New Hanover County Early Childhood Education

New Hanover County Early Childhood Education Head Start and NC Pre-K Program for children and families in New Hanover County, North Carolina NC Pre-K and Headstart Program in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina

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04/11/2019

Please keep sharing and spread the word for all of our New Hanover County Families with little ones.

04/11/2019
New Hanover County Government, NC
02/04/2019

New Hanover County Government, NC

Beginning Feb 1, New Hanover County tax payers can receive free tax preparation and filing by a trained and IRS-certified volunteer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Learn more: lnks.gd/2/9_d8vx. New Hanover County Senior Resource Center #NHCgov #taxprep

New Hanover County Government, NC
02/01/2019

New Hanover County Government, NC

Beginning Feb 1, New Hanover County tax payers can receive free tax preparation and filing by a trained and IRS-certified volunteer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Learn more: lnks.gd/2/9_d8vx. New Hanover County Senior Resource Center #NHCgov #taxprep

05/09/2018
New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools

NHCS TO CLOSE FOR STUDENTS ON MAY 16TH



Dear Parents and Guardians:

Many of you are aware that thousands of educators throughout North Carolina are scheduled to convene in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. They plan to attend a rally at the General Assembly to address education issues. We are very aware that disrupting family routines puts a burden on parents. Currently, the number of New Hanover County Schools teachers that have requested leave for this day exceeds the number of substitute teachers that the district has in its substitute pool. With this high rate of expected teacher absenteeism, our principals can no longer ensure regular instruction and we would have serious concerns about student safety without adequate supervision. As a result, all schools will be closed for normal operations on May 16th. It will become an optional teacher workday.

Will students have to make up that day?

No. A make-up day for students will not be required. The NHCS calendar provides more classroom time than the state requires so the district can cover this day without having to make it up.

Some children do not eat unless they are at school. What about them?

NHCS will provide meals through the Summer Food Service program. We will provide breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following schools: Williams, Bradley Creek, Wrightsboro, Williston, Virgo, and Sunset Park. Meals will be provided free of charge to all children 18 years of age or younger.

What about testing or other school activities that day?

NHCS is working with principals and other school leaders to accommodate testing schedules that must continue on May 16th such as some International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Parents and students will receive information and instructions from the student’s school in the coming days if the student is scheduled to take a test that day.

Transportation will be provided for students taking tests through the NHCS Transportation Department. Information regarding transportation on May 16th for these test takers will be provided by the schools.

Athletics: Since high school athletics are now in the playoffs for the spring sports season, any playoff games scheduled for May 16th will be played as scheduled. High school playoff schedules are dictated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

What will staff, other than teachers, be doing that day?

NHCS hourly employees can choose from three options for the work day, including: 1) opt for annual leave; 2) opt to take a day without pay; or 3) report to work for additional duties, training, or professional development opportunities as assigned by their supervisors.

Salaried staff will continue to work on their normal job duties. Normal teacher workday leave request rules will apply.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We appreciate your continued support of New Hanover County Schools.

Sincerely,



Tim Markley, Ed.D
Superintendent

New Hanover County Schools
04/11/2018

New Hanover County Schools

Congratulations to Ms. Brittany Cromartie, who has been selected as one of five parents in the State of North Carolina to receive the 2018-2019 "First Advocates Project" award from National Head Start Association. Brittany has 3 beautiful children who have attended D. B. Johnson Pre-K Head Start Center. She is a working parent that is very dedicated to the education of her children.

The "First Advocates Project" is an 18-month parent training program conducted by the National Head Start Association, in conjunction with early education programs in North Carolina & Florida and with the support of PNC Grow Up Great. ONLY 5 parents are chosen to represent their state. Award recipients will learn about specific pieces of legislation related to early childhood education, how to powerfully tell a story as a parent, how to engage lawmakers, how to build relationships and collaborate with others working in their state to improve access and quality early education. They will participate in a series of in-depth leadership & educational training. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to: Effective speaking, Building relationships, Networking, and Messaging the importance of quality early education.

In addition, they will be visiting Washington DC and applying their learned skills by sharing their story.

https://www.nhsa.org/our-work/initiative/first-advocates-pilot-project

“We want to make sure those social skills are strong when they walk in the doors of their elementary schools, but also w...
02/02/2018
Head Start impacts 'whole life' of New Hanover pre-K students

“We want to make sure those social skills are strong when they walk in the doors of their elementary schools, but also when they walk outside,” she said. “Even though they are three and four, they are important members of our community. ... They matter now.”

http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20180201/head-start-impacts-whole-life-of-new-hanover-pre-k-students

The district is entering its 5th year of running the federal preschool program

01/31/2018
Work on Wilmington

NHCS Early Childhood Education Program is recruiting volunteers for our Annual Work on Wilmington Day! Contact us if you are interested in volunteering at Johnson Pre-K or donating funds and/or items!

