Mayor Bill Bell and Durham City Council members have been working to make Durham a “City of Learners” by focusing on the early education of Durham’s youngest residents – and we want you to help us say thank you! MomsRising and the Partnership, along with Durham moms and dads, will be presenting them with a giant thank-you card signed by parents and young children. Please join us at the next City Council meeting and thank them for their efforts:
Monday, October 17
City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza
Mayor Bell worked with the City Council to pass a resolution supporting the creation of a task force to explore expanded access to high-quality pre-kindergarten with the long-term goal of establishing universal pre-k in Durham.
To draw attention to the importance of early childhood education and literacy, Mayor Bell also reads to children enrolled in high-quality child care centers every year during the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and facilitated locally by the Partnership. Numerous City employees also support the early childhood system by serving on our Board of Directors and Committees.
Mayor Bell is featured in the Strong Start for Strong Cities guide, a city resource created by MomsRising in partnership with the National League of Cities and School Readiness Consulting, that includes proven best practices, stories from families, and tools for advancing high-quality early learning at the city and municipal level. MomsRising and the National League of Cities are sharing the guide with city leaders across the nation to help inspire them to make affordable, quality early learning programs, like pre-k and childcare, a top priority.
MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. We are proud to call them a partner in our work to prepare Durham’s children to succeed!