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Celebrating 20 Years


Letter from Leadership Durham’s Partnership for Children is 20 years old. As we celebrate two decades of preparing Durham’s children to succeed, it is both humbling and inspiring to know that we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us so that we can see to a farther horizon. Perhaps at no other time in our history has our mission been more critical. Funding is at an all-time low, but a child only has one chance at childhood. There is no time to wait. Now is when we must dig deeper, be more creative, develop innovative collaborations, bring new voices to the movement, and strengthen our own resolve in order to continue serving the more than 23,000 children birth to age 5 in Durham. We received the GSK IMPACT Award this year, a perfect capstone to our first 20 years. This prestigious award recognizes our achievements in building a healthier community through our Innovative, Measured, Partnered,

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Accountable, Collaborative and Transformative work, all of which is featured in this report. We are so proud to serve as the convener and facilitator of Durham’s early childhood system. We are your Partnership. We don’t just operate in Durham, we belong to Durham. Everything that has been accomplished during our first 20 years is a testament to Durham’s spirit of collaboration. Thank you for helping us celebrate our past, look forward to our future, and continue building the resources for the best investment we can possibly make: our young children and their families.


Linzie B. Atkins, III

Board Chair

Laura J.S. Benson

Executive Director

Transition to Kindergarten Initiative Durham Touchpoints Collaborative Our Financials Our Contributors Volunteers & Board Leadership Staff & Consultants

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Top: Linzie Atkins Bottom: Laura Benson, Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Celebrating 20 years

of preparing our children to succeed


On April 23, 2015, community supporters, current and former Board members and staff, funded partners, collaborating organizations, local leaders, sponsors, and volunteers gathered at the Museum of Life and Science for our 20th Anniversary Celebration: Kids Rock! The event honored the comprehensive system that has evolved from the early days of Smart Start, as we celebrated our past achievements and looked ahead to our future with powerful testimonials, inspiring entertainment, and a shared sense of community.

Thank you for investing in Durham’s future and sharing in the vision, passion and commitment to help lead us through the next 20 years.

Clockwise from top left: Bill Shore, Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., Laura Benson; Dr. Karen Appleyard Carmody, Elisabeth Hargrove (CCFH); Jenny Grant, Lori Jones Gibbs (PNC Bank); Karen O’Mansky, Andy Barron; Kara Turner and Primary Colors Early Learning Center staff; George Horton, Dr. PhailWynn, Jr.


Smart Start

The Partnership works alongside and invests in highquality programs by awarding state-funded Smart Start grants to community organizations. All funded partners provide evidence-based/evidence-informed services that are monitored and evaluated to ensure a powerful impact on:

EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION Child Care Services Association:

Child Care Referral Program School Readiness Quality Enhancement School Readiness Quality Maintenance Smart Start Child Care Scholarship Program WAGE$速

Communities in Schools of Durham: Incredible Years - Teacher Classroom Management Program

HEALTH & FAMILY SUPPORT Center for Child & Family Health: Healthy Families Durham

Durham County Cooperative Extension: Welcome Baby Family Resource Center

El Centro Hispano, Inc.: Family Support Program

Exchange Family Center: Early Childhood Outreach (EChO) Project 4

Supporting Families Improving Quality Expanding Access


of literacy program participants read more to their children. 303 parents received home visiting services or attended parenting education classes and support groups.


of all regulated child care facilities (158 out of 333) received services to improve the quality of care and support early childhood educators.


of all children birth to 5 enrolled in licensed child care (4,904 out of 6,584) benefited from Partnership programs.


of school readiness outcomes were achieved by Smart Start programs.

Durham Early Head Start

“I want what every parent wants:


Total enrollment. 100% of children showed growth across all domains of school readiness.

Durham Early Head Start is a federally-funded child development and family support program for low-income expectant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three.

All families receive high-quality, comprehensive services, including: education; health, dental, and nutritional aid; housing assistance and parent education; mental health screenings; and early intervention.


children in center-based care.


children served through home visiting.

“I want her to grow, have friends, and be happy. I see all the benefits that she is getting from being in the program, and it allows me to work, to continue going to school, and to be an important voice in my community.� - Durham Early Head Start parent 5

NC Pre-Kindergarten

A QUALITY INVESTMENT The NC Pre-K program is offered in high-quality classrooms to 4-year-olds who will benefit most from services.


of classrooms are in 4- or 5-star facilities.


of children live in low-income households (below 200% Federal Poverty Level).


of children received a developmental screening to identify support services needed to achieve school readiness.

