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1 Mobilizing The Faith Community To Embrace Early Childhood As A Community Priority Presented by Angelica Oberleithner, Durhams Partnership for Children Winnie Morgan, Faith Initiative Coordinator

2 If we dont stand up for children, we dont stand for much. Marian Wright Edelman

3 Durhams Early Childhood Faith Initiative -Background/History -Goals -Strategies & Project Activities -Funding -Lessons Learned & Next Steps

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5 HISTORY – Highlights : Preliminary discussions held around need to engage Faith Community in early childhood issues : Durhams Partnership for Children, the Durham Family Initiative, and End Poverty Durham engage in planning to survey the faith community : Survey conducted by volunteers; data entered in a database : Funding support received from private foundations and faith community. Report published : Contractor hired. Community Faith Leaders breakfast held : Monthly newsletters go to more than 300+ faith contacts. Lunch & Learn series for faith educators held. Challenge grant received.

6 How would you create a culture of early childhood focus with our faith community? What strategies would you use to make it happen?

7 Project Goals: Raise awareness of the importance of child development, and specifically brain development, from birth to 5 in congregations Raise awareness about issues affecting young children and their families Provide opportunities to strengthen programs for youngest children and their parents and raise awareness about available resources

8 Strategies: Committee Breakfast & Handout Newsletter Presentations & Technical Assistance Lunch & Learn/Training

9 How would you raise funds for this initiative in your community? Who would you approach? Where would you look for $$?

10 Fundraising: Private foundations – local & regional; family & corporate Local congregations Individuals

11 Lessons Learned & Next Steps: Planning/Fundraising Events/Community Engagement Staffing Capacity

12 "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." Nelson Mandela

13 Contact Information: Winnie Morgan Angelica Oberleithner Sign up for our e-news and join us on facebook!


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