Parents are their children’s first teachers and are instrumental in supporting their child’s holistic development and academic success. Literacy partners in Durham County are collaborating in innovative ways to support parents, guardians, and caregivers as decision makers, advocates, and community leaders.
Join us to learn more about what’s happening in Durham county in a lunch hour webinar presented during national Grade-Level Reading (GLR) Week from July 26-30, 2021.
Making Way for Families: Reflections from Literacy Partners in Durham County, North CarolinaTuesday, July 27, 202112:00-1:00 PM
During this panel discussion, four literacy partners participating in Durham’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will highlight how parent leadership and engagement are key in creating narrative change, driving equitable processes, and creating impactful programs. Speakers will highlight the successes and challenges of this work through various county-wide processes and literacy programs in Durham including book boxes, a summer library and distribution program, and parent engagement and leadership in the county’s Early Childhood Action Planning process. Parent leaders will also share their experiences.
- Caitlyn Bergmann, Book Bank Manager, Book Harvest Book Harvest
- Cate Elander, Early Childhood Coordinator, Durham County Cooperative Extension
- Karlene Fyffe Phillips, Manager, Family Literacy and Community Services, Durham County Library
- Katie Starr, Program Coordinator of Community Initiatives, Durham’s Partnership for Children
- Moderator: Lisa Finaldi, Community Engagement Leader, NC Early Childhood Foundation
Durham’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, led by Durham’s Partnership for Children, is one of 13 communities participating in the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The NC Early Childhood Foundation serves as the state lead for the NC Campaign.
Launched in 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. CGLR focuses on promoting early school success as an important building block of more hopeful futures for children in economically challenged families and communities. Since its launch, CGLR has grown to include more than 300 communities, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two provinces in Canada.