Friday, December 2, 2016

Welcome Baby Coat Drive through December 31 - Seeking sizes Newborn to 7/8 only!

 Welcome Baby’s 5th annual coat drive is on now through December 31, 2016. The coat drive helps to keep our youngest population warm.  Donors are asked to contribute new or gently used coats for children in sizes from newborn to 7/8 years. In 2015, more than 250 coats were donated.  We hope to exceed that number this year.  

Welcome Baby distributes the coats through the Giving Closet which is open to all Durham families with children 0-6 years old.  You can drop off the coats at any of our convenient drop-off locations, including Cooperative Extension/Welcome Baby at 721 Foster Street.  See the flyer for all locations. Contact Patience Mukelabai at Welcome Baby with any questions at 919-560-7392  or

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Convenient School Immunization and Kindergarten Physical Locations in Local Schools

Healthy Futures Durham Schools

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Child Health Assessment and Prevention Program

Healthy Futures Durham Schools is an innovative care delivery model provided by the Durham County Department of Public Health, in partnership with Durham Public Schools and Duke Health, for children residing in Durham County.
Healthy Futures Durham Schools locations provide:
  • Immunizations (Shots)
  • Kindergarten Physicals for School
  • Health Check-Ups for children Birth to Age 18
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Dental Fluoride Treatment
  • Iron Levels and Lead Testing
Children are screened for autism, development delays and other medical concerns.  Additionally, teens are screened for at-risk behaviors and mental health concerns, which include depression, drug and alcohol use. 
Healthy Futures Durham Schools enhanced role nurses also provide nutrition, health and safety counseling.  When necessary, the enhanced role nurse can also refer families to other agencies for additional support with medical, dental and mental health concerns.
They accept Medicaid, Health Choice, and Self Pay for all services.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is filed for immunizations only.
To schedule an appointment, call:
  • Healthy Futures Durham Schools at E.K. Powe Elementary - (919 287-4185
  • Healthy Futures Durham Schools at George Watts Elementary - (919) 560-2555
  • Healthy Futures Durham Schools at Glenn Elementary - (919) 560-2211
  • Healthy Futures Durham Schools at Merrick-Moore Elementary - (919) 287-4184
  • Healthy Futures Durham Schools at Oak Grove Elementary - (919) 560-2327
Para asistencia en espaƱol, llame al (919) 560-7500.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Parents As Leaders Make-Up Orientation this week!

Join the 2016 Parents As Leaders (PAL) Academy Class! Two remaining make-up orientation sessions on two dates next week--April 26 & 27.  If you cannot make either date, some individual sessions may be available upon request/availability.  

PAL is a next step leadership certification for parent, family, and community advocates who want to make a difference in our schools for all children. See the flyer for the details & call 919-560-0538 for more info.  The first session in the PAL Leadership certification will be on Saturday, April 30th.  The make-up orientation must be completed before that date.  The entire program runs from April to September 2016 (please note the flyer incorrectly states June).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Parents As Leaders (PAL) Academy Leadership Orientation this Thursday, March 17--For PFAST grads and others

Registration Extended to Thursday,  March 17 at 2pm.  Take advantage of this opportunity to earn a leadership certification from PAL Academy and expand your knowledge and effectiveness as a leader and advocate for all children!  See registration information below in  English and Spanish.

PAL Flyer English
PAL Registration English

PAL Flyer Spanish
PAL Registration Spanish

We are reaching out to folks who have participated in Parent & Family Advocacy and Support (PFAST) training over the last ten years to share our upcoming parent leadership training and certification.  Parents as Leaders (PAL) Academy is the next step leadership training for any former participant of PFAST or LPFAST who wants to take their advocacy to the next level to gain tools and insights to create change for Durham’s children and schools.  It will be offered in both English and Spanish.  PAL will help develop personal leadership skills and expand participants’ knowledge of education issues in their school and community.  You do not have to be a parent to participate. (You can be a grandparent, supportive community member, etc.) The program runs from March through June 2016.  We will consider a limited number of participants who have not completed PFAST in cases where the parent has other school involvement/training, such as PTA, SIT, other advocacy training etc.

Join us on Thursday, March 17th from 5:30-8:30PM for the PAL Orientation Information Session.*  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  This session is offered in partnership with the DPS Family Academy and will take place at Brogden Middle School—future sessions will rotate to other school and community locations.  At the session, participants will learn about PAL, requirements and what the program.  This session gives an opportunity to decide if PAL Academy is right for you.  Part of the session will include an interactive Real Colors personality workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to take the Real Colors personality inventory to learn more about your individual strengths, those of others, and how to use that information in your life and leadership.  All who attend will get to experience Real Colors and the results will be used throughout PAL.

Please see the attached flyer and registration for information. *This Information and Orientation Session is required for participation in PAL.

Please Register by Wednesday, March 16 by phone, email, or fax and call with any questions:
·         English: Donna Rewalt (919-560-0538 / )
·         Spanish: Will Brinson (919-560-0379 / )

Monday, February 8, 2016

Duke FEMMES Science and Math Event for 4th, 5th, & 6th grade girls on 2/27--Deadline on Friday, February 12th

Duke's FEMMES Capstone event for GIRLS in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will be held this year on Saturday, February 27th from 8:45 am - 4:15 pm on Duke University's West Campus.  This is a great opportunity for girls to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math.

