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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: 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.
- Child Care Subsidy: Provides Smart Start Subsidy payments for children when state subsidies are not available for eligible families
- Family Support Network: 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
- NC Pre-K 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 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: 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: 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.
- Reading Rover: 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, story telling and a variety of unique multi-cultural materials
- Regional Training: Quality Enhancement Specialist On site technical assistance and training for childcare staff related to quality enhancement and supporting STAR ratings/
- Regional Training: Social Emotional On site technical assistance and training for childcare staff related to quality enhancement and supporting healthy social/emotional development and positive behavior
- WAGE$: Provides childcare teachers and directors enrolled in early childhood degree programs with salary supplements tied to their level of education. WAGE$ supplements support professional development and higher education for childcare teachers, raise quality and reduce turnover in childcare.