Raising Quality in Early Education
One of our top priorities is increasing and maintaining the quality of Licensed Child Care Centers and Family Care Homes in McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties. The goal is to improve or maintain families’ access to high quality early care that is child-focused, family-friendly and fair to providers.
Research on brain development has produced new insights on child development. Our family-focused programs give parents tools to increase their knowledge of early childhood development, positive parenting practices, and provides access to subsidized child care.
Advancing Child Health
Healthy behavior from the start can lead to lifelong benefits. The Partnership has a history of improving health outcomes for children by strategically addressing issues such as childhood obesity, preschool dental problems through screenings and restorative services, and health and safety for children by educating child care providers.
Expanding Early Literacy
Recognizing that critical brain development occurs during the First 2,000 Days of life, we support programs that develop early literacy skills needed for success in school, work and life. These programs assist parents in developing habits of daily reading with their children, and assist children in discovering an early love of reading.
Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
Professional development is an important part of supporting, and building the capacity of early educators.