What Are Smart Start Programs? Where can I get more information about Smart Start programs?
The Region A Partnership for Children offers a number of different programs that are available to our regional families and care providers. Our Programs are free to all families.
|Child Care Health Consultants:
Quality improvement in child care facilities as it relates to health and safety issues for children and families.
Qualified professionals supervised by nurses employed by Public Health Departments assist childcare providers in identifying the specific health and safety issues of their community such as nutrition, obesity, asthma, chronic illness and then design training strategies and professional development for improving related outcomes for children. In some counties Health Departments have employed Health Educators with experience in health education to serve as Child Care Health Consultants with nursing staff supervising.
|Child Care Subsidy:
Provides Smart Start Subsidy payments for children when state subsidies are not available for eligible families
|Family Support Network:
To provide assistance and education about resources available to families of children with disabilities.
Provide support and information for parents/caregivers with children with special needs to help them connect with appropriate resources as well as with other caregivers with similar circumstances to build community support in coping with their shared concerns
The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds.
|Parents as Teachers Programs:
Parent education and competency, focused on home visitation.
Parent educators utilize a national curriculum in a home visitation program while providing developmental information, encouraging early literacy, responding to parents’ concerns about child rearing and linking families to community resources (six county programs)
|Quality Infant Toddler Bonuses::
Provide additional payments to supplement the high cost of infant care in childcare centers that provide high quality care for infants and toddlers
|Raising a Reader:
To provide a regional early literacy and parent engagement program to teach families the importance of reading to their children and improve story time activities in child care settings.
A Coordinator assists childcare providers in seven counties in working with families to distribute nationally recognized literacy materials to children to increase the frequency of reading at home and raise the level of understanding of the importance of reading both in the home and in the childcare centers.
|Reach Out and Read::
The medical care providers will discuss the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourage parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children.
To enhance early literacy programming in child care classrooms by providing instruction to child care professionals and additional early literacy materials on loan to the staff and children in the early childhood settings.
Library outreach in Swain, Jackson and Macon Counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary) to preschool classrooms that provides access for children to age appropriate literacy materials, storytelling and a variety of unique multi-cultural materials.
|Regional Training: Quality Enhancement Specialist:
To improve overall quality and scores on upcoming Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) assessments. To provide technical assistance and coaching to maintain quality in early education settings in the region.
|Regional Training: Social Emotional:
To increase the skills of early education professionals in promoting positive behavior and social interactions in child care classrooms and to link early education professionals and families with appropriate resources to promote healthy social and emotional development of children in child care.
Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children is a six-year, $6 million initiative of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) created to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight and ready to learn.
Provides childcare teachers and directors enrolled in early childhood degree programs with salary supplements tied to their level of education. WAGE$ supplements support professional development and higher education for childcare teachers, raise quality and reduce turnover in childcare.