By uniting to strengthen the positive that already exists, our children, our youth, our families, and our community all thrive.
To connect all children, adolescents, and families with programs and partnerships to ensure they have what they need to thrive.
Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) for Dare County is a private, non-profit organization that connects kids and their families with resources to help them thrive. Created following the second State of the Child Conference in Dare County in 1994, the organization was charged with focusing on issues brought forward at that conference and worked to establish the Wright Place for Youth and the Dare County Youth Center. In 1997, the Partnership began administering North Carolina's nationally recognized Smart Start early childhood program for Dare County, ensuring that all children are ready to succeed upon entering school. Since then, CYP has sponsored three additional State of the Child Conferences to focus work on what all kids need to thrive. Today, CYP works with the help of many community groups, businesses and individuals to offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the healthy development of all children from birth through adolescence.