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Alliance for Children
P.O Box 988
Monroe, NC 28110
704.226.1407
TEACUPS AND LOLLIPOPS-MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 9TH
At the request of many friends of Alliance for Children, we have moved the date of Teacups and Lollipops to September 9th. Mark your calendars to join us for a fun afternoon of tea and festivities. Tickets and information can be found on our website.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION STUDENT GRADUATES WITH HONORS
Brandie Hill has worked her way from a high school dropout to a community college graduate with honors thanks to Education Stars, a program designed for early childhood education.  Read more of Brandie's story.
Article in part is courtesy of the Enquirer Journal
NC PRE-K UPDATES AND REGISTRATION
NC Pre-K had fun in April celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. 
Among the many activities, numerous community leaders and politicians visited the classrooms and read with the children.   Pictured below is NC Senator, Tommy Tucker with a class at Walter Bickett Education Center. Others who read with the children include: Caleb Barnhardt, Sheila Crunkleton, Pat Kahle, Nina Meadows, Charles Perry, Steve Ramsey, Gene Robbins, Stony Rushing, Linda Smith and Suzanne Walters.

Do you know of a 4 year old who may be eligible for FREE preschool through the Union County NC Pre-K program? This program offers high quality educational experiences for eligible 4 year olds and enhances school readiness. To apply for this program, a child must live in Union County and must be four years old on or before August 31, 2017.  
EDUCATION STARS - SUMMER PILOT PROGRAM
Education Stars is excited to be offering a summer pilot course. Thanks to receiving additional funding from The Alliance for Children, teachers working full time in a licensed child care center in Union County will have the opportunity to take the EDU 119 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education to receive their NC Child Care Credential during the summer. There is a very limited amount of space in this 8 week course, so if you are interested please contact Trinisha Dean at 704-290-5863 or email tdean@spcc.edu . There will be a mandatory orientation on Wednesday, May 31st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for students that have registered for EDU 119. "We are thrilled about our students being able to take advantage of this opportunity as the first summer pilot program!", said Dean.  
SMART START RESOURCE CENTER (SSRC) -UPDATES
Rosezetta McCray - SSRC Manager
 
Rosezetta has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education with children and families for 23 years.  Prior to joining the SSRC, Rosezetta worked for Anson County Partnership for Children in the capacity of Child Care Services and Technical Assistance Coordinator.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Service from Gardner-Webb University, a College Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a dual AAS in Secretarial Science (Legal/Medical) from SPCC.
Rosezetta feels privileged to join the SSRC and is excited to learn and explore with families and children.

Hollie Hills - Smart Start Resource Center Assistant
 
Hollie Hills has experience with children and educators and is thrilled to be part of the SSRC, serving Union County pre-school children, their parents, care givers, educators and grandparents.  Hollie's wish is that every child in the area can benefit from SSRC.
Hollie graduated from South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) in December 2015  with a degree in Fine Arts. Hollie is enjoying her position as a staff member of the SPCC community and looks forward to keeping the SSRC running smoothly and engaging with children, their families and educators.

NEW SUMMER HOURS

**Summer Hours (Effective Monday, May 15th):   
Mondays-Thursdays 10:00am to 6:00pm (Closed Fridays and Saturdays)
**Parent Story Time will move to Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:30am

**The Resource Center will be closed for inventory June 16 th - July 9 th .
All items must be returned no later than June 15th**
 
The Smart Start Resource Center is located at: 
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Mobile Unit 1
Monroe, NC 28110
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