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For Our Providers:   EPIC

EPIC Teacher Bonus 
Do you want more money for being an excellent Teacher?  Duplin County Partnership is offering the EPIC Teacher Bonus.  You can receive a check twice a year for having college credits or a degree.  For additional information regarding our EPIC Program, please contact Amanda Sanderson at (910) 296-2000    Click here for Eligibility Requirments             Click here for checklist                         Click here for printable EPIC application and Employment Verification forms     

Services

Duplin County Diaper Pantry

 
This program is free to eligible Duplin County residents.  Diapers and other related items will be available to families with children birth through five years of age.  For more information about this service, please contact Karen Pacheco at (910)-296-2000
 

Reach Out and Read


This activity partners with medical care practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents. Participating medical care providers voluntarily incorporate Reach Out and Read (ROR), an evidence-based model, into young children's regular pediatric checkups or well-child visits. During each of the routine visits, parents receive a new, culturally and developmentally appropriate book to take home and read to their children. The medical provider discusses the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourages parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development. The program begins at the child's 6-month checkup and continues through age 5. Additionally, the children's "medical home" displays a "literacy-rich" waiting room area that reinforces the doctor's "prescription to read". For more information please contact Amanda Sanderson 


Child Care Scholarship

 
This activity provides financial assistance to Duplin County parents to pay for child care. This program is available to parents/guardians of children birth through five, so they can go to work, attend school, or participate in job training activities. For more information about signing up for child care assistance or questions about this program, please contact Amanda Sanderson or Evelyn Dosen

Program Coordinator & Evaluation

 
This activity utilizes a full time person to oversee activities funded through Smart Start and private grants. The Program Coordinator works closely with other staff to monitor compliance with approved activity.

 

Outreach

This activity helps to ensure ongoing community awareness of Smart Start funded programs and services.  A Bilingual Outreach Specialist will coordinate initiatives designed to promote Duplin County programs and services to the community as well as develop relationships with community partners and stakeholders by collaborating with educational, business, faith, social and health organizations serving childdren birth to five and their families and by promoting public awareness of early childhood issues and services.  The bilingual Outreach Specialist will also create outreach materials for the Partnership, provide educational/informational presentations to local audiences, coordinate Parrtnership events and represent the Partnership on local committees.  Additionally, trained staff will conduct car seat safety clinics and workshops throughout the county and distribute information related to proper car seat installation.  Age and size appropriate car seats will be distributed during car seats workshops and clinics to Duplin County residents at a reduced cost. For more information please contact Karen Pacheco.



Child Care Resource and Referral

 
Child Care Resource and Referral(CCR&R) offers core services for parents and families, child care programs, and the community.  Services may include: child care referrals and consumer education for parents and families, technical assistance to child care programs including phone, written, and on-site technical assistance for start-up, licensing, assistance to child care center and home directors/owners in maintaining or achieving higher levels of licensure, newsletters, in-service trainings on a wide variety of topic areas which may include: developmentally appropriate practices, reporting of abuse and neglect, child supervision, and playground safety, networking meetings and provider recognition events.  Additionally, CCR&R offers an Early Childhood Lending Library.  The library has resources and materials that are available to Duplin County Parents of preschoolers, childcare providers, and the community.  Included are books, music CD's, theme boxes and parenting resources.  In addition to materials that may be checked out, a work room is available for parents and child care teachers which includes an Ellison Die Cutting Machine that may be used on the premises. 

 

Quality Child Care Program

 
This activity provides mini grants (non-monetary) to child care providers to purchase equipment for facitlites to enhance their programs. These packages also provide extensive technical assistance and training for facilities. For more information, please contact Susan Elixson at, 910-296-2000.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Classes

 
This activity funds two developmentally appropriate pre-kindergarten classes in Duplin County.  The Pre-K activity helps to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn, by using a learning environment organized around eight interest areas.  For more information about when and where to enroll your child, please contact Janice Goldsby at 910-298-3249.

 

 

Regulated Child Care and Licensing Information in NC

 

Who’s Regulated by the Division of Child Development?
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_rcc.asp

 

How Do I Get Licensed?
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_rcc.asp

 

What is the Family Child Care Home Application Process?
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_rcc.asp

 

What is the Child Care Center Application Process?
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_rcc.asp

 

Licensing Requirements Overview and Rule Changes
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_lr.asp

 

Information retrieved from: www.ncchildcare.net

Explanation of Star Ratings

 

What is a “Star Rated License”?
The star rated license is a voluntary licensing system where your program can earn points in two components:

 
  • Program Standards
  • Staff Education

In addition, programs having a two component license can earn a "quality point" for meeting enhanced standards for staff education and program standards.

Why “Star Rated Licenses”?
North Carolina moved to this system in 2000 for many reasons. It allows your child care program to be recognized for the higher quality care that you are already providing. In the previous system your program's indvividual strenghts were not highlighted. For Family Child Care Homes, there was not any way to indicate being recognized for providing higher qualilty care.

Be sure to explore other pertinent star rated license information in order to:

  • Understand how points are calculated
  • Learn how a star rating can be increased
  • See a sample license
  • Read the most frequently asked questions about star rated licenses

How Are Points Earned?
When you apply for a star rated license a child care consultant will visit your program and evaluate each of the two quality components as well as the quality point option that may be selected by your program:

  1. Program Standards
  2. Education Standards

You will receive one point for meeting minimum requirements. To earn more than one point, you will have to meet higher voluntary standards.

For more information on how points are earned and how to determine star ratings please visit:

http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_hpae.asp

Increasing Your Star Rating
Once you have received a star rated license, you may decide that you want to try and increase your star rating. If you have a one star rated license, you can apply for a 2-5 star rated license at any time. If you have a 2-5 star rated license, you can reapply for a higher rating after six months.

Visit the link below for valuable resources and suggestions on how you can earn more points.

http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_isr.asp

Star Rated License FAQs
Visit the link below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/providers/pv_sn2_srlfaq.asp

Information retrieved from
www.ncchildcare.net TOP

 

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