History

  • 1993-1994Smart Start begins in North Carolina. The Partnership becomes the first in state to pioneer the new early childhood program; awards over $1 million in community grants.
  • 1996Vice President Al Gore and Gov. Jim Hunt tour local center to see a model child care program developed by the Partnership.
  • 1998Partnership releases its special report on the needs of the Latino children and families, creates special funding initiative and launches El Centro Latino.
  • 1999Partnership funding grows to nearly $4 million. Partnering agencies raise over 20% in match contributions.
  • 2000Partnership presents Smart Start Family Fest- a day of fun and learning for families.
  • 2001Gov. Easley creates More at Four program. Partnership is selected to launch Orange County’s program serving 120 disadvantage four year olds.
  • 2004Partnership receives honor for its excellent financial track record and service to young children.
  • 2006Partnership receives PBIS Incentive Award, for achieving the highest standards in the area of Early Childhood Care, from NC Partnership for Children.
  • 2007The Partnership begins raising funds for the Healthy Kids Campaign. The campaign is a broad-based community initiative to stop the trend of childhood obesity by funding and starting 5 collaborative programs.
  • 2008Three Healthy Kids Campaign programs were started this year; The Growing Healthy Kids project, the ABCs of Good Health, and Move It!. All of these programs were created by a community wide collaborative and have already shown progress in helping families and children lead happier, healthier lives.
  • 2009The Healthy Kids Campaign programs continue to have a positive effect on young children in Orange Co. Leveraging this progress the Partnership in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill secured a two year national Grant from Salud America! and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additionally Smart Start and More at Four continue to strive to give our children and families the highest quality care and education in the state.
  • 2010With additional grants secured like the Refugee Agricultural Project (RAPP), our community gardens were expanded and will now include a focus on our Karen and Burmese refugees here in Orange Co.The Partnership held its first fundraising event; Rock, Rattle and Roll. The event was held in October on the Southern Village Green, and was well attended.Preventing Obesity by Design (POD), now in its second year, was expanded to include new sights.
  • 2011The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project (RAPP) completed its first full growing season. Families participating took part in cooking classes, ESL classes through Orange Co. Literacy Council and received training in seed starting, drip irrigation, and harvesting.The Healthy Kids Day celebrated its 10th anniversary.The Healthy Kids Campaign continued to provide community gardening, childcare consultation, and new playgrounds through the POD project.
  • 2012With the start of its second full growing season the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project (RAPP) continued to expand and serve new families. The community farm was also named the Transplanting Traditions Community farm.The collaboration between OCPYC and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA continued for our Healthy Kids Day event. With over 400 people in attendance young children and families enjoyed a day of fun and learning, with games, music and local organizations.The Healthy Classroom Challenge, in its 3rd year saw 7 classrooms participate and perform creative skits and routines focusing on nutrition and physical activity.
  • 2013A Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) program was started at our Transplanting Traditions Community Garden. Participating farmers were able to start the process of preparing and selling their produce to local families.The Healthy Kids Day and Healthy Classroom Challenge continued to be successful with children and families benefiting from an increased awareness of local programs and services.A new program and collaboration was started with the The Health Check Coordinator. This position works with low-income families and Primary Care Providers to encourage children’s participation in preventative Well Child Check-ups. Through this process, Health Check Coordinators offer education and connect families with community resources. They also collaborate with other intervention organizations to advocate for families of Medicaid-eligible children to increase awareness of the benefits of the Health Check Program.