Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rep. Lewis Pledges to Protect North Carolina Children

Staff from the Harnett County Partnership for Children, a Smart Start agency, met with Representative David Lewis to discuss the importance of early childhood education and to ask for continued support of young children in Harnett County.

On Tuesday, December 14th, staff from the Harnett County Partnership for Children, a Smart Start agency, met with Representative David Lewis to discuss the importance of early childhood education and to ask for continued support of young children in Harnett County.

“The Harnett County Partnership for Children (HCPC) is committed to ensuring that all local children have access to the early care and education, family support and health services they need to help them succeed in school and in life,” said Lisa Familo, HCPC Executive Director. “However, while the challenges facing local families continue to grow, the funding that allows Smart Start to serve families is in jeopardy and additional cuts are on the horizon. Today’s meeting was to help Representative Lewis better understand the needs in our community and to see that Smart Start is a key piece to our community. Today’s children are North Carolina’s future leaders, parents and workers. Our state’s prosperity depends on their healthy development and growth.”

Representative Lewis pledged his commitment to protect early care and education for North Carolina’s children by signing a Children’s Pledge provided by HCPC. By signing this pledge, Rep. Lewis acknowledged that North Carolina’s prosperity depends on our ability to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. Furthermore, Representative Lewis agreed that ensuring access to high quality early childhood care and education programs needs to be a top priority for the state.

To make your support known to legislators, sign the petition to Protect NC’s Children.

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Learn strategies to improve advocacy and public engagement efforts

Today, the 2011 National Smart Start Conference posted it’s agenda. The May 2-5 conference is the largest early childhood systems and strategies conference in the country. 

Among the many workshops are several related to policy, advocacy, and public engagement. A few of these sessions are highlighted on the site right now.

If professional development is one of your New Year’s resolutions, this is a great, and affordable opportunity at just $185 for three days of sessions and networking opportunities.

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