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Selma, NC (March 1, 2017) – The Partnership for Children of Johnston County received a $1,250 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to provide the area’s disadvantaged preschool and youth population with the Healthy Oral Prevention & Education (HOPE) program. HOPE educates children on a variety of dental health topics, such as proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing techniques.
The HOPE curriculum will be implemented in pre-K classes, Head Start programs, and the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County.  HOPE participants will learn about the importance of regular dentist visits and oral health care maintenance at home, as well as which foods and drinks are best for oral health. Each child in the program receives a set of dental supplies to encourage them to practice what they have learned. The educational program also partners with the dental office of Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry to offer free dental clinics to participating children.
“We’re really grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide the HOPE program with the help of this Delta Dental Foundation grant,” said Early Childhood Education Manager Charity Bouren. “We look forward to expanding on last year’s program to reach more underserved children in Johnston County that don’t have access to a dental home or the oral health care they need.”
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The grant received by the Partnership for Children of Johnston County is one of 21 grants totaling $45,000 that DDNC is donating to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs. This is the second year that the Partnership for Children of Johnston County has been awarded a Smiles for Kids grant.  Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.
“We are pleased that the Delta Dental Foundation is providing funding to the Partnership for Children of Johnston County,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “We know that Johnston County is one of the lower ranked counties in North Carolina when it comes to clinical care access, including dentists. Supporting this organization can help ensure that more children are educated about the importance of good oral health and receive the care they need to grow up healthy and be successful.”
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.

About the Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit
About Partnership for Children of Johnston County
Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a non-profit organization that helps improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children, by enhancing the quality of childcare, supporting strong families and reaching out to at-risk kids. Their vision is that Johnston County’s children will be given all the educational, health and emotional support they need to grow into engaged and productive members of our economically thriving and globally competitive community. For more information, visit:

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