Haywood County Great by Eight Community Summit

Please RSVP if you plan to attend: myazan@rapc.org

Please share this invitation with others in your community and encourage them to join our summit.

Haywood County Great by Eight Community Summit
To continue to realize together the vision for all Haywood County children to get a healthy start and develop their full potential by age eight in safe and nurturing families, schools and communities

Strengthening Connections
An opportunity for everyone to connect and create opportunities for future partnerships for working together for children who are Healthy, Safe and Nurtured, and Learning and Ready to Succeed

When:
January 28th, 2020
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where:
Foundation for Evangelism (main entrance, next to Bethea Welcome Center)
125 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Discussion Topics Include:
• NC Early Childhood Action Plan: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/…/early-…/early-childhood-action-plan
• Sharing with the community how your organization or agency addresses early childhood resources, strategies, and initiatives in Haywood County
• Building on the Big Ideas from our last summit

What to bring:
• We encourage you to bring business cards, fliers, or other materials to share with others during our meeting.
• There will be plenty of dedicated time to connect with other professionals in our community who specifically focus on supporting children and families.

Our standing 2020 Great By Eight Quarterly Meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:
1:00pm to 3:00pm
• January 28, 2020
• April 28, 2020
• July 28, 2020
• October 27, 2020


Thank you!

Murat Yazan, MA, MLIS
Program Evaluator and IT Specialist
Region A Partnership for Children
116 Jackson Street
Sylva, NC 28779
828.586.0661
myazan@rapc.org

www.RAPC.org

Haywood County Parents as Teachers

Welcome Parent Educator, Stacy Lake, to Haywood County Parents as Teachers

The Region A Partnership for Children (RAPC) Blue Ribbon Parents as Teachers Affiliate serving Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties, and the Qualla Boundary wishes to welcome a new addition to our Haywood County staff.

Stacy Lake, will be serving children and families in Haywood County as a full-time Parents as Teachers Parent Educator alongside Jennifer Smith, Parent Educator, Haywood County Parents as Teachers. Please join us in welcoming her to our Haywood County community.

For more than 25 years, RAPC has served the children (pre-natal to age 5) and families of Haywood County as a partner in the Smart Start network.

What is Parents as Teachers?

Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families, and children that are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries, and one U.S. territory. Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals, and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations.

For more information, visit Parents as Teachers or Twitter @NatlPAT.

For more information about the RAPC Parents as Teachers program or to find out how you can participate, contact us at:

Randi Braun
rbraun@rapc.org
828-586-0661
https://www.RAPC.org

Community Workshops!

Save the Date! Please share this information with friends and family alike.

COMMUNITY GROUPS/WORKSHOPS/MEETINGS
Every Tuesday—Full Circle Recovery Center Learn to Cope. Learn to Cope (LTC) is a support group for parents, family members, spouses, and caregivers with a loved one who is struggling with addiction to opiates, alcohol, or other drugs. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at Full Circle Recovery Center located at 3261 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC. LTC offers compassionate, experienced facilitators who have been there, support, resources, educational material, and guest speakers who are in long term recovery or professionals in the field. For more information, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.

Every Tuesday—Sober Mommies—Motherhood group meeting every Tuesday (except holidays) at 10 am at First United Methodist Church located at 566 S Haywood St, Waynesville. For more information please contact Nicole Ross at 828-209-88220 or Nicole.ross@sobermommies.com.
Every Wednesday—Moms to Moms—meets at Methodist Church in Andrews from 12 pm to 2 pm. For more information please contact Barbara Matteson at 828-837-3460.

Every Thursday—Moms in the Mountains—meets at 3765 E Alt Hwy 64, Murphy from 10 am – 11:30 am. For more information please contact Barbara Matteson at 828-837-3460.

Every Thursday—NAMI Connections. Starting at 7 PM combination support group. Held at First Methodist Church Outreach Center located at the intersection of Harrison and W Main Sts, Franklin. This meeting is hosted by NAMI Appalachian South and a mixed group of family members and individuals with mental illness. The group focuses on support, education, resources, and advocacy. For more information contact Donita at or 828-526-9510 or Ann at 828-369-7385.

Every Sunday—Addiction Recovery Program Group Meeting—starting at 6:30 to 8 PM at the Waynesville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located 68 Foxwood Dr, corner of Foxwood and 209 (entrance to Foxfire Estates off of 209). For more information contact Mary Ann Widenhouse at 828-779-1923.

