SMART START ACTIVITIES

Child Care Health Consultant - target licensed child care facilities addressing health needs in child care settings, i.e., health and safety policies, record reviews, trainings, etc.

Child Care Resource & Referral – provides technical assistance including environment rating scales assessments, room arrangement, center-specific trainings for teachers.

Child Care Star Enhancement – provides incentives which allows 4 & 5 star facilities to improve the quality and maintain their 4 or 5 star rating.

Child Care Subsidy – provides funding assistance to help defray the cost of child care for low-income families.

Child Care Subsidy Administration – provides funds for administrative staffing for child care subsidy.

Community Awareness – provides strategies to improve community systems by building awareness of early childhood.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library – encourages early literacy by providing age-appropriate new books to children ages birth to 5 via US postal (mail). Visit Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Richmond County Smart Start Programs

NCPre-K – financial assistance paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of care for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and CCDF (Child Care Development Fund) eligible families.

Professional Development – provides financial supplements for teachers to further their education in the early childhood-related field of study to ensure high quality care in child care facilities and homes.

Reach Out and Read – provides early-literacy opportunities (new, age appropriate books) for children and their parents by partnering with medical providers.

Sandhills Children’s Center – provides NC Pre-K Expansion funds for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and CCDF (Child Care Development Fund) eligible families.