If you know of any free or low cost local events for families and children, will you please share the event information on our page or invite the event organizer to share?
We are often asked about local family-friendly events and unfortunately don't always hear about them. Any family-friendly event open to the public is certainly welcomed to be shared on our page! Thank you ~murat ... See MoreSee Less
Join NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH The Sesame Street in Communities Team Transylvania County's Get Set Early Childhood Initiative and Brevard College for the NC Early Childhood Action Plan Presentation and Workshop Thursday, March 21, 2019, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Brevard College's Porter Center for Performing Arts
Please take some time and read this article and thank our child care professionals for all their amazing work. They are some of the least paid teachers in our State and still manage to love our children as their own. ~MuratIn celebration of 45 years, this March, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) will be sharing videos from early childhood care and education industry expert... ... See MoreSee Less
The Region A Partnership for Children provides the following programs for Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Qualla Boundary in our community:
• Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library • Smart Start Child Care Subsidy • NC Pre-K • WAGE$ • Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC) • Parents As Teachers (PAT) • Family Support Network (FSN) / Community Engagement Coordination • Raising A Reader (RAR) • Reach Out and Read (ROR) • Regional Training: Child Care Quality Enhancement • Smart Start Subsidy Service Coordination (through Southwestern Child Development Commission) • Program Evaluation • Project Management and Support Contact us for more information! ... See MoreSee Less
We increased the Smart Start WAGE$ supplement for this full fiscal year to Tier II meaning child care professionals will receive a higher supplement for the two periods of the fiscal year because we increased the WAGE$ allocation for this year. The Region A Partnership for Children is proud to offer services and assistance to families and children of western North Carolina. Please contact us if you would like more information! And share this wonderful news!Did you know that you may be eligible for WAGE$ if you work part-time? WAGE$ participants only have to work 10 hours per week with children birth to five in order to qualify for WAGE$. However, if you work fewer than 35 hours per week, your supplement will be adjusted to reflect your part-time schedule. To learn more about the other eligibility requirements for WAGE$ click here: https://www.childcareservices.org/wages-nc/do-i-qualify/ ... See MoreSee Less
What are teachers are saying: “Thank you so much for the financial participation in showing early educators like myself that you value the part we take in children’s lives.” (Cherokee, teacher)
“I think it is important because it relieves stress that sometimes comes from not making enough money.” (Clay, teacher)
“Because people working in this field are so underpaid, this supplement helps us want to stay with this field and not move on to better paying jobs.” (Graham, teacher)
“WAGE$ means so much to both me and my family! As a mother of two myself, it has helped to take off some of the financial strains. It seems that I have always received my check at just the right time when I’ve needed it! I’m not sure what I would do without this program. It is such a blessing in my life and I thank God for all the people working behind the scenes to make it happen.” (Haywood, teacher)
“Without the support of WAGE$, I wouldn’t be able to go to school and work. The program allows me to be worry free, in a way, about my bills. WAGE$ provides a little bit of security. I buy my books for school, pay any unforeseen bills and if I have a little extra, I can buy things for my classroom!!” (Jackson, teacher)
“It makes a huge difference. It has caused me to stay in my field and be able to gain experience and training in child care, while I am able to support myself and my six-year-old as a single parent. I feel very grateful. I feel proud of my job and take it more seriously. I encourage co-workers to pursue education, letting them know the benefits WAGE$ gives and how helpful it has been to me.” (Macon, teacher)
“It helps us become stronger for the children and helps us stay in our program. Thank you.” (Swain, teacher)
Work in a participating/funded county
Work with children ages birth to five
Work at least 10 hours per week
Work in a licensed child care program
Have a level of education appearing on the Child Care WAGE$® Supplement Scale
Please share. I hope our region will be well represented at this summit. Lets encourage our business leaders to attend. The Family Forward NC Summit is for employers and business and community leaders who want to attract and retain top talent, support child health and well-being, help close the skills gap and support future workforce development. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to start or continue conversation and action about benefits within their own organization. familyforwardnc.com/summit/... See MoreSee Less
Incredible storyThank you to Kristal Cherry and Cassie Rogers for teaching us all about how to have a healthy smile at Waynesville Head Start today!
Look at those shiny teeth! ... See MoreSee Less
Are you a relentlessly optimistic nonprofit leader who believes we can accomplish more together than any one of us can on our own? The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is looking for a ...
Is your child's ZipCode tied to their success? Where you live matters: youtu.be/52KuhCpiOUEThe Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (www.http://gradelevelreading.net) is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities ... ... See MoreSee Less