Last Monday of each month—Rutherford County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets last Monday of the month except July and August from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Please check the Facebook page or send an email for location information. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested however not required to rutherford@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.rutherford/.

First and Third Mondays of each month—DIOM (Drugs in our Midst) Family Support Group—Starting at 6:30pm at the conference room at Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. Our purpose is to bring persons who have loved ones experiencing Substance Use Issues together. We support them, provide resources information, and share experiences and ways to make it work for you and your loved one. We pray together, cry together, and love each other. This is a faith-based program provided free for those who need our support. For more information contact Jean Parris at jeankparris@gmail.com.

First Tuesday of each month—Madison County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets first Tuesday of each month from 4 – 5:30 pm at Madison Middle School located at 95 Upper Brush Creek Rd, Marshall. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested however not required to madisonchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.madison/.

First Tuesday of each month—Jackson/Swain/Qualla Chapter of the Autism Society of NC—Family Support Network of Region A Caregiver Group Meeting. November’s meeting will be starting at 6:00 PM at Swain County Administration Building, 50 Main St, Bryson City in conference rooms A/B. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP encouraged. For more information contact Jody at jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111 or http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.jackson.swain.qb

First Wednesday of each month—Cherokee County Caregiver Group Meeting. Starting at 9 AM at Region A Partnership for Children’s Murphy office located at 141 Peachtree St, Suite 5, Professional Building, Murphy. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP required. For more information contact Jody at jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111.

First Friday of each month—Jackson County Caregiver Group Meeting. Starting at 10 AM at the Children’s Developmental Services Agency located at 87 Bonnie Lane Sylva. This group focuses on families raising a child with a special need. Caregivers share their experiences to help strengthen other caregivers. September through May. RSVP required. For more information contact Jody at jmiller@regionakids.org or 828-506-6111.

First Saturday of each month—Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets the first Saturday of each month from 4 pm – 5:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at Bethel United Methodist Church located at 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to maconchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.macon/

Second Tuesday of each month—Cherokee County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm at Kids in Stride located at 2810 Us64, Suite 2, Murphy. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is required but not required to hbridges@autismsociety-nc.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.cherokee/

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month—Grandparent & Kinship Support Group—10 am—Join our support group and get some insight about raising children a second time around. We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10 am in the large conference room. At The Crawford Senior Center located at 108 Wayah St, Franklin. Call 828-349-2058 and ask for Kim Crawford for more information.

Third Tuesday of each month—Haywood County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets third Tuesday of each month from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at Three Oaks Studio located at 59 Pigeon St, Waynesville. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to haywoodchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.haywood

Third Thursday of each month—Grandparent/Caregiver Info/Support Group—Are you a grandparent or family caregiver of a child? Or children?? Do you sometimes wonder how many people are in the same boat? Do you ever think “Things have changed since I grew up” and feel you could use information and support? Clay County Schools is offering an opportunity for caregivers to connect, identify helpful information/resources needed for grandparents/caregivers and for them to support each other. If interested in attending the Grandparent/Caregiver Info-Support Group please RSVP to Terri Hager, Outreach Worker for Clay County Schools at 828-389-8586 ext. 4225 or cell: 828-361-2776. Please leave a message.
Childcare/snacks provided. Location is Hayesville Elementary School/Media Center from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. Park AFTER 3:20 at HES Parking Circle.

Third Thursday of each month—Buncombe County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC meeting. Group meets third Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. Held at First Baptist Church located at 5 Oak St, Asheville. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to buncombechapter@autismsociety-nc.org or http://www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.buncombe

Third Friday of each month—Moms’ Connection—Meets at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church located at 495 Herbert Hills Dr, Hayesville from 10 am to 12 pm. Offers support, fellowship and fun for moms of kids 0-5 years. Free childcare. For more information contact Susan Gray at 828-361-7175. Visit the Facebook page at momsconnectionhayesville.

Fourth Monday of each month—Adolescent Support Group for Chronic Medical Conditions 4 PM – 5 PM.
Are you a teenager with a medical condition? Do you wish that you could talk to others in similar conditions? This group will be a welcoming, non-judgmental, safe place for you to share your experiences and struggles, laugh with each other, and build a sense of community. Group will meet in the Reuter’s Outpatient Building of Mission Children’s Hospital, in the Chapel. Participants must have a current Mission Outpatient provider. For more information contact Sarah Kirkpatrick at 828-213-1869 or Sarah.kirkpatrick@msj.org.

