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. Parents and children attend together. The program is free and open to all families in Carteret County. There is an application process with slots filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Due to the large number of families interested in the program, an attendance policy is in place.
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 one class per week and that class will be the same day and time each week. *Please note the program does have an Attendance Policy.
Families are welcome to call (252-727-0440) or come by the office at any time to fill out an Application. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 starting May 1, 2018.
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.
Click here for more information on the other programs we offer.
If you have suggestions about help for parents of young children, e-mail us or call us at 727-0440.
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