City of Durham NIS Community Engagement

Durham's Early Childhood Community Forum

Durham's Early Childhood Community Forum

The forum’s purpose is to develop a shared understanding of the Grown In Durham 0 – 8 initiative, provide feedback for future efforts, and increase community involvement.

The morning will open with updates on:

100 Counties – Helping Our Children to Thrive – County Commissioner Brenda Howerton
State of Durham County’s Young Children Report – Ken Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
Pre-K Task Force Report – Linda Chappel, Child Care Services Association & Donna-Marie Winn, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC-Chapel Hill
Pathways to Grade Level Reading – Laura Benson & Danielle Johnson, Durham’s Partnership for Children

Following that information-sharing, the audience will then self-select a roundtable discussion:
Trauma Informed Care  - Wanda Boone, Durham T.R.Y., Jen Isherwood, Public Health Dept.

Preconception and Prenatal Health – Ola Aloba, Gina Hill, Public Health Department

Early Childhood – Laura Benson, Danielle Johnson, Durham’s Partnership for Children

Pre-K Expansion – Linda Chappel, Monnie Griggs, Child Care Services Association

K – 3rd Grade Education and Support – Heidi Carter, Durham County Commissioner & Xavier Cason, Member, Durham Public School Board

Data Collection and Use – Drew Cummings, Durham County

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