Smart Start (SS) / Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) Team Meetings—Cherokee County meets the 1st Wednesday of each month starting @ 1:00 PM; Clay County meets the 1st Thursday of each month starting @ 1:30 PM; Graham County meets the 2nd Thursday of each month starting @ 9:30 AM; Haywood County meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting @ 10:30 AM; Jackson County meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting @ 12 noon; Macon County meets the 4th Thursday of the month starting @ 12 noon; and, Swain County meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting @ 10:00 AM. Holidays and weather may cancel the meeting. For more details contact Jody Miller at jmiller@rapc.org.

Monday through Friday—Car Seat Clinic—8 am – 4 pm (closed for lunch 12 pm – 12:45 pm). Held in the Beloved Women and Children’s Building (73 Kaiser Wilnoty Rd, Cherokee). Must have correct amount. Child must be present. EBCI enrollment card (parent or child). Car seats cost $20 for infant, convertible, combination or high back booster. Questions about clinic or car seats please contact Savannah Farmer at 828-359-6216.

A Monday of the Month—Macon County Support Group for Foster/Adoptive Caregivers—Meets from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Watauga Baptist Church located at 658 Watauga Church Rd, Franklin. Open to all foster/adoptive caregivers. Entrée is provided and attendees bring a covered dish to share. For more information and to find out what month the meeting for this month is going to be contact Stacey Messer at Macon DSS at 828-349-2124.

December 2, 2019—Depression: From Surviving to Thriving—12:30 pm am to 1:30 pm. Depressive symptoms often present themselves through feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. In this course, we examine different types, common causes, symptoms and treatment methods for depression focusing on moving from a place of simply surviving to one of thriving. Being held at Cashiers Senior Center located at 217 Frank Allen Rd, Cashiers. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 4, 2019—Anxiety: Calming the Anxious Mind—10 am to 11:30 am. Anxiety can be a debilitating force in one’s life. At times, so debilitating that it interferes with the ability to manage one’s own activities of daily living. When this happens, it’s important to know that there are supports available to treat and assist in the management of symptoms. This curriculum focuses on different types of Anxiety Disorders specifically detailing ones more commonly noted in the older adults and interventions available to assist in calming the anxious mind. Being held at Clay Senior Center located at 196 Ritter Rd, Hayesville. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 5, 2019—Social Security Disability Clinic— Attend a free clinic on social security disability. Learn about the types of adult social security disability benefits, how to qualify, the application process, and what you will need to show to prove that you are entitled to benefits. You will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic is held in locations throughout the state. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Also being held at Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/social-security-disability. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

December 10, 2019—Child Custody and Visitation Clinic—Attend the free child custody and visitation clink to learn how to file a child custody action in court without an attorney. You will also learn about visitation. You will be provided with a packet of legal forms and instructions, and you will watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/child-custody-and-visitation. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

December 11, 2019—Dementia and Psychosis Behavior: What you Need to Know—10 am to 12 pm– In this class, case review and activities, are used to identify frequent challenging behaviors associated with dementia and psychosis. Participants review factors that may trigger behaviors and discuss prevention and
intervention strategies. Being held at J Robert Penland Senior Center located at 69 Alpine St, Murphy. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 12, 2019—Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Open Enrollment Event—Haywood County Library—Canton Branch located at 11 Pennsylvania Avenue. 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Make an individual appointment for free, unbiased help with enrollment or walk in. Call Mountain Projects, Inc. at 828-452-1447.

