SMART START FUNDED 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.

Circle of Parents Activity: This program is designed to provide parents the opportunity to connect with and learn from each other. Preventing child abuse and neglect while strengthening families is the ultimate goal of the program.

WAGE$: provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers, directors and family child care educators working with children ages birth to five years old. The program is designed to increase retention, education and compensation.

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.

SMART START ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

What is the Rootle Ambassador Program?

Building on the successful implementation of the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Community Collaboratives for Early Learning & Media Initiative, PBS North Carolina and its partners recognized the greater need to serve children and families across the state in a manner that was sustainable, long-term.

By understanding the tremendous impact that local educators, parents, caregivers and community leaders can have within the early childhood education space and beyond, we have developed a program that celebrated the work that community members were already doing as well as support them along the way. Rootle Ambassadors give us the opportunity to equitably reach classrooms, communities and homes across the state with curriculum-informed content and resources that gets children excited about learning.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Support your children to cope with challenges – Triple P programs have many simple strategies you can start using right now!

  • Promote your child’s or teenager’s emotional well-being.
  • Make family life more enjoyable for everyone with routines and rules that really work.
  • Join parents in more than 40 U.S. states who’ve been helped by some type of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program!