The Carteret County Partnership for Children’s Early Education Outreach Program offers Story Explorers – a part-time early education parent/child preschool program. The program serves children 0-3 years of age. (**Children cannot turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020 to participate in the 2020-2021 program** – Older siblings cannot attend weekly Story Explorer classes, but can attend community field trips.**)Parents and children attend together. The program is free and open to all families living in Carteret County. There is an application process with slots filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Only new families need to apply.
Story Explorers runs from September through May. We have classes at 9:30 and 11:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each class is 1 1/2 hours in length. Families participate in the same class each week. A parent or caregiver remains with the child(ren) during the weekly class.
Applications can be found HERE or are available at the Carteret Smart Start office. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 starting June 1, 2020. Once the classes are full, we will begin a wait list for all days and times. Families will be notified of their child’s acceptance into the program by August 15, 2020. If you have not received a response by this date, please assume your family is on the wait list. You will be contacted when there is an opening. If you have any questions, please e-mail Tara (twilleford @carteretkids.org) or Lisa (email@example.com) or call 252-727-0440.
Reach Out and Read is a national program that works with local pediatricians to “prescribe” reading to young children and their families during well-child visits. Children receive books with each visit and parents receive information on early literacy and the importance of reading aloud.
Parents may also access our Resource Library in the Partnership office. Children’s books, toys, and parent-teacher resources can be borrowed for a fee of $10.00 a year. The materials are labeled for different age groups from infant through school age. Staff members are always available to help you find what you need.
Click on the Community Resources link for other help you may need for other agencies and services you may need for your child.
Our newsletter, Smart Start Stuff, is printed bi-monthly and contains articles about child development and parenting as well as a calendar with fun daily activities, age appropriate learning, a review of seasonal children’s books and playgroup sites and events.
Child Care Resource and Referral, a program of the Partnership, offers guidance to parents who are seeking childcare in legally operating centers and family childcare homes. You can learn about the star-rated licensing system from CCR&R Director, Cynthia Jackson.
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If you have suggestions about help for parents of young children, e-mail us or call us at 727-0440.
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