December 12, 2019—Employee Rights Clinic—Attend the free clinic on employee rights. Topics include employment at will, right to work, discrimination, retaliation, and unemployment benefits. We will give you a packet of legal information, and you will watch an informational video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. The clinic will not provide you with specific individual legal advice. The clinic is held in locations throughout the state. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Also being held at Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/employee-rights. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

December 16, 2019—Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Invisible Scars—10 am to 12 pm. This presentation explores relevant information pertinent to traumatic events and experiences. Through classroom conversation and exercises, participants learn ways to support individuals who may have experienced a traumatic event; which may lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Resiliency methods will be employed as methods to treat and heal the invisible scars. Being held at Jackson County Senior Center located at 100 County Services Park Dr, Sylva. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 17, 2019—Depression: From Surviving to Thriving—10:30 pm am to 11:30 am. Depressive symptoms often present themselves through feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. In this course, we examine different types, common causes, symptoms and treatment methods for depression focusing on moving from a place of simply surviving to one of thriving. Being held at John Welch Senior Center located at 3302 Airport Rd, Marble. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 18, 2019—A Rainbow of Mental Health: An Introduction—9:30 am to 11 am. An introductory course designed to support an understanding of the most commonly diagnosed mental health related conditions in the aged population. This curriculum takes a person-centered approach to understanding classifications and care delivery. Being held at Canton Senior Center located at 1 Pigeon St, Canton. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 19, 2019—Suicide Indicators, Response and Prevention—10 am to 11 am. This course focuses on the indicators and risk factors of suicide in older adults as related to current statistical data. In addition, this course explains methods of suicide response and keys to prevention. Being held at Maggie Valley Nutrition Site located at 3987 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

December 19, 2019—Simple Divorce Clinic– Attend our free Simple Divorce Clinic to learn how to file a simple divorce action in court without hiring an attorney. You will receive a packet of legal documents and watch an instructional video. A volunteer attorney will be available to answer general questions. Filing for divorce affects your rights to property division, spousal support, and alimony. You could lose important rights by filing for divorce. If you wish to pursue property division, spousal support, or alimony, you should consult with a private attorney to discuss your legal rights before filing. You are welcome to attend the clinic for general information, but the clinic does NOT specifically address these issues. The clinic will provide you with general legal information and guidance only. The clinic will not provide you with specific, individual legal advice. If you need more help after the clinic, call our toll-free Helpline to apply for help. The clinic is held in locations throughout the state. The clinic is being held at the Jackson County Public Library located at 310 Keener St, Sylva from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Also being held at Andrews Public Library located at 871 Main St, Andrews. Use this link to register: http://www.legalaidnc.org/get-help/self-help-clinics/simple-divorce. For more information contact Legal Aid of NC at 1-866-219-5262.

December 23, 2019—Depression: From Surviving to Thriving—10:30 pm am to 11:30 am. Depressive symptoms often present themselves through feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. In this course, we examine different types, common causes, symptoms and treatment methods for depression focusing on moving from a place of simply surviving to one of thriving. Being held at Andrews Nutrition Site located at 54 Park St, Andrews. For more information please contact Leslie Lawson at 828-759-2160 or leslie.lawson@vayahealth.com.

January 8, 2020—1 2 3 Play with Me—A five-week session for parents and caregivers of toddlers 6 months to 3 years old). Family units come to a room filled with toys that encourage creative play and art exploration. For one hour, participants explore these learning stations followed by a short circle time of singing songs and reciting rhymes. If you have any questions please call 828-356-2563 or email Deanna Lyles at Deanna.lyles@haywoodcountync.gov.

Cherokee Language Storytelling Workshop

November 1, 2019: The Region A Partnership for Children (RAPC) wishes to thank Dr. Hartwell Francis, Education Curriculum Developer, at the Kituwah Preservation & Education Program for a successful Storytelling Workshop.

Dr. Francis has been working closely with RAPC with a generous grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation to help childcare professionals teaching in the Qualla Boundary to incorporate Cherokee Language Early Literacy into the curriculum.

For more information about the Region A Partnership for Children’s Cherokee Language Project and Cherokee Language Early Literacy initiatives, please feel free to contact us at myazan@rapc.org.

We are very appreciative of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and Western Carolina University for their contributions and dedication to this initiate.

Presenter bios

Kathi Littlejohn (EBCI)
Cherokee Storyteller and Historian, Cherokee, NC
Kathi Littlejohn is an enrolled member in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She began telling stories in 1986. She has been a featured artist at numerous events, including the Smithsonian National American Indian Museum, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and the Smoky Mountain National Park. She combines Cherokee history, stories, and special sites in her YouTube video series “What Happened Here?” Her Cherokee story recordings Cherokee Stories Volumes I-III are available at shops in Cherokee, NC or from her directly.

