Partnership receives grant for Transition to Kindergarten Initiative
Posted on 01.09.2014, Thursday

We’re happy to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant for the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative from the Community Care Fund of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Campaign, coordinated by Duke University’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs (DARA). We are so grateful for the generous support of this project!

The Transition to Kindergarten Initiative is expanding, allowing us to further educate the Durham community about the importance of high quality early childhood education and school readiness. Thanks to this grant, we can double the number of Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits that will be provided for rising kindergarteners in Durham in 2014 – that’s more than 1,600 kits! The kits provide school readiness materials designed to prepare children and families for the transition from home to kindergarten.

With the help of this grant, we’ve updated and improved the kits, which contain items that promote early literacy, enhance emotional and fine motor development, and prompt creativity. Thanks to our supportive volunteers, we will begin assembling and distributing the Kits very soon!

Please contact Krissy Dunn ( at the Partnership if you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming kit-building session, and visit to learn more about the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Campaign.

Pictured left to right in picture above: Jenny Carolina (DARA Senior Program Coordinator), Channa Pickett (DARA Senior Program Coordinator), Wren Davisson (DPFC Program Coordinator), Laura Benson (DPFC Executive Director), Phail Wynn (DARA Vice President)

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