NC Pre-K served 464 children in 11 classrooms in Durham Public Schools, 4 Durham Head Start classrooms, and 19 private child care centers.

The statewide NC Pre-Kindergarten initiative prepares eligible 4-year-olds for school by providing high-quality early education in both public and private settings.The Partnership administers the NC Pre-K program in Durham County and leads a universal application process with six collaborative agencies to serve and assist families throughout the community. 6

Transition to Kindergarten Initiative

Entering kindergarten is one of the most significant events in a young child’s life, as it sets the tone for his or her entire educational experience.The TTK Initiative, a collaboration with Durham Public Schools, builds connections that prepare children to enter kindergarten feeling excited, ready to learn, and supported by their schools, families and community.


of families who attended TTK events agreed that the activities helped them feel more comfortable about their children starting kindergarten.

1,725 registration packets were distributed during Kindergarten Registration

Week through volunteers, local businesses, child care centers, schools, and partner agencies.

2,000 Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits containing school readiness materials were assembled and distributed by hundreds of volunteers.


of the estimated rising classes at 6 schools with Transition Teams attended at least one transition event before the first day of school.


Durham Touchpoints Collaborative The Durham TouchpointsTM Collaborative brings together providers from across disciplines to strengthen relationships and provide a common language and approach to working with families during child development milestones. Since the launch of the Collaborative in 2013:


providers and leaders from

organizations in Durham 16 service completed training.

completed additional training 10 practitioners and comprise the certified training team. More than

2,000 families received services

from Touchpoints-trained practitioners.

Strengthening Relationships Parent






“The Durham Touchpoints Collaborative is a model for the integration of the Touchpoints Approach in a community. It represents all that evaluation has told us about building a comprehensive system of care. We describe the Durham Site as the way to support community change for the best outcomes for children.� -Dr. Ann Stadtler Director of Touchpoints Site Development & Training Brazelton Touchpoints Center 8

our financials

Statement of Receipts, Expenditures and Net Assets (unaudited) for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Receipts

Smart Start Grant $5,041,857 NC Pre-K Grant $1,882,817 Early Head Start Grant $1,881,087 Private Grants and Donations $212,580 Multi Partnership Accounting and Contracting Grant $18,758 Special Fundraising Events $16,913 Local Grants $13,310 Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant $1,170 Sales Tax Refunds $2,006 Program Income $866

Total Receipts

Child Care Services Association WAGE$ Program


Total Funds Administered*



State Contracts

Child Care Services Association WAGE$ Program $619,144

Total Contracts $619,144

Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Receipts

Private Contributions $229,493/ 2.53%

Federal Awards $ 1,882,257 / 21%


Personnel and Contracted Services $867,158 Non-Fixed Operating Expenses $115,779 Fixed Charges $52,680 Supplies and Materials $21,524 Property and Equipment $4,774 Services/Contracts/Grants $8,167,173

Total Expenditures


Excess of Receipts Over Expenditures Net Assets at Beginning of Year

Net Assets at End of Year

($157,724) $712,938


Net Assets Consisted of:

Cash on Deposit


* Note: During FY14-15, the NC Partnership for Children and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) entered into a contract with and made payments to a service provider selected by Durham’s Partnership for Children. This service provider contract is not reflected in actual receipts, but is administered by the Partnership. A summary of this contract entered into by the NC Partnership for Children and DHHS is presented at left.

Local Awards $13,310 / .15% Sales Tax Refunds and Interest Income $2,872 / .03%

NC Pre-K Grant $1,882,817 / 21% Smart Start and Accounting Grant $5,060,615 / 56%


our donors Thank you to the following individuals, corporations and organizations that so generously support our mission! Individuals Alicia Adrian Susan Armstrong Bob Ashley Linzie & Marva Atkins Uzoma Ayogu Tammy Baggett Phyllis Barbour Jenna & Niles Barnes Marsha Basloe* Myra Beatty Robert & Barbara Bell Laura Benson & Walt Sliva Brenda Berlin Kenya Beyah-Murphy Leigh & Clay Bordley Sam & Nancye Bryan Deborah Bryson George Busch Thomas & Marjorie Busch Mariana Byrd Danielle Caldwell Dale & Mary Carey Christie Cavanaugh Lewis Cheek Karen & Gary Childers Douglas Cook Drew & Amy Cummings Richard Dansky Leigh Ann Dasher Terry David Wade Davis Donna Deal* Judith Dearlove* Deborah Dobbins Karen Dunn Krissy Dunn Michael Durbin Sarah Dwyer Elaine Erteschik Nathan & Ann Erteschik Lori Etter Susan Finer Alexandra Forter-Sirota Nnenna Freelon Barker & Cavett French James & Carla Fryling Keisha Gaither Edward & Denise Garner Roderick & Barbara Gerwe Shannon Gigliotti Sue Gilbertson Robin Gillespie Robert Gofourth Anthony & Kathy Grassia Alan & Deborah Gray Edith Greene Joseph Haenn 10

