Smart Start of Brunswick County works with many different organizations and agencies that provide services to children and families throughout Brunswick County to identify community needs and develop resources to meet the needs of families with young children. By supporting existing resources as well as developing new programs and providing funding through Smart Start, private grants or donations, the following services are made possible to the young children and families in Brunswick County:
This program provides training and resources to the community on the importance of high quality childcare and early education. CCR&R provides information, trainings, and technical assistance to childcare providers and families with children from prenatal to 5 years old. A resource and lending library for parents, child care providers, teachers and students is available at the CCR&R office located at 5140 Sellers Street in Shallotte. Registration form for Child Care Provider Training . For Training schedule go to Calendar of Events under What's Going On Tab or Child Care Provider Newsletter and Training Schedule.
Carol Keen, CCR&R Director - 755-3362/services
With Smart Start funding, the local Department of Social Services (DSS) provides child care subsidy so more families will have access to high quality, affordable child care.
Child Care Quality Consultants work with child care providers to increase or maintain the quality of their child care programs by providing on-site consultation, technical support, training and mentoring. The consultants work with child care directors and staff as well as state licensing consultants to develop plans to ensure educational requirements are maintained and other requirements are met. For technical assistance contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Gore, Quality Consultant - 755-3362
Child Care providers do a very important job teaching our communities' children, however, they are generally underpaid. As we strive for higher quality standards, many of these same teachers are obtaining higher education in their field. The WAGE$ program provides a salary supplement to participating providers based on their educational levels.
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Smart Start of Brunswick County works with many different agencies that provide services to children and families throughout Brunswick County to identify needed programs, services and resources to meet these needs. By blending and leveraging existing resources and providing funding through Smart Start, private donations or grants, the following programs are made possible to the young children and families in Brunswick County:
The Parents as Teachers program is an evidenced-based home visiting model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Our Parent Educators, including a bilingual Parent Educator, provide information to parents on the stages of child development, learning materials and help parents develop the skills needed to meet their child's needs. Educators conduct screenings to ensure children are meeting developmental milestones and link parents to other community resources. The Parent Educators conduct home visits and hold monthly group events and meetings.
Interested? Call Melanie Warnick, Patricia Ungerer, Shelley Cooper or Naida Upchurch at 754-3166 for more information. En espanol, Patricia Ungerer.
Raising a Reader fosters a reading routine whereby children from local child care centers bring home bright red bags filled with high-quality picture books each week. The books feature artwork, age-appropriate language, and multicultural themes. Raising a Reader mission fosters healthy brain development, parent–child bonding, and early literacy skills critical for school success.
Call Kim Heath, Raising a Reader Coordinator, at 754-3166 for more information.
Circle of Parents is the place to talk about parenting. The program offers free group meetings to anyone who is parenting young children. Members talk and share ideas about raising kids, exploring topics such as discipline, health, child care, and safety. Groups meet weekly and information shared in the group is confidential. Child care and refreshments is provided. Circle of Parents supports parents in their parenting roles and encourages the development of leadership skills in all aspects of their lives.
Interested in joining or forming a group? Call Laura Travis-Ehart, Circle of Parents Program Coordinator, at 754-3166 for more information.
A "hands on" activity to help prevent childhood obesity by creating gardens in child care centers to stimulate children’s interest in growing, tasting and eating a variety of healthy vegetables. In addition, it promotes exercise and interest in outdoor physical activities. This program is made possible through grant awards from ATMC, St. James Service Club, Corning Incorporated Foundation, and Brunswick County Community Foundation.
The specialist offers on-site training and technical assistance to child care facilities and providers serving children with special needs or developmental concerns in order to better meet the needs of children. The specialist provides information on available resources and assists with appropirate referrals as needed. Support may be provided to families during the referral and placement process to aid transition from CDSA services to school system services. For additional information contact Helen Gabriel, 910-754-3166.less...
This pre-kindergarten program allows eligible four year olds the opportunity to learn in high quality educational environments without cost to their families. Children served in NCPre-K must be four years old by August 31st and not eligible to enter kindergarten this school year. There is an income eligibility and service priorities. Brunswick County NCPre-K classrooms are located in child care centers.
Applications for 2015-2016 school year are available at the Smart Start office, 5140 Sellers Street, Shallotte and at child care centers listed below or download application here.
Child care sites with NCPreK classrooms for 2014-15 school year: BCC Early Childhood Education Center, Earth Angels Educational Center, For Kids Only, Kids WorldAcademy II, Kids World Academy III, Little Sandpipers Learning Center I, Specnine, Tiny Tots, and Child Care Network #85.
Questions call Johanna Simmons 754-3166.
If needed, the NCPreK Committee members will meet on June 22nd, 9:00 am, at the Smart Start office, 5140 Sellers Avenue, Shallotte.
The P/E Director assists direct service providers and subcontractors in program development, evaluation, and monitoring of programs. The manager assists in the development of the annual plan based on community needs and resources and oversees programmatic monitoring and evaluation of approved activities. The Director compiles Smart Start reports and assists in coordination of community activities that promote the health, education and well being of young children.