11/14/2017
New Hanover County Government, NC

New Hanover County Government, NC

New Hanover County Government, NC funded 3 new Pre-K classrooms for New Hanover County Schools that will build a foundation for children in our community, helping to ensure their success now and in the future. #NHCgov #SafeHealthySecure #EarlyEducation

Come out to Annie H Snipes Elementary at 6:00pm tongiht to hear D.J. Batiste speak about how Conscious Discipline® turne...
10/24/2017
NHCS Hosts Motivational Speaker DJ Batiste at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design for Parents and Teachers

Come out to Annie H Snipes Elementary at 6:00pm tongiht to hear D.J. Batiste speak about how Conscious Discipline® turned his life around! Sponsored by New Hanover County Schools

http://www.nhcs.net/PublicRelations/NewsReleases/2017_2018/snipes01.htm

NHCS Hosts Motivational Speaker DJ Batiste at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design for Parents and TeachersLearn about the Concept of Conscious Discipline Tweet DJ Batiste - From Gang Leader to Graduate New Hanover County Schools is excited to bring Motivational Speaker DJ Batiste to Snipes Academy of…

Conscious Discipline®
09/24/2017

Conscious Discipline®

The Passive-Aggressive Flip Flop

You cannot teach your children the power of words until you have learned this power for yourself. All parents must become comfortable with their assertive voices. All parents must understand that you have a right AND responsibility to say no to your children.

Many parents have the habit of approaching their children from a passive position. They say things like, "Come on honey, are you ready to go?" This kind of comment will often be ignored or answered nonverbally. The child may continue to play, indicating without words, "No, I'm not ready." Parents are then faced with what they perceive as disobedience, although it is really not. This is when they often flip to an aggressive position. A parent may then shout, "If you plan on watching TV later, you better get moving now!" After taking such an aggressive position, a parent will often feel guilty. The guilt often prompts a switch back to the passive mode: "If you are good at the store, I'll get you a cookie." All parents, especially ones who dig themselves into holes like this, must learn about assertiveness.

Assertiveness is the heart of discipline. It lets other people know your limits. Setting clear limits on your children's behavior is the key discipline skill you must cultivate. How you set limits teaches your child how to set and hold boundaries in all future relationships.

Assertiveness enables you to say no to your children and teaches them how to say no to others. Assertiveness is how we help our children reach the goal of using their words to get their wants and needs met safely and appropriately. Assertiveness also enables you to say yes to interactions that support you, and teaches your children when saying yes is in order. (This teaches the value of respect - of self and others.)

As always, we wish you well!
#iHeartCD

09/09/2017
New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, September 11, 2017. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma and any impact to our area.

New Hanover County Schools is excited to bring Motivational Speaker DJ Batiste to Snipes Academy of Arts and Design on A...
08/25/2017
Conscious Discipline – Safety. Connection. Problem Solving.

New Hanover County Schools is excited to bring Motivational Speaker DJ Batiste to Snipes Academy of Arts and Design on August 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Batiste will speak to teachers and parents about how he turned his life around, and how his life was impacted by one teacher during his senior year using the Conscious Discipline method.
Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based and research-backed social and emotional learning method founded by Becky Bailey, Ph.D., an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert on child education and developmental psychology. The Conscious Discipline method provides a transformational, whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation. It equips educators to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation so they spend less time policing behavior and more time teaching vital life skills. Conscious Discipline is a proven, comprehensive approach that empowers schools with skills that create a safe, connected, problem-solving environment for families.
Mr. Batiste was born in Louisiana to teenage parents but was raised by his grandmother. As a pre-school student, he was expelled from of Head Start and later found himself in juvenile detention. He began leading a large violent gang in Mississippi until one day he was introduced to nonviolent ways to deal with issues and confrontations. During his senior year in high school, he encountered a teacher, Donna Porter, who introduced him to Conscious Discipline. Today, Mrs. Porter and Mr. Batiste travel the country to motivate teachers, students, and families about positive teacher-student connections and to share their experiences to encourage school districts and communities to use Conscious Discipline. Mr. Batiste has many motivational YouTube videos inspiring students to use their words versus their hands.
Mr. Batiste’s visit is timely since the NHCS Pre-Kindergarten Program is in its third year of implementation of Conscious Discipline. This event is sponsored by the New Hanover County Schools Title I Program and is free and open to the public.
For more information on Conscious Discipline, visit www.ConsciousDiscipline.com.
For more information about the upcoming event, please contact Shannon Smiles, NHCS Director of Early Childhood Education, at [email protected].