Sue Hamill Patrick Hannah Thomas Harris Ingram & Marilyn Hedgpeth Christiaan & Linzy Heijmen Jane Hewitt George Horton Greg & Kim Howes Monica Hunter Wendy Jacobs Courtney James Joy Javits Stewart Bruce & Barbara Jentleson Dwan & Brandon Jones Jordan & Elizabeth Jones Peter Kasbohm Keeva & Lauren Kase Richard Keeter Carol Kennedy Joseph Kennedy Tina Kidwell Donna King Eric Knight Carolyn Kroll Ram Kumar Anissa Litwin William & Pebbles Lucas Taurean McClain William & Vangie McDonnell Matthew McDowell Ellen McGeorge Ari & Diana Medoff Mary Grace Miller Dalphia Murphy Steve & Jenna Nelson Douglas Odom Karen O’Mansky & Andy Barron Sol Osterkatz Michael Page Rhonda Parker Andrew & Dinah Parker Nancy Peck Patricia Peterson & Douglas Young Bepi Pinner Catherine & Joach Pleil Karen Ponder Pamela Powell Beatrice Powell Ellen & Kenneth Reckhow Charles Reece Clare Reece-Glore David Reese Shamieka Rhinehart Seronda Robinson Daniel Robinson & Cathy Collie Steve Schewel Delphine Sellars Harold Sellars

Bill Shore Chris & Belinda Sliva Katharine Smith Amanda Smith Joy & Bob Sotolongo* Don Southworth Keith Spring John Stephens Laura Stephenson Ann Stock Ashley Taylor Clarke Thacher Steve & Sandra Toler Meredith Tozzer Kara & Kenny Turner Meg Van Voorhis Barbara & Rob VanDewoestine Josh Walters Ruth Walters Angie Welsh Ted & Jennifer Whiteside Jan & Mel Williams* Pamela Winton Corlis Wood Kathryn Wyatt Stacy & Mark Yusko Josh Zukerman Tributes Patricia Bracken (In honor of Jim & Mindy Stubley) Trisha Cassidy & Andrew Wycislak (In memory of Howard Benson) Linda Chappel (In honor of the Frasier Family) David Covington (In honor of Dan Hudgins) John & Anne Hodges-Copple (In honor of Brandon Douglas) Kelly McGowan (In honor of the Durham Mother’s Club) Kaye Merrell (In memory of Rebecca Pattishall) Peter Nickerson (In memory of Rebecca Pattishall) Businesses, Foundations, Grants & Organizations Aetna Foundation AmazonSmile AT&T (Employee Campaign) Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Canvas on Demand Chapel Hill Training - Outreach Project, Inc. (In memory of Rebecca Pattishall & Marion Gilbertson) Chevron (Employee Campaign) DTW Architects & Planners*

Duke University’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs Durham County Durham Public Schools Liberty Mutual Foundation GlaxoSmithKline IBM (Employee Campaign) MasterCard International, Inc. Mechanics and Farmers Bank Morgan Creek Foundation NC Division of Child Development and Early Education Nurse Care of North Carolina Oak Foundation Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church Office of Head Start Pleil Family Giving Fund of Triangle Community Foundation PNC Grow Up Great Prevent Child Abuse, NC, Inc. Primary Colors Early Learning Center North Carolina Partnership for Children The Parker Foundation Triangle Business Systems Triangle Day Care Center Watts Street Baptist Church In-Kind Contributions American Party Rentals Barrister & Brewer Bruegger’s Bagels Bull City Burger & Brewery Dame’s Chicken and Waffles DenTek Oral Care, Inc. Dr. Gary Hill Pediatric Dentistry Fullsteam Brewery Justin Cook Photography Kaplan Early Learning Company Mateo Bar de Tapas Micro Medic, Inc. Monuts Donuts Mutual Distributing Company Rockwood Furniture Sal’s Pizza Telepathic Graphics The Cupcake Bar The Herald-Sun Videoso Studios *Gifts given in honor of Carolyn Kroll This list represents gifts made to the Partnership between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. While we make every effort to be accurate and thorough, it is possible to omit or misspell a name accidentally. Please call 919.403.6960 with any corrections.

