Resource & Referral
This program, administered through Children's Services Network/McDowell
Technical Community College, employs a full-time Referral
Specialist who maintains a database of supply and demand for child care
as well as providing referrals for parents seeking child care. A
full-time Early Childhood Specialist coordinates early childhood
training events at the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) and
provides technical assistance to family child care providers, both
prospective and those currently in business. The ECRC, staffed by a
part-time Early Childhood Specialist, provides a lending library of
early childhood equipment, materials, and a workspace for teachers to
create lesson plans, games and activities for young children.
Quality Support Bonus
This project, administered through Children's Services Network/
McDowell Technical Community College, makes available monthly facility
bonuses to licensed early childhood programs. The bonus is based
upon accrued quality points determined by the number of licensed points
earned in Program and Education Standards determined by the North
Carolina Division of Child Development during the state child care
licensing process. Qualifying programs providing infant/toddler/two
care receive additional funding to support the continued efforts to
provide this level of care to families. Payments are provided
quarterly to licensed programs that have demonstrated a commitment to
quality care identified by teacher/education and program standards.
An application process occurs once per year and programs must be in
business the entire year or payment is terminated.
Family Resource Programs: Part-Day Preschool
This program, administered through McDowell County Schools, has
locations in North Cove and Glenwood.
The centers provide learning opportunities for children and build on the
family's capacity to help their children enter school "healthy and ready
to learn." North Cove center staff offer preschool programs for 3- and
4-year-old children with two groups five days a week. The Glenwood
center serves 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds in one four hour program three
days each week and a second half-day program two days a week. Preschool
programs operate on a part-day basis for 10 months and continue with a
limited two-week summer program.
Wait List Prevention
Administered by the McDowell County Department of
Social Services, this activity was initiated to increase the number of
qualifying families who are able to receive childcare subsidy and designed to reduce the number of families paying excessive percentages of
income for childcare.
Quality Bonus Program
Administered by the Department of Social Services, this program makes available monthly bonuses to
subsidized early childhood
programs that have demonstrated a commitment to quality care by ensuring
higher teacher education and licensure requirements.