off days from 9am to 4pm. On drop-off days, please bring your child’s completed application and copies of all supporting documents.  We are not able to make copies on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Families may mail in their complete application and copies of the supporting documents to Partnership for Children of Guilford County, 500 W. Friendly Ave., Suite #100, Greensboro, NC 27401.

Feel free to call an NC Pre-K Specialist with any questions at (336) 274-5437 Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  We look forward to serving you and your child.

Board of Directors Spotlight

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

As a part of our getting to know our Board of Directors initiative, we recently asked our Vice Chair, Teresa Biffle, a few questions.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My family moved to Greensboro,  North Carolina in 1980 when my dad got a job transfer and I have stayed here since.  While I grew up thinking I was going to go into veterinary medicine, my interest in law enforcement began when I observed a thief in middle school and I was able to right a wrong by reporting the incident.  I joined the Greensboro Police Department in 1995 and in the 24 years serving have been able to work in patrol, investigations and training.  I am the proud parent of a 9 year old who teaches me patience on a daily basis.

Why did you join our board?

My name was suggested by a board member rolling off the board.  At the time I had a younger child and understood the developmental needs of the pre-K child.  I also had an understanding of the needs of our community and the obstacles in place that work against getting the support systems needed to the right communities.

What has been your favorite moment thus far as a board member?

Being able to see the work that goes into providing services for the families in our community.  You see the passion of the Guilford County Partnership for Children staff as they advocate for the funding and support of the various programs to work tirelessly for our community.

What have you learned from being on the board?

That it truly takes a village.  It is easy to forget how much decisions at the State level impact local programs until you have a seat at the table to see how each cog works to turn the other.

What would you say to anyone considering joining our board or one of the committees?

Serve… leave feeling good about the work being done and have a greater appreciation for those choosing to work as early educators.

What is your favorite children’s book?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

NC Shape Healthy Starts for Infants and Toddlers

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

Over $400,000 is going to communities across the state for Healthy Starts for Infants and Toddlers: Shape NC. The program is designed to promote nutrition and active learning through play with children ages birth to three years of age. The initiative will utilize a robust network of local experts to focus on child nutrition, physical activity, outdoor learning and breastfeeding/infant feeding. Guilford County was one of three counties selected to receive the grant. Five early childhood programs in Guilford County will receive grant funds and technical assistance for three years. The early childhood programs selected were:

Macedonia Head Start, High Point, NC

Shepherd’s Way Day School, Colfax, NC

UNCG Child Care Education Program, Greensboro, NC

Willow Oaks Early Head Start, Greensboro, NC

Wishview Children’s Center, Greensboro, NC

The program is funded by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) through the Child Care Development Fund. Guilford County Partnership for Children will receive $133,500 per year for three years to address healthy behaviors with children and families in the selected five early childhood programs.

Introducing Our Upcoming Board Chair

Posted on: June 5th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

As we prepare for the new fiscal year, we wanted to take a moment to let you get to know the wonderful woman who will be stepping up into the Board Chair position. Sandra Welch Boren is vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation.  She joined the Foundation in 2008, bringing 20 years of fundraising and foundation experience to the organization. She served as the program officer for the Cemala Foundation and, prior to that, was the associate director of the North Carolina Zoo Society, where she led fundraising activities.

Sandra earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree from High Point University.  She and her husband, Bud make their home in Greensboro with two rescued German Shepherd dogs (Chuck and Missy).  They have two grown daughters and three adorable grandchildren ages 9, 8 and 5. In her free time you can find Sandra on a bicycle, on a trail, or on a trip to anywhere she hasn’t been before!

She was gracious to take some time to answer a few questions for us.

What guided your decision to join our Board?

The Partnership for Children of Guilford County’s vision of each child entering school safe, healthy and ready to succeed along with a mission of supporting early learning and development to help children achieve better outcomes really spoke to me.  Couple that vision and mission with what we know about the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child’s life and it becomes clear that the Partnership has a big role to fill in our community.  We certainly have our challenges in Guilford County, but we also have an experienced, capable staff and our community is beginning to coalesce around the importance of investing in early childhood.  That’s a great combination and a wonderful opportunity.

Where do you see the Board and the Partnership heading in the coming years?