Volunteer Spotlight Windsor Circle, a local e-commerce technology company, has made a commitment to giving back to the Durham community by focusing on early childhood education through volunteerism and by offering their professional insight and expertise. Whether they’re building Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits for rising kindergartners, performing administrative tasks to assist Partnership staff, or digging in the dirt to make sure Durham Early Head Start children have a beautiful place to learn and play, Windsor Circle employees are enthusiastic, engaged and always ready to get their hands dirty for a good cause. We’re proud to call them our friends and partners in this important work. Thank you!

BOARD LEADERSHIP LaDonna Allison Community Volunteer

Patrick Hannah, J.D. Liberty Mutual

James Spencer Local Interagency Coordinating Council

Bob Ashley The Herald-Sun

Gayle Harris Durham County Dept of Public Health

Ashley Taylor United Way of the Greater Triangle

Linzie Atkins, Chair Department of Commerce

Keeva Kase Bull City Forward

Kara Turner Primary Colors Early Learning Center

Tammy Baggett Durham County Library

Mike Lee DPS Board of Education

Barbara VanDewoestine Community Volunteer

Michael Becketts Durham County Social Services

Karen O’Mansky, Treasurer Self-Help

Brenda Berlin, J.D. Duke Children’s Law Clinic

John McCain Durham Public Schools

Leigh Bordley DPS Board of Education

Michael Page Durham County Commissioner

Ilene Britt, Secretary Durham Technical Comm.College

Dinah Parker Another Beautiful Beginnings

Danielle Caldwell The Children’s Room Child Care Home

Rhonda Parker Durham Parks & Recreation

Linda Chappel, Ed.D. Child Care Services Association

Joanne Pierce Durham County Dept of Public Health

Cathy Collie Early Childhood Educator

David Reese East Durham Children’s Initiative

David Covington Local Interagency Council

Daniel Robinson Atlantic Regional Center for Foreign Investment

Drew Cummings Durham County Government Terry David Durham Head Start Teresa Daye, Ph.D. Durham Public Schools

Delphine Sellars Durham County Cooperative Extension Joy Sotolongo Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina

This list represents all board members who served during FY 2014-15.

This year, two members of our Durham early childhood family passed away: Dr. Joseph Haenn (Board Member 2003-2012) and Dinah Parker (Board Member 2012-2015). We are deeply saddened by the loss of our advocates, colleagues, and friends and recognize the impact of their leadership in Durham. 11

To ensure every child in Durham enters school ready to succeed, we lead community strategies for children birth to age 5 and their families that promote healthy development and learning and enhance access to high quality care.


Raquel Abad Contract NC Pre-K Program Assistant Laura Benson Executive Director Tina Bernardoni (Through Jan. 2015) Contracts & Accounting Manager Wren Davisson Program Coordinator Krissy Dunn (Through Feb. 2015) Operations & Volunteer Coordinator Mary Jane Dunn (Beginning June 2015) Contracts & Accounting Coordinator Elaine Erteschik Communications Manager Sue Gilbertson Program and Evaluation Director Megan Gray Program Coordinator

Danielle Johnson NC Pre-K Program Manager Mae Karim Contract Bookkeeper Davida Major (Beginning March 2015) Operations & Volunteer Coordinator Winnie Morgan Contract Faith Initiative Coordinator Yalitza Ramos Program Coordinator Sandra Roberts Finance Director Paulette Stephens Touchpoints Coordinator Jameka Wells NC Pre-K Program Specialist Ted Whiteside Development Manager Staff listing as of June 2015

Durham’s Partnership for Children


Jullian Goncalves Kate Steber

Cover and photos on pp. 5-6 by Eric Atkinson Photos on pp. 2-3 by Justin Cook


A Smart Start Initiative

Jim and Carolyn Hunt Child Care Resource Center 1201 S. Briggs Ave. Suite 210, Durham, NC 27703 919.403.6960 (p) 919.403.6963 (f) www.dpfc.net


Brazelton Touchpoints Center Carolina Human Resources Compass Evaluation & Research Helene Montgomery Ken Smythe-Leistico M&M Staffing



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