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Salisbury, NC (March 3, 2016) –Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency received a $5,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that will help them fund the Brush! preschool oral health education program.
Brush!, which is a 52-week literacy based program,  addresses the prevention of dental decay in infants and young children with a comprehensive approach that involves early childhood education professionals, children and their parents/caregivers.
“Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency Head Start Program is committed to Dental Health Education and Treatment programs for our children,” said Dr. Donna White Cook, Chair of the Board of Directors of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency. “The agency has been in existence for 50 years, and we serve 858 children and use community partners to help identify children in need of immediate treatment.  Part of our program is to educate children and parents about the importance of early dental care, daily brushing, and healthy food choices to decrease the incidence of cavities,” Kennedy said. “This Delta Dental grant will help us to better educate children and families in all areas about the importance of good oral health so children can grow up healthy and be successful in school.”
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency grant is one of 17 grants totaling $40,000 awarded to North Carolina nonprofits providing oral health programs. 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.
“Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease in the U.S.  Children miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health-related issues,” Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. “By supporting the work of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, the Delta Dental Foundation can help ensure that more children and their families are educated about the importance of good oral health and the role it plays in children’s success in school and in life.”

About Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency
SRCAA is a regional non-profit organization that has provided services to the community for fifty years.  The services provided by the agency include; early childhood education (Head Start), career education, training and job placement, family services to support self-sufficiency and a weatherization program to make homes energy efficient.
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 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 (over 64%) in North Carolina.


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