"Researchers found that children enrolled in NC Pre-K made better than expected gains in language, literacy, math, gener...
07/12/2017
NC’s prekindergarten efforts shown to help children for years, report card finds

"Researchers found that children enrolled in NC Pre-K made better than expected gains in language, literacy, math, general knowledge and social skills into kindergarten, giving them a boost as they started school."

A new report by UNC looks at 15 years of data on North Carolina’s program for 4-year-olds and concludes that it provides lasting gains to children, especially those whose primary language is not English.

06/07/2017
New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools will be offering lunches to children 18 and under at no cost to families throughout the summer. The schedule will run Monday through Friday, beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2017, and ending on Friday, August 11, 2017. Click here for a list of locations and times.
http://www.nhcs.net/nutrition/Summer%20Feeding/Summer%20Food%20Service%20Program.pdf

Text Food to 877-877 to find free summer meals near you. //Mande la palabra Comida por texto a 877-877 para encontrar co...
06/01/2017

Text Food to 877-877 to find free summer meals near you.
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Mande la palabra Comida por texto a 877-877 para encontrar comidas gratis en el verano

Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message
05/27/2017
Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message

Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message

What happens when a group of the nation's leading pre-K experts get together to lay out a blueprint for what parents, and educators, can learn from decades of research?

Students at Howe Pre-K celebrating Earth Day!
05/04/2017

Students at Howe Pre-K celebrating Earth Day!

Conscious Discipline®
03/21/2017

Conscious Discipline®

Assertive Language is the key! Stop the passive-aggressive flip-flop!

As always, we wish you well!
iHeartCD

Spring is here! Time to apply for our program if your child will be 3 or 4 by August 31st
03/20/2017

Spring is here! Time to apply for our program if your child will be 3 or 4 by August 31st

Proud of Ja'Kaira, student at Johnson Pre-K Center
03/15/2017
Cape Fear Connects

Proud of Ja'Kaira, student at Johnson Pre-K Center

Congratulations to this week's Student Achiever of the Week! Keep up the good work, Ja'Kaira!

"We need to start to make people realize how critical early childhood education is." @NHCSPreK staff watching & agreeing...
03/15/2017

"We need to start to make people realize how critical early childhood education is." @NHCSPreK staff watching & agreeing with Governor Roy Cooper @ the NCHSA conference!

Conscious Discipline®
03/14/2017

Conscious Discipline®

"I don't care" is a signal that your child needs you; that he doesn't feel cared for.

Does this sound familiar? You give your son a consequence: "Chris, if you don't clean your room, you may not use the computer. " Chris snaps, "I don't care!"

Hold off on reacting with an aggressive, “You better start caring!” or passively caving in to your child’s distress. Instead, consider that "I don't care" is a signal that your child needs you; that he doesn't feel cared for.

If you are prone to aggression, breathe and see “I don’t care” as information about your child’s wellbeing.

If you are likely to buckle, breathe and remember to stay firm on the "no computer" consequence.

Then, to help your child through “I don’t care,” carve out extra time together to heal your relationship. Spend time doing activities that are fun for you both. Reconnect and be present with your child. You cannot buy your way out of “I don’t care” with gifts, nor can you punish it away by removing privileges. The single greatest motivation for a child to behave comes from family relationships, so work to keep them healthy. Do I Love You Rituals with younger children, carve out private time doing things they enjoy with your older children, start putting love notes in backpacks, and enjoy family meals together as often as possible. Your loving presence will provide the long-term solution to “I don’t care.”

As always, we wish you well!
iHeartCD

Should emotions be taught in schools?
02/28/2017
Should emotions be taught in schools?

Should emotions be taught in schools?

Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose, and how to navigate your way through them? For many adults, the answer is: No one. You hacked your wa…

Conscious Discipline®
02/28/2017

Conscious Discipline®

Most of us model safety and respect when we are calm and life is going our way. But what happens when we are stressed and life becomes complicated?

Reflect on the following questions:

How do you behave when traffic is backed up?

How do you behave when your child forgets her permission slip, homework or lunchbox?

How do you behave when you ask your children to stop horsing around and they don't stop?

How do you behave when you feel unheard or disrespected?

Adults who can own and regulate their upset are at the core of a child's sense of safety. Out-of-control adults are always a threat to children. We can no longer ask children to develop self-control and respectful communication skills when we model a different set of skills during our upset moments. Safety requires us to regulate our inner states and take responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions. Safety is not about controlling the actions of others; it is about regulating ourselves effectively.

As always, we wish you well!
iHeartCD

Great StarNews article! Bruce Shell, from the Board of Education says, "I look at funding of preschool as a long-term in...
02/21/2017
New Hanover schools to ask county for three pre-k rooms

Great StarNews article! Bruce Shell, from the Board of Education says, "I look at funding of preschool as a long-term investment that pays off in many, many ways"

Just 47 percent of New Hanover County's 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in a licensed childcare program.

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