Deanna Lyles, MLS
Children’s Librarian, Canton Library
I have been reading stories to children for years as a teacher and a librarian. Presently, I am the Children’s Librarian at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library. I conduct several storytimes a week for preschool aged children both in the library and in local childcare centers. Storytimes include songs, rhymes, music, movement and, of course, great books. My goal is to create a fun filled, active environment where children can use their whole bodies to be engaged in literacy and language development.

Cathy Grist, Ph.D.
Birth-Kindergarten Program, Western Carolina University
Dr. Grist is a Professor and Director of the Birth-Kindergarten Program at Western Carolina University. She teaches courses in assessment and intervention for young children with disabilities. Her research interests include preschool personality, assessment, social-emotional competence in young children, and behavioral issues. She also provides psychological and behavioral assessments for preschool age children in a local school system. She works with teachers of young children to teach social-emotional skills through literacy.

Myra Watson, MAEd., NBCT
Birth-Kindergarten Program, Western Carolina University
Myra is an Instructor in the Birth-Kindergarten Program at Western Carolina University. Prior to working in higher education, she taught in multiple early childhood settings, including 9 years as a kindergarten teacher. Myra believes in the power of books and stories to help children make connections between their personal experiences and the world. She enjoys storytelling using props, songs, movement, and high-quality children’s literature.

Louise (Yogisi) Brown E.B.C.I
Cherokee Language Educator and Yoga Instructor, Cherokee, NC
Yogisi is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She was born in the Snowbird community where her parents and grandparents were Cherokee fluent speakers. She has a passion for the Cherokee Language and has taught at New Kituwah and within the tribe as a Cherokee Language instructor for 15 years. She took yoga classes for her own health and wellness and this grew into a desire to teach yoga and language to children. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2019 and is
currently teaching yoga to approximately 300 preschool kids a month. She also works at Western Carolina University as a translator and consult in the Cherokee Studies program.

Rose James RN
Registered Nurse, Anthropologist, and Yoga Therapy Instructor
Rose began her career doing archaeology at Ravensford where the current Cherokee Central School is located. When she wanted to start a family, she went to nursing school and found her passion to be with chronic disease prevention. She loves and is employed with Cherokee Choices a chronic disease prevention program for 8 years. Yoga and Chronic Disease prevention go hand and hand and so she along with Yogisi teach over 300 kids a month and plenty of adult classes in-between for Cherokee Choices.

NOW HIRING: Early Childhood Community Organizer

Early Childhood Community Organizer

Purpose

The Purpose of the Early Childhood Community Organizer is to engage families, community stakeholders and all service providers in meaningful and planful communication to ensure that comprehensive and coordinated services are available for young children and their families in the county. 

The Organizer will ensure effective and ongoing communication among all groups and stakeholders in order to achieve reading readiness and proficiency in 3rd grade for all children.

Bachelor’s degree in related field with minimum 2 years community engagement.  Please download Job Description and Applicant Requirements below:

Qualified applicants may submit a Cover Letter and Resume to: Janice M. Edgerton, Executive Director, jedgerton@rapc.org. Region A Partnership for Children, 116 Jackson St. Sylva, NC 28779.  

Now Hiring: Parents As Teachers

The Region A Partnership for Children seeks qualified applicants for full time positions to carry out the Parents as Teachers program home visiting program in partnership with families with children ages prenatal to five in Jackson and Haywood Counties. Parents as Teachers provides family support and developmental information through home visits, group support meetings and referral to other providers.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Early Education or a related field and at least two years of related experience working with families and young children is required.    

Position open until filled. Health, retirement and generous vacation package provided. Salary commensurate with qualifications.  Only professional resumes accompanied by cover letters will be considered.

Qualified applicants may submit a Cover Letter and Resume to: Janice M. Edgerton, Executive Director, jedgerton@rapc.org. Region A Partnership for Children, 116 Jackson St. Sylva, NC 28779.  

Please see Parents as Teachers Parent Educator Job Description for complete information:

#GivingTuesday2018

#GivingTuesday #RAPC #SmartStart

Through the Region A Partnership for Children, your generous financial commitment goes a long way to helping children and families in your community.  You can help make a difference by donating your time and experience to help grow and make our programs successful at: https://rapc.org

#RAPC  #GivingTuesday2018 #SmartStart

Become a Champion for Children! The Region A Partnership for Children can provide you with many opportunities to get involved with your community. Your expertise and time are greatly appreciated. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to seek volunteer opportunities within the community, please contact us. If you are a student and are interested in possible service learning opportunities, please let us know. We may be able to partner with your school or class on local projects.

