Child Care Programs

Child Care Subsidy Enhancement Program provides quality enhancement bonuses to child care facilities with four or five stars. This activity improves the quality of child care in Anson County by linking the subsidy system with quality enhancements for meeting selected indicators of higher quality facilities.  These quality enhancements and subsidy funds are administered by the Anson County Department of Social Services.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Child Care Resource and Referral services include trainings for child care providers and parents, data and awareness of young children’s issues in the community and an Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) providing resources and materials to be used by child care professionals to increase the quality of early childhood education and environments.  Families may also learn about and access other Partnership services such as car seat inspections, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, parenting classes, and many other programs and events.  A continued emphasis is placed on increasing literacy skills through implementation of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and other book distributions at community events and at local child care facilities.  The Partnership also hosts an annual Early Childhood Appreciation banquet, in conjunction with a training opportunity.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Early Childhood Resource Center provides over 6,000 resources and materials to be used by child care professionals to increase the quality of early childhood education and environments.   These materials and resources are also available for families and community members. Membership fees start at $5.00 per year for an individual or family. Materials are available for checkout, or items may be delivered to child care facilities or agencies. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed daily from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Click here to search the Early Childhood Resource Center online database for materials.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Quality Enhancement and Maintenance targets early childhood professionals in our community and provides services and training to increase and/or maintain star licensure.   Partnership staff provide training/assistance to child care providers in the office and in the field; recommend and deliver developmentally appropriate materials for use in child care facilities; and promote young children’s issues and the importance of quality in the community.  Funding Source: Smart Start

NC Pre-Kindergarten is a readiness initiative that is proven to help four year olds gain basic skills needed for success in elementary school. Children who are four years of age before August 31, 2012 are eligible to apply for the program, which is free to qualifying families. A high priority is placed on serving children who are “at-risk.” A child is considered to be “at-risk” if the child’s family is at or below 75% of the state median income level or if a disability has been identified.  Enrollment is also open to students who have limited English proficiency, developmental differences, chronic health conditions, or a parent who is active service personnel. NC Pre-K sites in Anson County include:  Anson Children’s Center, Central Center for Children and Families, Morven Head Start (located at Morven Elementary School) and Open Doors Center for Children.  Parents interested in learning more about the NC Pre-K program should clink the link below or Caroline Goins at 704-694-4036 or  Funding Source: NC Pre-Kindergarten Program


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Education Support Program provides monetary incentives to Early childhood professionals who increase their education level.  Participants must qualify based on the program guidelines.  All applicants must attend a mandatory informational meeting on the application process and submit application prior to the deadline.  Once applications have been received, the Partnership verifies information through transcripts, diplomas and communication with college staff.  The program is dependent on the availability of funding.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Shape NC focuses on increasing knowledge of nutrition and the importance of physical activity practices among young children, their families and teachers, with the goal of increasing the number of young children in child care at a healthy weight. Each county participating in the Shape NC project has designated a Model Early Learning Center.  Anson Children’s Center serves as a demonstration site for other child care facilities and incorporates the use of evidence-based programming and outdoor learning environments to promote healthy nutrition and increased physical activity.   A community action plan was developed in collaboration with Healthy Ansonians and other organizations serving children and families in Anson County.  Funding Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield NC Foundation