The Region A Partnership for Children is:
The non-profit organization that administers North Carolina’s Smart Start and NC Pre-K initiatives in the seven westernmost counties and on the Qualla Boundary. The overall goal of the Partnership is to ensure that all children arrive at school healthy and prepared to succeed. The mission of the RAPC is to improve the quality of life for young children and families in western North Carolina by encouraging advocacy and collaboration and funding services that focus on prevention and early intervention.
What is Smart Start?
The North Carolina Early Education Initiative to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. Programs funded through Smart Start serve children under six before they enter kindergarten in the areas of early care and education, family support and health.
The Statewide Smart Start Vision:
Every child reaches his or her potential and is prepared for success in a global community.
Our Western NC Vision:
Witness the Miracle… A nurturing community…a loving family…a smiling child.
Smart Start’s Mission
Advance a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of care and education for every child beginning with a healthy birth.
Why Does Smart Start Matter?
Smart Start makes a difference for children and families by:
- Increasing access to high quality child care and family support services
- Ensuring that all children who receive child care subsidies are in high quality regulated care
- Helping to raise the average star rating for children enrolled in childcare
- Providing additional resources for child care teachers to advance their education so that they can prepare young children for school success
- Helping to ensure that children receive early intervention services when needed
- Helping parents learn about early development so that they can prepare their children for future success
- Providing early reading programs in childcare, to families and in medical settings to ensure that children are exposed to books and reading early
Visit the Smart Start YouTube Channel for informative videos.
The Region A Partnership for Children encourages our staff and providers to share best-practices, tips, and other helpful information with one another and the families we serve. Information sharing is an integral part of growing our services and strengthening our programs to better serve our region.
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What Are Smart Start Programs? Where can I get more information about Smart Start programs?
- Child Care Subsidy: Provides Smart Start Subsidy payments for children when state subsidies are not available for eligible families
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Regional Training: On site technical assistance and training for childcare staff related to quality enhancement and supporting healthy social/emotional development and positive behavior
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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