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. Free use of a lending library of learning equipment, materials, and resource available for the entire community.
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
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.