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EdNC: Behind the scenes of our Latinx reporting: Building empathy and understanding through our shared humanity

I was born in Guatemala. I grew up speaking Spanish and English, which made me quite the Spanglish baby/child/teenager (must admit, I’m still a Spanglish kid at heart). I graduated from Universidad Rafael Landívar with a major in communication sciences. I moved to North Carolina in July 2016 to pursue an M.A. in mass communication… Read more »

News release: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Pacesetter Communities

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) announced today the communities that are Pacesetters for their work during 2019 to support early school success. A collaborative effort by funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career… Read more »

EdNC: Perspective | Book Babies launches virtual visits to continue to meet the needs of families

Although Book Harvest’s Book Babies team can’t visit families in person right now, that doesn’t mean they’re not keeping in touch, shared Ginger Young, the Durham-based organization’s founder and executive director. Launched in Durham County in 2013, this groundbreaking evidence-informed home visiting program provides 20 new age-appropriate books to participating children every year starting at… Read more »

WRAL: With goal to distribute 75,000 books, Book Harvest seeks children’s book donations

Traditional efforts — like summer reading programs and storytimes — could be difficult this summer with social distancing guidelines. But Durham-based Book Harvest is working to ensure that thousands of kids keep reading this summer, so they’re reading to keep learning when school opens. Read more >>

EdNC: Home visiting without home visiting: Programs adapt and support families — but with limited reach

Julie Smith, a licensed counselor for  Child First , an intensive home visiting program that provides mental health support to young children in eastern North Carolina, calls the COVID-19 pandemic “a recipe for disaster” for her clients. Smith says the closure of the services families rely on — as well as stress from financial hardship and social… Read more »

The Renewal Project: A North Carolina literacy nonprofit takes storytime online

Kids are out of school. Parents are home from work. At Book Harvest, a children’s literacy organization in North Carolina, we’re as concerned as ever about making sure all children and families have access to the books and literacy supports they need to thrive in school and in life. And we’re as committed as ever… Read more »

WRAL: Durham middle school educators find creative ways to keep students reading

The Durham Public School System hosts meal sites across the county to feed families in need each week. Recently, educators have become more creative with how they connect with their students while distributing food. The traditional school year wrapped up pretty quickly for Durham Public School families, leaving students no time to return their books…. Read more »

Daily Tarheel: Local book providers adapt through coronavirus pandemic

In the few months it was open before the pandemic closed its doors, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews was full of people: customers browsing the shelves, community events held around the coffee tables, students crowding into the cafe with laptops and lattes. “Obviously, we have lost that shtick,” said Mason Hamberlin, a book buyer and lead… Read more »

Durham Magazine: How We Can Support Durham Businesses During COVID-19

COVID-19’s presence in our city and state and, indeed, throughout the country and the nation, brings uncertainty and unease. Governor Roy Cooper officially banned dining in at bars and restaurants on Tuesday, March 17. Limiting gatherings and many more measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Mayor Steve Schewel issued a… Read more »

EdNC: Suddenly at home with your young children? Here’s how to keep them engaged and learning.

As child care facilities struggle to decide whether to close during the coronavirus pandemic, many parents might face a lot more time at home with their children. Here’s what you need to know about what child care centers face — and, if they close, the best ways to keep young children engaged and learning at… Read more »