ECAC's Summer Newsletter

We hope that your summer is off to a sweet start! Our summer newsletter has the scoop on essential resources and tips to keep your family learning and ready for the upcoming school year. Enjoy the season with a scoop of helpful insights!

FREE Summer Meals!

Find Free, Appealing, Nutritious Summer Meals for Children 18 and Younger

Do you need help finding food for your child? To find the sites nearest you:  Text FOOD to 304-304 and provide your full address, zip code or city.

You will receive a text back with the location of the closest meal sites and serving times. You can also call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator 24/7 who can help locate meal sites and other resources.


  • Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (Spanish) to find summer meals. 

  • Use the NC Site Finder Map. The NC Site Finder Map is for families and the general public to find free nutritious meals for children in North Carolina. The map will be updated at least weekly during the traditional summer operating months (June - August). 

Summer and Home Learning Activity Plans

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Office of Early Learning has put together a variety of weekly activities that families of infants, toddlers and K-2 children can do at home.

Access the Activity Plans Here

Start Painting the Big Picture

ECAC's Painting the Big Picture resources is a great way to introduce your child to anyone new that may be working with them. This can include summer camp staff, childcare providers, service providers and their new teachers in the fall. This worksheet has been created as a way for any adult to help “paint the big picture” of a child they care about and know well. The worksheet guides each writer to describe the child and to provide “tips” on what works best. The tips allow you to make a connection between what YOU know and what others can do to help them to be successful.

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The Summer Slide

Source: teacherevolution

"Is Summer Slide Real?"

This article from We Are Teachers includes a free toolkit to fight summer learning loss provides detailed information for parents and teachers regarding the "Summer Slide". Topics covered include:

Click Here to Read the Article and Toolkit

30 FREE Things to do in North Carolina provides opportunities to get to know the Tar Heel State with these historic attractions, parks, gardens, animal attractions and unique events – all for free.

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Headed to Kindergarten in the Fall?

Transition from Preschool Special Education Services to Kindergarten

The transition from Preschool Special Education Services to kindergarten can bring about many emotions for families and students. Feelings of excitement for the next step in your child’s education as well as worry for what lies ahead are common. This resource will help you understand how to prepare for the upcoming transition to kindergarten

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Let's Get Ready!

The Let’s Get Ready! guide is a tool to support Let's Get Ready! family-school partnership. It is a collection of ideas and strategies to empower families and caregivers in supporting the natural unfolding of a child’s skills, abilities, and potential for lifelong learning. This resource was developed by the Office of Early Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

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Turning 14 or Heading to High School?

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Secondary Transition

The Secondary Transition section of the IEP must be completed for the year in which the child turns 14 years of age or older. (The IEP team may complete this section earlier.) At age 14, and whenever transition is being considered, the child must be invited to the IEP meeting and sign the IEP as a member of the team. Check out our transition resources to help you and your student prepare.

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Resources to Get Familiar with This Summer

The Right to Education Project (REP) is the statewide education justice project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that fights for students in the public education system to get access to the quality education they have a right to, and to end the school to prison pipeline. REP works to protect North Carolina public school students, including those in charter schools.

REP Website 

DRNC enforces the education rights of students with disabilities ages 3 through 22 who attend public schools in our state. The law requires schools to teach students with disabilities in the school building except in very rare cases. Additionally, schools must use effective instruction that meets the student’s individual needs. Schools must teach them even if they have severe disabilities or challenging behaviors.

DRNC Website

The Children’s Law Clinic provides free legal advice, advocacy, and legal representation to low-income, at-risk children in cases involving special education, school discipline, and children’s disability benefits. The clinic is staffed by Duke Law students who bring their compassion, commitment, and energy to the task of advocating for at-risk children.

The Children’s Law Clinic Website

The Family Support Network™ of North Carolina enhances the lives of children who have disabilities, mental health challenges, and special healthcare needs by providing parent to parent support, education, and caring connections to their families.

FSN Website

First In Families of North Carolina, FIFNC, helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others. They support individuals and families in a variety of ways, including acquiring needed goods and services.

FIFNC Website

The Office of Exceptional Children (OEC provides resources and documents intended to help families understand various aspects of Special Education in North Carolina. 

NCDPI OEC Parent Resources


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