Alliance for Children
P.O Box 988
Monroe, NC 28110
THE CHALLENGE: Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80% of low-income students miss this crucial milestone.
How do we make grade-level reading scores better for students in Union County?

Alliance for Children was selected as 1 of 14 communities in a statewide grant from the NC Early Childhood Foundation to convene early childhood stakeholders to discuss what it takes to make reading scores better from an early childhood perspective and provide feedback for an action plan to help children succeed.

The Pathways to Grade-Level Reading vision is that all North Carolina children, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, so that they have the greatest opportunity for life success.
Pathways recognizes that literacy is rooted in birth-through-age-eight 
child development, and includes:
* Health and Development on Track Beginning at Birth,
* Supported and Supportive Families and Communities, and
* High Quality Birth-through-Age-Eight Learning Environments, with Regular Attendance. 


Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books along with creative illustrations.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing 
and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and 
academic performance, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. 

Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children's hospitals.
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. 

Storyline Online is a program of the Screen Actors Guild, SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos.
Click on the link to discover all of their stories. 

Farm to ECE (Early Childhood Education)

What is Farm to ECE?  
Farm to ECE includes any type of child care that consists of local foods through one or more of the following: meals and snacks, taste tests, lessons, farmer visits, cooking, growing food, and/or community and parent involvement. 

Alliance for Children is excited to be piloting a program at New Testament Child Development Center along with Union County Cooperative Extension and Smart Start MASTERS. Children in the program are planting seeds, watching the vegetables grow and then harvesting and eating the produce in the classroom.  They are hosting visitors from the farming community and taking food ideas home to share with their families. Cindy Owen, New Testament CDC Director, said the children and teachers are having so much fun with the class.
Children are participating in a lesson on seeds and plants.
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NC Pre-K Registration for 2019-2020
The North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program is a free, high quality program designed to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children.  Numerous studies have shown that students who participate in a high quality pre-kindergarten program are more likely to succeed in grades K-12 and throughout their lives.

NC Pre-k in Union County is still accepting applications for the coming school year!  To learn about eligibility or obtain an application, click on the link: For more information or questions contact Suzanne Walters at 704.226.1407.

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