Waynett Taylor Receives 2023 Karen W. Ponder Award

Waynett Taylor was presented the 2023 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award during a special ceremony on April 27 at the 2023 Smart Start Conference in Greensboro, NC. In attendance was Karen Ponder, former president of the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) and Waynett got to meet her. Amy Cubbage, the President of the NCPC presented the award to Waynett.

The Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award was created in honor of Karen W. Ponder, the first president of NCPC and is presented annually to one local partnership nominee. All 100 NC counties are eligible to submit nominations but only one recipient is selected. This award recognizes exceptional leadership which has resulted in bettering the lives of young children and families across North Carolina. It recognizes the contribution of community volunteers (advocates, civic leaders, faith leaders, etc.). Nominees must exemplify a passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families and have the ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.

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Charlie's Kids Awards Book Donation to the Partnership

The Cabarrus County Partnership has been selected for a grant to receive a large donation of "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books by Charlie's Kids, an organization advocating safe sleep to prevent infant death.

Since 2014, "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" has been the most beloved and shared safe sleep education product, with over 4 million copies in circulation. Charlie's Kids will be donating 12 cases of "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books in English and 4 cases of books in Spanish to assist the Cabarrus Partnership for Children in its efforts to educate families on safe sleep for babies.

SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between ages 1 month and 1 year.

Every year, around 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly while they're sleeping. Most of these tragic deaths are due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation (Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, Healthychildren.org).

"Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug" books will be distributed to families with newborn babies in Cabarrus County.

For more information about Charlie's Kids and "Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug," visit: charlieskids.org

Dr. Russell Suda Receives Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award

Substance Use Network (SUN Project) founder, Dr. Russell Suda, was awarded the 2022 Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award by the North Carolina Partnership for Children during a special ceremony on May 24, 2022 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Concord, NC where community partners, patients, and leaders gathered to celebrate this honor. Patients who had successfully turned their lives around shared how Dr. Suda had supported them in their recovery journey as he stood next to them holding their baby. A representative from Senator Thom Tillis’ office came and read a letter congratulating Dr. Suda and Cabarrus county for this work and honor.

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Just Released: 2022 NC Child County Data Cards

This week, NC Child released its annual County Data Cards, highlighting key indicators of child health and well-being in North Carolina. These data benchmarks indicate how children were faring in 2020 - the first year of the pandemic. The data points can help elected officials adopt policies that allocate funds to make our communities stronger.

Continue reading to view the full Data Card for Cabarrus County.

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February Is Family Support Awareness Month

Family Support consists of early childhood home visiting and parenting education (HVPE) programs that are designed to strengthen the relationship between parents and children, increase parenting skills, and build confidence. These programs build a system of support for families and ensure children are ready to learn, improve child health and keep children safe.

HVPE programs are delivered by well-trained professionals and are intended to support parents and caregivers and promote healthy development and strengthen family relationships.

Providing access to home visiting and parenting education to all North Carolina families would extend these benefits across the state. That's why we need #FamilySupportNC.

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