“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

KID CONNECT: Community Capacity Building Workshops

Does your community group, faith outreach, or volunteer team interact with families with young children in Wake County? We want to partner with you to help make sure every child has access to the support and resources they need to build a strong foundation in the early years.

DID YOU KNOW that the brain grows faster from birth to age 5 than at any other time in a person’s life? During their first few years, children are literally building the foundation that will support all future learning.

Let’s work together to get more families connected when it matters the most!

KID CONNECT workshops and conversations can take some stress off your team and make it easier to link more families with FREE programs to:

  • Find quality child care
  • Prepare children for Kindergarten
  • Help with concerns about child development or behavior
  • Support new parents, caregivers, and pregnant women
  • Promote early literacy skills and encourage reading
  • And more!

Learn more below and register for a FREE Kid Connect workshop or conversation today! For more information, contact Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Specialist, or call 919-723-9279.

“It doesn’t matter how many great early childhood programs your county has if parents can’t find and access those programs. In collaboration with community partners, we are creating simple and direct paths for information and access so that we can connect any child in need with the best resources we have to offer.”

– Rev. Carla Gregg-Kearns, Pastor at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Cary




To build the capacity of our community partners to identify and link more children, ages birth to 5, and their families to FREE programs that can support them.

Workshop Description


  • Community organizations
  • Faith outreach groups
  • Volunteer teams
  • Any group who works with young children (from birth to age 5) and their families in Wake County
  • This is an introductory-level workshop offering. If you are an early childhood professional, reach out about other ways you can be involved.


  • Your team will learn about the many FREE early education and family support programs in Wake County and how to access them.
  • You’ll learn how we can work together to assess local gaps in access, connect more families to resources, and enhance and broaden your community outreach work with young children and their families.
  • Content will be individualized based on each group’s priorities.


  • Participants will receive a toolkit for early childhood resource linkage that is specific to their region of Wake County. The toolkit will include resource materials and tools for planning outreach with families.


Contact Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Specialist, or call (919) 723-9279 for more information or to request a workshop or conversation in your area.