Spencer and Aurora Swain,
Families First in Cabarrus County.
Photo Credit: SEED20
Congratulations to Aurora Swain for being selected as one of ten SEED20 finalists!

SEED20 is an annual competition for nonprofit entrepreneurs that identifies, spotlights and supports twenty of the region's most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. The nonprofit entrepreneurs will be showcased at an event called SEED20 OnStage on Monday, March 27 at the Knight Theater. Vying for prizes, up to ten finalists will give fast-paced three minute pitches of their ideas to a panel of judges and to the live audience.

Show your support for Aurora and Families First:
1) Vote for Aurora 
2) Attend SEED20 OnStage on Monday, March 27 

The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is offering a free webinar series for families and educators covering topics related to the Transition to Kindergarten. Visit the links below to learn more about each session and to register.

Effective Communication with Your Child's School
Date/Time: Monday, March 13 at 7:00-8:15pm
Click here to register

Setting the Stage for Success!
Date/Time: Monday, March 20 at 7:00-8:15pm
Click here to register

If there's one thing preschool instructor Lindsey Kite wants the public to understand, it's that early care and education is no joke.

"Some think, 'Come on, they're just playing every day. Why do you need to be making this amount of money just to have my kid play?' But it's so much more than that," Kite said.

Between the ages of 0 and 3, a child's brain produces 700 new neural connections every second, making the first three years of life some of the most important, researchers say.

With attorney Heather Ziemba

Date/Time: Saturday, March 11 at 10:00am
Location: Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool
Contact: Aurora Swain 864-378-9603
The Partnership is hosting a community discussion on racial equity and would like to invite you. The retreat will be led by Open Source Leadership Strategies, Inc., which addresses the leadership and organization development needs of communities and other social change agents across the nation and globe who want to be the change they seek in the world.

Date/Time: March 20, 2017 from 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord

The Metrolina Early Childhood Collaborative (MECC) is excited to present a conference dedicated to individuals and groups who work with and for young children. Topics include social and emotional development; diversity and cultural competence; and children with exceptionalities.

Event Schedule:
Friday, April 21 - 6-8pm | Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday, April 22 - 8am-3pm | Keynotes & Workshops
Cabarrus Partnership for Children
1303 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, NC 28083
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