Volume 5, Issue 2                     Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County                          Winter 2019-20   
534 Ananias Dare Street, Manteo, NC 27954                  (252)441-0614 

Happy Holidays from the Board & Staff of CYP!
For 25 years, Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) has been serving the Dare County community, providing much-needed services to support children, youth, and families. Those programs would not have been possible without the support of the kind and compassionate community in which we live. Thank you to all of our community partners for helping ensure that our children, youth, and families all thrive!

Early Childhood Action Plan to Guide Next Steps
To support communities in improving outcomes for young children and families, the NC Department of Health & Human Services has released county data for the ten goals and more than 50 measures that are part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan.

The NC Early Childhood Action Plan was launched in February 2019 by Governor Roy Cooper, created with input from more than 1,500 North Carolinians. It provides a framework to measurably improve outcomes by 2025 for children from birth through age eight, driving the state toward a vision where young children are healthier, safer and thriving. The most rapid period of development in human life happens from birth through age eight. Children’s earliest experiences are built into their bodies — shaping the brain’s architecture and creating the foundation for future health and learning.

The Early Childhood Action Plan County Data Reports, released for all 100 NC counties, cover issues such as infant mortality, food and housing security, emergency room visits, child health, foster care, early learning and early literacy. These Data Reports are a resource for communities to create aligned action to support children’s healthy development. Each report includes data disaggregated by age, race, ethnicity and geography. A recent report by the University of North Carolina’s Jordan Institute for Families called on the state to increase access to and transparency of early childhood data. The Early Childhood Action Plan County Data Reports are one response to that recommendation. Additionally, state-level early childhood data is available through an online data dashboard, launched earlier in the year.

CYP Board and staff will gather for a retreat in late January to discuss this and other critical data that will help inform its strategic planning process for 2021-2025. They will develop a plan to engage diverse perspectives to better understand the early childhood data made accessible through the county data reports. “The reports provide a snapshot of how our children are doing, but not the root causes behind what is driving the data,” said Rebecca Planchard, DHHS’ Senior Early Childhood Policy Advisor. “Data is a helpful and important springboard to engage our communities, ask questions and work together to support our children and families.”  
Click here to view Early Childhood Action Plan data by county.

Play, Exploration, and Learning: A Recipe for Success
CYP's Explore to Learn Playgroup only began meeting in August, but already 58 children ages 0-5 and their caregivers have been able to join us for play, learning, and exploration! Together we have explored topics such as Playing with Friends, The Amazing Brain!, Hop, Jump, and Run: Supporting Gross Motor Skills Development, and Meal Time: Turning Routine Activities into Learning Moments. 

Feedback from caregivers about the group has been very positive. One caregiver noted, “[My child] is learning to share with others. He is learning how to play with kids of all ages.”  

This FREE playgroup meets on the first and third Friday of the month and pre-registration is required. Join us as we Explore to Learn at CYP!

Together, We are the Medicine!
Children & Youth Partnership serves as the backbone organization of Be Resilient OBX, a local “collaboration of collaboratives” working together to build a Community Resiliency Model that will have a collective impact on many health and well-being issues in Dare County. Last month our county commissioners adopted a Resolution Supporting Building Community Resilience in Dare County.

One activity that helps build community resilience is providing small-group showings of the special award-winning documentary feature Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. The film delves into the science behind adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the havoc the syndrome can wreak on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, depression, substance abuse and other lifelong effects on health and behavior. The film also examines how the toxic stress produced
by ACEs also creates long-term impact on our communities.

But that’s not the end of the story. Research provides evidence that children’s positive experiences and relationships with caring adults are vital to forming a strong foundation for their healthy development and provide a powerful antidote to the effects of ACEs and toxic stress. As several participants in Be Resilient OBX heard when attending the 2019 Southeastern ACEs Summit in Asheville a few weeks ago, “We are the Medicine!” As we invest upstream in programs, strategies and policies that build supportive communities and strengthen families, we work to build safe, stable, nurturing environments that have a lasting impact.

Viewing the film provides an opportunity to learn about and engage in becoming connections to build resilience in children. We encourage all adults to learn more about how they can help build community resilience and to consider ways they can be a caring connection for children. To arrange for a private showing of the documentary and a facilitated discussion, please contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County.

CYP's Family Literacy Program Seeks Tutors
Click here complete the Family Literacy Program's Volunteer Application.

Subamos a la ola juntos! Riding the wave together!
Sea Change Partnership is reaching out to our community via our new YouTube Channel ---Sea Change OBX! Our bilingual platform is designed to inform and educate the OBX community on relevant and timely topics that impact Dare County families and individuals. Tune in to meet our "voices for change" -- Daniel and Judith. Check us out on our Sea Change Partnership Facebook page to stay updated and engaged with our current and future projects. "Subscribe," "Like," and "Follow" us!

Sea Change Partnership's adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes begin January 14, 2020 and are located in the new Outer Banks Hotline offices at 100 East Dunn St. in Nags Head. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 7:00pm-8:00pm. We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. Please help us to spread the word! Sea Change Partnership operates under the fiscal umbrella of CYP.                                            
Click here to visit the Sea Change OBX Youtube Channel.

Don't Forget to Start with a Smile!
Whenever shopping on Amazon, begin your shopping journey at smile.amazon.com and select Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County as the organization you choose to support. Then, after completing your shopping, a portion of your purchases will be given back to CYP at no additional cost to you!

Our Generous Community 
Several of the programs and services provided by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County would not be possible without the support of our community. CYP is honored to be connected to so many local businesses, organizations, and individuals who have donated to our organization!

Special thanks to the donors and sponsors who have supported CYP since the last edition of Dare Kids Connection! 

Amazon Smile
Domino's Pizza
North Carolina Community Foundation- Currituck-Dare Women's Gift Fund
OneBoat/Outer Banks This Week
The Outer Banks Hospital
Outer Banks Seafood Festival
Pay Pal Giving Fund
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks

And the numerous individuals whose donations have also made a signficant difference!
Click here to learn more about CYP's amazing and generous sponsors.

Through the generosity of our local community, Children & Youth Partnership is able to better serve its mission of connecting all children, adolescents, and families with programs and partnerships to ensure they have what they need to thrive.

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