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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:

  • Child 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 & Referral, 877-670-8735;

  • Child 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

  • Mobile Preschool Classrooms:  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, 430-4100.

  • Quality 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.

  • Quality 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 Subsidy, 439-2081.

  • Program 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, 439-2326.

  • 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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