| Burke County Smart Start works with many
different local agencies who provide services to children and families and works to
identify needed programs and services as well as resources to meet those needs. Often,
programs exist but are not being utilized. Sometimes duplication of services are noted.
The Partnership was formed to eliminate those duplications and fill the voids in the
service delivery system.
By blending and
leveraging existing resources and providing funding through Smart Start - the programs
below are made possible to the young children of Burke County:
Care Resource & Referral Services:
Child Care Connections, the local CCR&R service,
provides referral services
to families to assist them in locating available day care
resources and choosing quality care within the community.
Contact: Region 9 Child Care Resource &
Care Provider Insurance Benefit Package: In order to assist
local child care
providers in securing health insurance and ancillary benefits, the
Partnership contracts with the local child care resource and
referral agency to administer an insurance reimbursement
program at no cost to the provider. Contact:
Gloria Smith, Child Care Connections, 439-2328
Three Mobile Preschool Classrooms provide unique and exciting
pre-school classroom experiences for children ages 3 to 5 years
old who live in outlying areas of the county and are not
enrolled in child care. Contact: Karen Auton, Burke County Schools,
Maintenance for Non-subsidized Children: The local Child Care
Resource & Referral agency provides a quality maintenance incentive
to Burke County child care programs (centers and homes) to assist
them in maintaining quality four- and five-star programs and in
reaching higher license levels and national accreditation.
Contact: Gloria Smith, Child Care Connections, 439-2328.
Maintenance for Subsidized Children: The Burke County
Department of Social Services provides maintenance incentive paid to
child care programs (centers and homes), which have achieved a
four- or five-star license. Also available are funds
allocated for subsidy, which may only be used for eligible
children in four- or five-star child care programs by subsidized
(low income) families. Contact: Tina Mosley, DSS
Evaluator: A Burke County Smart
Start employee assists in measuring, reporting
and monitoring the progress of Smart Start programs and offers
technical assistance to contracted providers county-wide.
Contact: Al Smith, Burke County Smart Start,
Burke NC Pre-K Program: This program provides quality
educational experiences to enhance kindergarten readiness for
four-year-olds who are at risk of school failure and to prepare
them for success in school. Contact: Kathy Smith,
Burke NC Pre-K Office, 439-2326.
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