NC Smart Start Partnership to Testify at Senate Hearing on Re-Authorization of No Child Left Behind

The Down East Partnership for Children has been touted as a model of early care and education and invited to testify at a Senate hearing on the Re-Authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act this week. Henrietta Zalkind, DEPC’s Executive Director, will provide the testimony on Tuesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C. The testimony will help members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) learn of innovative and new ways to strengthen the No Child Left Behind Act’s investment in early care and education.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the work of the Down East Partnership for Children in the national spotlight while also helping impact the future of this important legislation,” said Zalkind. “We are excited the committee is focusing on efforts to enhance high quality early education and care and are seeking input for creative approaches that have been proven to work.”

The Down East Partnership for Children has been recognized, locally, state-wide and nationally for its’ model of services for children 0-8 in. Having made a measurable impact locally, Zalkind, will discuss the importance of providing support for each child and family, high quality early care and education environment and the need for access to coordinated community resources.

The DEPC is a non-profit organization and was founded in 1993 after receiving its initial funding from North Carolina Smart Start. To date, the DEPC has been successful in generating additional funding sources by national foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ms. Zalkind’s testimony can be heard live at DEPC will host a listening party at 2pm on Tuesday 5/25 at the Partnership. For more information, please contact Ian Glancy, Communications Coordinator at or call 252-985-4300 ext. 239.

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