Have you ever thought about encouraging your kids to be reading role models? Reading is one of the ways that older siblings can thrive as role models. Plus, it allows them to strengthen their own reading skills in the process.
This April, the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties (PFCLG) has a message for all Lincoln and Gaston County residents: “you’re doing great things for children, keep it up!”
Lincoln & Gaston County, NC -- Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Imagination Library) are working together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free, age-appropriate books through the Imagination Library to children across the state.
Robin Harris of Robin's Nest Child Care Home in Gastonia shares how she continued her education and went on to achieve her college degree. Congratulations Robin!
"The road to achieving my college degree has not been an easy one but luckily I did not have to do it alone. My daughter, Shantell Phillips, who is not only my assistant but also my best friend, has been there for me all the way. Having someone so close to me and by my side has made this journey a special one. She kept me focused and I was determined.
Join the Gaston and Lincoln County Libraries for these exciting Dr. Seuss Day events!
Gaston County Public Library
- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Fri, March 2 @ 3:30-4:30pm | Mount Holly Branch
- Seuss Saturday - Sat, March 3 @ 11-3pm | Gastonia - Main Branch
Lincoln County Public Library
- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Fri, March 2 @ 10-11:30am | Shanklin Library, Denver
- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Sat, March 3 @ 2-4pm | Jonas Library, Lincolnton
- Dr. Seuss Movie "The Lorax" - Mon, March 5 @ 4-6pm | West Lincoln Branch, Vale
We are thrilled to announce our key players in the community for February 2018. The following individuals and child care centers were recognized earlier this month by the Partnership's Board of Directors:
Anastasia Denaux was recognized for receiving her Master's Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.
Pictured: Michael Linker (Partnership Executive Director), Anastasia and her husband Charlie, and Sarah Miller (Partnership Board Chair)
The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation launched Family Forward NC, an innovative business initiative to improve children's health and well-being and keep North Carolina's businesses competitive. By increasing family friendly workplace practices, business, families, and our state all win.
Through research and the exchange of ideas among business leaders, employees and organizations, Family Forward NC promotes workforce investments that support children's healthy development and a competitive business environment, both in the short and long term. That's a goal we can all rally behind.
Though the number of working families has risen dramatically over the last few decades, family initiatives have not kept pace. The immediate and long-term business advantages of these offerings are well-documented.
- Family-friendly workplaces provide a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction and reducing absenteeism.
- Family-friendly practices support children's future academic and career success. These benefits all come back to business by building a strong future workforce.
Visit this website to learn more about the benefits of Family Forward NC.
"New Child Care Rules have been adopted and officially became effective October 1, 2017. Many of these rule changes are a result of the CCDF Reauthorization and related federal requirements and the NC Periodic Review of Existing Rules.
DCDEE staff is working diligently to summarize the finalized changes, update forms and prepare presentations to train DCDEE staff and child care providers on what they need to know.
DCDEE has posted the revised rules to [their] website. Providers can visit the DCDEE website at www.ncchildcare.nc.gov to view all of the new rules and rule language. Click the "Rules, Law, and Public Information" tab on the left side of the screen, and the new and revised rules are posted here and noted as being effective October 1" (DCDEE, www.ncchildcare.nc.gov).
For more information or if you have immediate questions, please contact your assigned Child Care Consultant.