Mission: Through smart start and nc pre-k funding, we support and monitor programs to ensure all young children, ages birth to five, in north carolina enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
Programs: Nc pre-k program - community-based, voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare at-risk-four-year-olds in north carolina for success in school. Approximately 300 children in lee county are enrolled in high-quality north carolinapre-kindergarten (nc pre-k) programs. The program is free to participants with thegoal of helping young children prepare for kindergarten. Under the authority of the ncstate board of education, nc pre-k classrooms are located in public schools (54percent), licensed child care centers (27 percent), and head start programs (19percent). These classrooms provide a full school day, full school year program thatmeets standards set by the state board of education to align with k-12 education andprepare children for academic success. In lee county nc pre-k sites include privatechildcare centers and and one public elementary school strategically located throughoutlee county.
dual subsidy program - designed to assist families with children ages birth to five, who live in lee county and need help paying for child care to attend work or school. Financial assistance is paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of part or full-day care and/or rate enhancements for families eligible for temporary assistance for needy families (tanf) or the child care and development fund (ccdf)
child care and education quality - lcpfc quality maintenance provides services and support to qualified four and five-star child care facilities in lee county. Lcpfc all provides funding for classroom enhancement and teacher support. Child care resource and referral assists families seeking access to child care utiliziing local and regional resources, and training on issues about quality child care. The services will be provided by the coalition for families.
literacy - dolly parton imagination library program provides registered children in lee county, who are between the ages of birth and five years, one free, high quality book on a monthly basis. "reach out and read" involves partnering with medical care practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents. The medical care provider will voluntarily incorporate (ror) into young children's regular pediatric checkups. Community outreach/public awareness/education will heighten the awareness and increase knowledge of early education, needs of young children and resources available for young children and families. Program coordination and evaluation focuses in the areas of program coordination, monitoring and public education to enhance the early childhood system in lee county for all smart start funded activitiies.