Health care for kids is a priority

In 2007, our community gathered to set priorities for children who live and grow up in our town. We were challenged to think of doable, local solutions to our children’s greatest needs. Our top priority was to increase the number of school nurses, creating better health care access. Not having nurses on-site at each school means school employees often provide medical interventions for children with chronic illnesses or injuries. Our commissioners made it a priority to add school nurses until our nationally recommended ratio of one nurse for every 750 students is met.  Continue reading…...

Different skills for different stages

There’s nothing quite like that moment I first see “my mountains” when I’ve been traveling and I’m driving home. I come around a curve or crest a hill, and there they are — breathtaking. I always think in awe and gratitude, “I get to live here.” I just spent a week in Florida at my daughter’s college orientation. It was miserably hot. It’s no wonder Floridians move here. On my last day, it was already a sticky 78 degrees at 7:30 a.m. My air conditioning seemed to never catch up. When I made it home, I opened my car door and my wonderful mountains greeted me with a cool evening breeze and the ability to take a deep breath. Continue reading…...

Child welfare reform on horizon

I recently became aware that the federal government did a review of North Carolina’s child welfare system.  They looked at seven child welfare outcomes and seven systemic factors.  Our state system failed in all 14 areas. Continue reading…  ...

Aiding Transition to Adulthood

The Children & Family Resource Center will celebrate as 20 teen parents, who have been in our Adolescent Parenting Program, walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. This is our largest ever graduating class. Graduation day is a significant achievement for every student, and given the obstacles some of these teens have had to overcome, we are particularly proud. Continue...

Help us prevent child abuse

I don’t know why I got to be one of the lucky people born into a family of love, but I was. I recently spent time with my two living grandparents. My paternal granddaddy is 89, and my maternal grandma is 85. They are members of “the Greatest Generation.” Both have experienced poverty firsthand, living through the Great Depression. They have lived and served during times of war and have faced head-on domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce, mental illness, chronic illness and the death of spouses. Issues that tear many people down somehow made these two better. Continue reading…...

Tiers System Impacts Children

I’ve heard it said that if you look at where you spend your money, it will show your priorities. I have two: my children (big kids are expensive) and Diet Mountain Dew, which I’m trying desperately to give up but think about all the time. I just love that stuff! North Carolina spends a lot of money across 100 counties. How that money is allocated is sometimes based on complex funding formulas. One such tool is the tiers system that was developed in 1996 as an economic development tool to create tax incentives for new and expanding businesses in North Carolina. Continue reading…...