Partnership and possibility are our cornerstones.  There is a groundswell of work going on at the community level to improve the chances for EVERY child in Guilford County to succeed.  We have some great community partnerships that are essential for us achieve our mission.  That’s a powerful combination.  At the same time, we must maintain our flexibility (while staying true to our state mandate) and willingness to forge new partnerships.  I believe we will have some great opportunities in the coming years to invest and develop pathways that ensure the wellbeing of our youngest children are always a priority.

What would you say to anyone considering joining our board or one of the committees?

Dig in and learn from our staff and partners!   We need smart, passionate people at the table as we continue to build on a tradition of high-quality learning and development opportunities.

What is your favorite children’s book?

Without a doubt, my favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’s, Oh the Places You Will Go! This treasure of a book is filled with hope, possibility, and encouragement to try new things.  Its underlying message of taking chances and pushing past our comfort zone is what keeps life exciting.  Reading in general, and with my grandchildren specifically, is one the great joys of my life!

Helping Educators Be the Best!

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

Community Partner Feature

In our last Community Partner Feature, we showcased one of our Community Partners that supports families.  In this feature, we will be highlighting one of our Community Partners which supports our Early Childhood Educators in Guilford County! EQuIPD which stands for Education, Quality Improvement and Professional Development, was founded by Dr. Deborah J. Cassidy.  Dr. Cassidy had the vision to provide technical assistance differently to help make it more sustainable within early care and education programs.  The program was begun in July 2014.  EQuIPD will celebrate 5 years in July 2019! The EQuIPD program addresses a critical need in Guilford County–the improvement of quality in community child care settings. EQuIPD includes five interconnected domains. The activity provides services for family child care homes and child care centers including: 1) program enhancement through individual consultation, 2) community learning sessions, 3) workforce retention strategies, 4) peer mentoring, and 5) educational attainment and professional development. EQuIPD is a grant funded activity through the Partnership for Children of Guilford County (Smart Start) and is housed and supported by the Human Development and Family Studies Department at UNC-Greensboro.  EQuIPD has a staff of 6 who each have many years of working in early childhood in Guilford County, as well as across North Carolina.

EQuIPD’s mission is to nurture and empower early care and education professionals and programs with tools to support and sustain success. 

The program may work with a teacher on how to go back to school; a family child care provider on business practices; an ECE administrator on how to support the program through an assessment, and/or a classroom teacher on meeting the needs of the children. The program also provides professional learning sessions across the county, individualized peer mentoring and support for teachers, and works with directors on work environment issues like teachers being more involved in program-wide decision making.  EQuIPD provides a multifaceted approach to supporting and enhancing quality across a dynamic and complex child care system.

The following is one of EQuIPD’s success stories:

Robin was a protégé in the ASCEND Peer Mentoring cohort during the first year of EQuIPD (2014) which was also Robin’s first year of teaching.  For each ASCEND Peer Mentoring cohort, we pair newer teachers or family child care providers with accomplished teachers and providers and they work together on identified goals.  Over the year, we see both classrooms and individuals benefit and receive different support from the relationship and the professional development sessions that we provide.  At EQuIPD, we talk about Robin a lot because she is such a great example of our mission “to nurture and empower early care and education professionals and programs with tools to support and sustain success”.  Robin attended our first community learning event in 2014 and she was really sick with a bad cold but did not want to miss the day.  Whenever we visit her classroom, we see her implementing some of the things she has learned through the sessions she has attended with us.  She continues to grow and is currently in school to learn how to open a forest school for young children. She has started to implement some of these ideas and methods on outdoor learning in her current workplace.  At the ASCEND Peer Mentoring Focus Group in October, Robin said “there is no other organization or person that has poured more into me professionally than EQuIPD.  I look for events that have EQuIPD because I know I will learn something and they will be amazing. I know you are supporting me and proud of my work”. Robin has applied to be a mentor this year instead of a protégé and we are thrilled to see her continue to grow in her teaching with our support. 

To find out more information about the EQuIPD program, please visit:, or call (336) 315-7768.  You may also reach us at:

Requests for Proposals

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

Contracted Services RFP Package – 2019-2020

Kids Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

Community Partner Feature

Who They Are

One of our community partners is Healthy Start, a program offered through Family Service of the Piedmont. It is a home-based support program that works with pregnant women and new parents with stress factors that make parenting an even tougher job. Healthy Start home visitors help parents to nurture their children’s development and create a positive living environment for their families.  In addition, the program provides parenting support, education, and optional in-home counseling to pregnant women and new parents to reduce the potential of child abuse and neglect.  Services are free, the program offers two parent workshops a year and provides diapers to clients monthly, as available.  They can refer families to intra-agency programs at Family Service of the Piedmont to assist with family needs.