Your Financial Support is Greatly Appreciated!
You can help make a difference in your community by donating your time and experience to help grow and make our programs successful.

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by people just like you. Your financial donation is greatly appreciated. We hope you will help us develop a strong program of educational and informational resources as we expand our services toward building greater community partnerships and quality programming and services to families in our region. For more information visit: https://rapc.org/take-action/

Request for Proposals

Smart Start 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

The Region A Partnership for Children is accepting proposals from qualified contractors to provide Smart Start funded activities for the fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Proposals for evidenced-based activities that will support the early development of children and the goals of Smart Start in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina will be considered by the Region A Partnership for Children Board of Directors. The proposals for activities that may be funded through Smart Start for Health, Early Care and Education and Family Support programs serving children and families birth through kindergarten must be received by the Region A Partnership for Children by January 18, 2019 by 5pm including all required documentation.

See more at: https://rapc.org/rfp/

Parents As Teachers Recruitment Time!

Parents as Teachers is free for families through Smart Start and the Region A Partnership for Children. 

Please share this information with families who have children prenatal to five years of age. We are able to add more family to our programs in Clay County, Cherokee County, Jackson County, and soon, Haywood County. If interested, please contact us at 828.586.0661  or  officemanager@regionakids.org.

Jessica Gonzalez, Jackson County Parents as Teachers Educator is available now to visit families in Jackson County in their homes to offer information and resources that will help prepare young children to have the best start in life. Ms. Gonzalez is a trained Parent Educator in the nationally recognized, evidenced based Parents as Teachers home visiting program that focuses on healthy child development, school readiness and family well-being to create great opportunities for children to reach their full potential. 

Sharon Nichols, Cherokee County Parents as Teachers Educator is available now to visit families in Cherokee County in their homes to offer information and resources that will help prepare young children to have the best start in life. Ms. Nichols is a trained Parent Educator in the nationally recognized, evidenced based Parents as Teachers home visiting program that focuses on healthy child development, school readiness and family well-being to create great opportunities for children to reach their full potential.

Hope Burch, Clay County Parents as Teachers Educator is available now to visit families in Clay County in their homes to offer information and resources that will help prepare young children to have the best start in life. Ms. Burch is a trained Parent Educator in the nationally recognized, evidenced based Parents as Teachers home visiting program that focuses on healthy child development, school readiness and family well-being to create great opportunities for children to reach their full potential.

Jamilah Dixon, Haywood County Parents as Teachers Educator is available now to visit families in Haywood County in their homes to offer information and resources that will help prepare young children to have the best start in life. Ms. Dixon is a trained Parent Educator in the nationally recognized, evidenced based Parents as Teachers home visiting program that focuses on healthy child development, school readiness and family well-being to create great opportunities for children to reach their full potential.

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) National model, funded locally by Smart Start and the Region A Partnership for Children, is designed to help parents raise healthy, successful children by giving them hands-on support and effective learning tools during the critical first years of life.

PAT focuses on early childhood development and education for children ages prenatal through age five. The program operates with the understanding that parents are most influential as each child’s teacher and by providing for their health care needs during the most critical period of development.

PAT home visits occur at least monthly depending on the agreement reached between the family and the PAT Educator. Families will also be invited to participate each month in group meetings to develop great connections with other families and to share interests and resources about child development and family activities.

For more information about this great opportunity or to enroll in Parents as Teachers, contact us at officemanager@regionakids.org

The Region A Partnership for Children is the non-profit organization that manages Smart Start and NC Pre-K programs along with other early education, health and family support initiatives for young children and their families in the seven westernmost NC counties and the Qualla Boundary.

Requests for Proposals

Full details available at RAPC.org/cfp

The Region A Partnership for Children in accepting proposals from qualified contractors to provide Smart Start activities.

Two contracts are currently open until filled. Child Care Health Consultant in Macon County and Parents As Teachers Home Visiting Program in Swain County for the 2018-2019 (current) fiscal year.

Proposals must be received by the Region A Partnership for Children by October 26, 2018 at 5pm including required documentation.

Instructions and Required Documentation: Requests for Proposals