Making a difference for young children
Posted on 04.12.2016, Tuesday

In addition to being Week of the Young Child, this week is also National Volunteer Week! Our volunteers are making a difference that lasts a lifetime, and it is with their help that we’re able to reach so many young children and families in Durham. We could not do what we do without our volunteers, so it makes perfect sense for these celebrations to go hand in hand!

Here’s a peek at just some of the ways that volunteers are helping during Week of the Young Child and throughout the year:

  • Volunteers are providing the essential building blocks for early literacy and language development through our Readers as Leaders program. Our readers visit classrooms in child care centers in Durham each week, building a love of reading and enhancing the necessary language, cognitive and early reading development required for success in school and in life.
  • Volunteers from the Division of Child Development and Early Education are reading in early childhood classrooms all across the state, including some of our NC Pre-K classrooms, to celebrate Week of the Young Child.
  • Volunteers are building Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits, a key component of our Transition to Kindergarten Initiative. The Kits provide school readiness materials designed to prepare children and families for the transition to kindergarten. We will distribute nearly 2,0000 Kits to rising kindergartners this year, all of which will be assembled by volunteers.
  • Last month, volunteers supported the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative by distributing more than 2,000 registration packets during Kindergarten Registration Week. Volunteers also help at ongoing transition events designed to help make kindergarten an exciting and welcoming place for new students and families. This week, Blast Off to Kindergarten events are taking place at 2 elementary schools thanks to our hard-working volunteers.
  • Volunteers are engaging the community at events like the Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day at Wheels Fun Park on April 17th.
  • Volunteers are helping to guide the work of the Partnership by lending their time, expertise and passion for early childhood by serving on our Board of Directors and Committees.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for the valuable work they do on behalf of young children and their families in Durham County. If you are interested in volunteering with the Partnership, please click here. Thank you for making a difference for young children!

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