Smart Start Programs

Smart Start Funded Programs for 2016-2017

Child Care Subsidy
Robeson County Department of Social Services
(910) 671-3720
Program Description: Assists in making child care accessible and affordable to the families of Robeson County.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library
United Way of Robeson County
(910) 739-4249
Program Description: The Dolly Parton Imagination Library will help your young child develop pre-literacy skills by mailing your child free books once a month. All preschool children (birth to five) that live in Robeson County are eligible. A parent or legal guardian must submit an official registration form to the United Way of Robeson County, 2512-A Fayetteville Rd. Lumberton, NC 28358. Registration forms may be downloaded from the United Way of Robeson County website or requested by calling the United Way office.

Environment Quality Star Tracks
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.
(910) 738-6767, Ext: 286
Program Description: Childcare facilities are made aware of the components of quality care to enhance their facility using the Environment Rating Scales.  Assessments of licensed facilities allow for quality enhancement materials.  Technical assistance and maintenance is also provided. As part of the quality enhancement component, childcare providers have access to information, materials, and services provided by the Smart Start Resource Center. The Resource Center delivers materials to participating facilities and provides technical assistance as needed.

Nurse Family Partnership
Robeson County Health Department
(910) 671-3225
Program Description: Highly educated nurses visit eligible women in their homes during their first pregnancy and throughout the first two years of their children’s lives.  The program is a statewide initiative following a national model that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes and child health through primary prevention.  Additionally, the program seeks to improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family through personal development goals.

Parents as Teachers
Robeson County Health Department
(910) 738-6767, Ext: 246,245,250
Program Description: A proven home visiting model offering parents regularly scheduled personal home visits, group meetings, and developmental screenings for children as well as a network of resources. A home/school/community partnership that begins at birth and extends to age five.

Professional Development Services
Robeson Community College
(910) 272-3700
Program Description:  Provides services for licensed child care facilities in Robeson County. Services include professional development plans to assist child care providers and center plans to assist child care directors. The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and My Teaching Partner will also be utilized. Professional Development Awards (formerly known as Educational Award) will be offered to eligible participants. Training and technical assistance are also available.

Program Coordination, Community Education, and Evaluation
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.
Program Description: The Program Department encompasses a variety of methods aimed at increasing the capacity of early childhood initiatives and community awareness. Some of these approaches include data collection, information management, monitoring, evaluation, technical assistance, and training to support effective implementation of programs and strategies. These programs also work to enhance community collaboration and promote services funded by the partnership within the community.

Ready, Set, Go
Riverbend Services, Inc.
Program Description: Training and consultation is offered to child care providers on applying promotion, prevention, and intervention when working with children who experience developmental and/or behavioral health symptoms. The Pyramid Model and Cognitive Behavioral techniques are used to incorporate positive, problem-focused, and goal-directed interventions. Child care staff are trained on using specific techniques that promote a healthy environment for children to grow emotionally and developmentally.

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