The day includes a keynote speaker who explains her role in her particular STEM field and the path that led her to that role, followed by two morning activities, lunch, two afternoon activities, and closing remarks. Each hands-on activity is designed and led by female faculty members, female graduate students, and STEM undergraduate female organizations. 

Participants are placed in groups of 12-15 girls led by two undergraduate or graduate student volunteers who guide the participants through four different activities held in the engineering, science, math, and laboratory buildings at Duke.

Registration is required. Please submit one of the registration forms, linked below, by Friday, February 12th:

English and Spanish Release Forms- Complete one lab participation form and one legal release form.

Parents should print, fill out, and mail these - see address below:

Please send the releases to the following address:
FEMMES c/o Suqi Huang
Duke University Box 95211 Durham NC, 27708-9838

Program Website

Monday, February 1, 2016

College Night for Middle and High School Families--Tuesday, February 9th

The time is now to plan for college!

Attention Durham Middle and High School Parents,

Join College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and Durham Public Schools (DPS) to receive helpful financial aid information that includes college costs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CFNC resources. DPS will provide an overview of SAT and ACT assessments taken by students starting as early as 8th grade in NC, how to prepare for them and how to use the results to advocate for your children. Spanish translation will be available. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016  6 - 8 p.m.  
DPS Staff Development Center 
2107 Hillandale Rd., Durham

Link to more information and flyers in English and Spanish HERE.

National Eating Disorder Week--Panel Discussion Includes Concerns for Children and Adolescents

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Panel Discussion
Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

Duke Regional Hospital (Auditorium)
3643 Roxboro Road
Durham, NC 27704

3 Minutes Can Save A Life. 
Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 21-27)


NAMI Durham (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is hosting a panel discussion from several eating disorders clinics in the Triangle to educate people about the nature and treatment of eating disorders. This panel discussion is for professionals, family members, individuals with behavioral health challenges, and the general public. All are welcome!

We brought together four clinical directors from Carolina House, the Duke Center for Eating Disorders, Veritas Collaborative, which specifically treat children and adolescents, and Structure House, which focuses on Binge Eating Disorder. They will sit on a panel to educate and answer questions from the public, family members, providers who treat eating disorders, and most importantly, the people who need more information to recover. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, include extreme emotions, and physical problems have life threatening consequences.

Our Presenters

Leah Berry, LPC, LCAS,
Partial Hosp. Prog. Manager, 
Eileen Chiaro Case, LCSW, Clinical Director, Carolina House, Raleigh 

Jennifer Pells, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services, Structure House

Laura Weisberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Duke Center for Eating Disorders

Here are some facts about eating disorders that are alarming:
According to the National Eating Disorders Coalition, at least 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. According to the National Institute of Health, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses; up to 20% die. People with this mental disorder are 18 times more likely to die early compared with people of similar age. Every 62 minutes someone dies as a result of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illness. Eating disorders affect all populations, male, female, young, old, all economic classes and ethnic groups. We need to bring more attention to this issue. Advocacy is necessary. There is a problem from the lack of education about eating disorders and insurance treatment coverage. Only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder receives treatment. We need to change these statistics.

There is still hope. People with eating disorders can recover with treatment, support from their family, and sharing their experiences in support groups with peers. This is the reason we have put together this outstanding panel. We will be discussing questions such as, what are the methods and most challenging aspects of treating an eating disorder? What are the most important attitudes and actions people can take to recover? What are the causes of relapse? What types of support are helpful to assist in getting someone treatment? We welcome audience participation and have set aside time for people to ask their own questions.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Martinez

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Final School Choice Workshops January 7 and 8 / DPS Lottery begins on January 11

Cooperative Extension’s Parent Advocacy (PFAST) Program is conducting  its final School Choice Workshops today and tomorrow Thursday, January 7 at 6:00pm  &  and Friday, January 8 at 12:00.  Workshop location is the Durham County Cooperative Extension Offices at 721 Foster Street in Durham's Central Park.

The School Choice Workshop is for any Durham parent or guardian with a child who wants to explore K-12 public school options, including charter schools. Parents will learn tips and strategies to help choose a school for their child.  Learn about school options (DPS magnet, high school CTE pathways, charter), what to look for, school-child-family fit, and tips on the DPS magnet school lottery (which runs January 11-29).    

Choose from any of the following dates:
Thursday, January 7, 6:00-7:30PM (English)
Thursday, January 7, 6:00-7:30PM (Spanish)
Friday, January 8, 2016, 12:00-1:30PM (English)

Light snack provided.  Participants are welcome to bring lunch to "lunch and learn" for the Friday session.

Registration is requested.  Please REGISTER at   

The process of choosing a school is often a stressful one for families and we seek to demystify the process and help families approach this decision in a way that is positive and more productive.

For more information, people can contact Donna at / (919) 560-0538  or Will at  / (919) 560-0379.  Spanish speaking families should contact Will.   We will send the Spanish flyer later today.  Please spread the word.