What They Do

Healthy Start is here for any caregiver to a child residing in Guilford County that would like to increase their parenting knowledge and receive additional support.  Their goal is to increase parental knowledge, foster attachment and bonding, prepare for school readiness, prevent child abuse and neglect and help parents achieve their important life goals and learn new coping skills. 

We asked them to share one of their successes with us.

“Parent D was referred to Healthy Start indicating parent was in need of assistance with bonding and parenting skills. The Parent reported challenges with child attachment and bonding, due to depressive moods. Also reported by the parent was that they grew up in foster care not having a support system.

“The Caseworker engaged the parent in case management, parenting education, and encouraged bonding activities with the child during home visits. Throughout the course of service, Parent D was presented with a peek-a-boo activity. Parent D expressed the child would only complete the activity with a blanket, as opposed to her hands, as the activity suggested.

“In the past, the parent would have given up the activity; becoming frustrated the child was not completing the activity as suggested. Parent D was encouraged to continue working with the child providing praise when the child did something favorable. At the following visit, Parent D disclosed that the child had successfully learned how to play peek-a-boo with her hands, along with learning to walk several feet at a time. Parent D has been implementing the in-home child development activities presented by the Caseworker using the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum and Ages and Stages Questionnaires. Parent is receiving therapy to assist with depressive symptoms and is working through barriers to foster healthy parent/child interaction.”

You can contact Healthy Start via their Program Manager:
Kristy Shoffner
PH (336)387-6161 ext. 2288
Fax (336)387-9167

Board of Directors Spotlight

Posted on: by Kim Radcliffe

Meet Our Board Chair

The work that we do, would be impossible without the support of our Board of Directors.  Here, we would like to recognize our Board Chair, JoAnn Currie.  Due to changes in our organizational by-laws, we have been fortunate enough to have JoAnn as our Board Chair longer than any of her predecessors. 

Bringing it Back to the Community

A native of Greensboro, she always wanted to be a teacher or a nurse growing up. When she graduated from Grimsley High School, she attended Appalachian State University and majored in Special Education with a minor in dance.  

Doing it for the Kids

JoAnn soon found herself working at the Kendall Center with the Kendall Infant Toddler Demonstration Project, which she loved and worked there for eight years.  At which time, she began to work with Greensboro City Schools to start the preschool handicapped program which became the Exceptional Children’s Preschool Program.  In 2013, she retired from the school system, and that year she was also recruited for the Partnership’s board.

We sat down with JoAnn to ask her a few questions.

Partnership:  You’ve served a longer term as Board Chair than anyone before you. How has that unique experience been?

JoAnn: It’s definitely been a learning curve.  When I came on as Vice Chair, the Partnership was in flux with organizational changes.  I was working through that with the then Board Chair while still trying to figure things out, having only been on the board 2 years.  It felt like I was still learning.  Now I feel more confident and have grown and learned with this experience.  It has also been a joy seeing the staff that were working at the Partnership at that time and how they stuck with it and kept their passion and dedication for our young children. 

P:  What has been your favorite moment as a board member?

J:  Having the community partners present and bring us those real-life stories.  When I’ve been able to be around families or children, or in a classroom, that the Partnership has touched and made a big difference, a real qualitative difference, in people’s lives that… probably is my favorite part. 

P:  What would you say you are most proud of during your time on the board?

J:  Seeing how people come together for a common cause or common love.  From board members rolling off but still staying involved, to the excitement of new board members coming in, seeing staff grow in their positions.  The whole dynamic of people from all walks of life coming together for the good of our children.  

P:  If someone was considering joining our board or one of our committees, what would you say to them?

J: Jump right in, baby!  There are so many needs of families and children that if you have an interest in helping that is a way that directly impacts people, by giving of your time and your talent. 

P:  What is your favorite children’s book?

J:  Thinking back on the books that I enjoyed and my children enjoyed, two kind of came to mind.  I tend to like whimsical books, because whimsy shows creativity and imagination.  If you can imagine something then you can be it.  So, one book I just loved was “The Napping House”, just for the rhythm of the words and the whimsy of the illustrations.  And then “Where the Wild Things Are” because that to me shows imagination, a mother’s unconditional love, and acceptance. 

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

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