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2019-2020 Alliance for Children Annual Report

Please Click below to view our 2019-2020 Annual Report. See the impact that Alliance for children has made in Union County.

Smart Start MASTERS Update

Adapting to Change Smart Start MASTERS Goes Virtual
Smart Start MASTERS is a program funded by Alliance for Children in partnership with Thompson. Smart Start MASTERS provides resources to childcare facilities, including technical assistance, in-depth training, and professional workshops.
Many Early Childhood professionals have become accustomed to attending face to face trainings. However, with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines in place this option is currently not available and since it is uncertain how long we can expect these measures to continue the SS MASTERS program decided to roll out an online training resource for providers to address this need.
The Virtual Professional Development Series are live online trainings offered by an Early Childhood Program Quality Specialist with topics geared towards specific learning areas and recent trends related to the Early Childhood profession. These trainings are offered free of charge to Union County providers to assist them with staying on top of their professional development needs. Registration is required via email; in-service training hours will be awarded, and certificates will be provided upon completion of training. Between the months of March and June there were approximately 7 trainings offered for both administrators and teachers. The trainings were designed for both community participation and individualized site needs. Topics ranged from the implementation of various curriculum components to understanding the effects of stress on both children and adults. As we continue to navigate through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to follow best practices for community gatherings. The MASTERS program has tentatively planned 5 virtual trainings for the remainder of 2020 to do its part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. If you are interested in receiving information on these upcoming training opportunities please feel free to contact me at Rwashington@Thompsoncff.org to be added to the program email list for all updates.

September 2019 News

Santa Loves Sponsors
Welcome New Board members
BI-LO Community Bag Program
2018 Annual Report
PetSmart of Monroe Partners with AFC

August 2019 News

66th Annual Union County Christmas Parade
Farm to ECE
NC Pre-K Teachers
Parenting Education Improves
Child Outcomes
Like Our Facebook Page

June 2019 Newsletter

Pathways to Grade Level Reading
Storyline Online
Farm to ECE
Triple P
NC Pre-K Registration 2019-20

May 2019 Newsletter

Best Start Graduates share their journey
Ed Stars celebrates Early Education Students
Conscious Discipline offered to Early Educators
AFC welcomes Program Manager

March 2019 Newsletter

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn
Get your copy of Abby's Treasure Hunt
THINK BABIES focuses on Early Care and Education during the month of March

You're Invited to THINK BABIES Breakfast

Join us February 19th for a round table discussion

January 2019 Newsletter

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn ®
A Union County Storybook
Think Babies Breakfast for Business Leaders
NC Pre-K Accepting Applications for 2019-20
Childcare Health Consultant

November 2018 Newsletter

Be Active Kids
Think Babies
NC Pre-K
Union County Christmas Parade
Nurturing Parenting Program


A Year In Review
Financial Overview
Our Impact
About Us

September 2018 Newsletter

Alliance for Children welcomes new board members
Union County Christmas Parade accepting Sponsors, Volunteers and Parade Participants
NC Early Coalition Awards Grant
Bright Blessings Supports NC Pre-K
2017 Annual Report

August 2018 Newsletter

Alliance for Children Celebrates 20 Years
65th Year of the Union County Christmas Parade
Global Latch On in Monroe
Professional Development for NC Pre-K
Motheread Popular with Dads

July 2018 Newsletter

Henderson Properties Employees Volunteer
Santa Loves Sponsors - UC Parade
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
NC Pre-K has Opening for Fall Enrollment
Subsidy Success Story

August 2017 Newsletter

Teacups and Lollipops deadline is August 31st.
Text4baby is an app for new mothers
Union County Christmas Parade is set for November 19th. Make plans for this years event.
Pathways to Grade Level Reading is a new initiative to support children's success in school.

July/August 2017 Newsletter

Teacups and Lollipops Tickets
Union County Christmas Parade
NC Pre-K

June 2017 Newsletter

Best Start Graduation
Pathways to Grade Level Reading
Circle of Parents helps young mother of twins
Save the Date for Teacups and Lollipops

May 2017 Newsletter

Included in May's Newsletter:

Teacups and Lollipops - moved to September 9th
Early Childhood Education Student Graduates with Honors
NC PRE-K Updates and Registration
Education Stars - Summer Pilot Program
Smart Start Resource Center (SSRC) -Updates and New Staffers

NC Pre-K enrolling 4 year old students for fall classes

Alliance for Children is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 NC Pre-K school year. NC Pre-K is designed to support 4-year old children academically, behaviorally and socially to prepare them for success in school and beyond. Register for NC Pre-K or call Suzanne Walters at 704.226.1407 for more information.

A recent report shows North Carolina's NC Pre-K is once again rated among the highest in the nation. It is one of only six state programs to meet all 10 NIEER (National Institute of Early Education Research) quality preschool benchmarks. Read more

December Newsletter

Thank you to Christmas Parade Sponsors/ Bundle up baby this winter/ NC Pre-K registration/ Link your HT Card to Alliance for Children

Alliance for Children Names New Director - August 2015

Alliance for Children board of directors proudly announces Linda Smith as the new Executive Director. Linda brings over 30 years experience in education and nonprofit work. Through her leadership with JobReady Partnership and its New Century Scholars Program, Linda has collaborated with local organizations and businesses providing educational opportunities to students who might not otherwise choose a college education.

“This is my home of 36 years and I have invested most of my career energy into providing for our children. I can’t think of a better place to continue serving than with Alliance for Children. I look forward to working with our Board of Directors, staff and other organizations in the community to create bright futures for young children.” – Linda Smith.