Harry Potter at Home

so many of us still staying at home, we are asking friends from the Wizarding World and beyond to read all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone for us.
Some of the best-loved faces from global entertainment, music and sport have lent their voices to the story they love by recording videos of themselves reading the timeless first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone.
We, alongside J.K. Rowling, have announced seven of those readers from the stellar line-up today.
Excitingly, Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne are amongst the cast of narrators, with more surprises and special appearances from across the Wizarding World and beyond to come. Each will be reading different sections of this iconic book – with its themes of family, friendship, courage and overcoming adversity – to families around the world.
Find more here!

Durham Universal Pre-K Applications

Durham’s Universal Pre-K is now accepting applications online for the 2020-21 school year!

You can access the online application at www.durhamprek.org/families/enrollment. The application takes 20-30 minutes to complete through Survey Monkey. Answers cannot be saved, so please be sure to begin the application when you have time to complete it.
Families can still schedule a virtual application appointment by calling 1-833-773-5338. Please leave a message and a counselor will call you to set up an appointment.
The application will be available in Spanish soon.

Durham’s Universal Pre-K está aceptando solicitudes en línea para el año escolar 2020-21!

Puede acceder a la solicitud en línea en https://durhamprek.org/es/families/enrollment/. La aplicación tarda 20-30 minutos en completarse a través de Survey Monkey. Las respuestas no se pueden guardar, así que asegúrese de comenzar la aplicación cuando tenga tiempo de completarla.
Las familias aún pueden programar una aplicación virtual cita llamando al 1-833-773-5338. Por favor, deje un mensaje y un consejero lo llamará para programar una cita.
La aplicación estará disponible en español pronto.

Remote Learning Support for NC Educators

We are very excited to share next week’s Remote Learning for NC Educators professional learning offerings from the Friday Institute, in partnership with NC DPI.

Sessions change each week and are offered at multiple times. Educators can go to our Remote Learning Support for NC Educators page to see sessions and to locate recordings and additional resources and materials. Participants are able to request a certificate of participation at the end of each completed session.

We encourage our educators to take advantage of this amazing opportunity for support!

EPA Activities Adaptable to Remote Learning

EPA Activities Adaptable to Remote Learning

For those of you who work with high school students, the 2020 Environmental Science Summer Institute, originally scheduled for June, is postponed until August. The EPA will share updated information next month.

American Youth Policy Forum COVID-19 Response Information Hub

American Youth Policy Forum posts new response information every week:

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging society on every front – social, political, and economic. Disadvantaged youth populations face significant challenges as their already precarious access to resources and supports dwindles and/or vanishes.

This information hub provides weekly updates by youth population (as well as supports for parents) to facilitate collating relevant resources. We recognize that many young people fall into multiple categories. We will share the challenges being experienced, as well as resources provided by a wide variety of organizations.

In addition to these COVID-19 resources, check out our blog post:

Week 1: Justice-Involved Youth

Week 2: English Language Learners (ELL)

Durham Children’s Initiative Weekly Programming

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on DCI’s new online programs! We will be leading fun family activities and learning together about health, science, technology, art, and more — all from the safety of our own homes. We will be releasing new videos every Tuesday and Saturday. Check out our first videos on YouTube now!

Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on new virtual INN programs! We will run fun family activities and learn together about health, science, technology, art and more — all from the safety of our own homes. We’ll be releasing new videos every Tuesday and Saturday. See our first videos available on YouTube now!


PBS Mondays with Michelle Obama Read-Along

 “Mondays with Michelle Obama” (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter.


  • April 27, 12 noon ET: THERE’S A DRAGON IN YOUR BOOK, Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott
  • May 4, 12 noon ET: MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS, Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler
  • May 11, 12 noon ET: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, By Eric Carle