We are pleased to provide and/or fund many programs that promote Smart Start’s ideas of helping all children in NC enter school healthy, motivated and ready to succeed. For further information on any of the programs listed below or to support Carteret Smart Start, contact the office at (252) 727-0440.
The Carteret County Department of Social Services helps working families subsidize the cost of childcare, placing children in childcare centers/Family Childcare Homes that have earned 4 stars or above.
Child Care Resource and Referral
CCR&R provides training and technical support to licensed/legally operating childcare centers and homes. It coordinates training, provides individualized technical assistance, counsels parents on childcare options, and collects data concerning childcare throughout the county. CCR&R maintains a resource library at the Partnership office that is available to both providers and the community.
If you are a parent looking for information on available child care, please contact the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children at (855) 730-5798, or click here to visit the Child Links site.
If you are a child care provider looking for training opportunities, please click here for our current training calendar.
Early Education Outreach
Early Education Outreach offers a literacy based parent/child part-day preschool. The preschool experience provides hands-on learning opportunities for both children and parents. It is a time that parents can learn the importance of play in a young child’s development. Parents can also network and form support groups with other parents in similar situations. *Children cannot turn 4 years old on or before September 1, 2019 to participate in the 2019-2020 program.
The program is free and open to all families in Carteret County, however there is an Application process with slots filled on a first-come first-serve basis. In addition, due to the large number of interested families, there is an Attendance Policy. If a family misses more than 2 times per month, they will be asked to get prior approval or provide documentation for the absence. Non-compliance with the attendance policy will result in dismissal from the program.
Classes are available at 9:30 am and 11:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Each class is 1 1/2 hours long. Families participate in one class per week. The class will be on the same day and at the same time each week.
Applications for the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 year will not be accepted before May 1, 2019. Applications can be e-mailed (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), mailed (3328-A Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557) or dropped off at the Carteret Smart Start office. Once all classes are filled, we will begin a wait list for all days and times. Families will be notified of their child’s acceptance in to the Story Explorers program by August 1, 2019.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children, and ensure that every child born has book, regardless of their family’s income. Children receive an age-appropriate book each month up to their 5th birthday.
This in-home family support and parent empowerment program utilizes a strength-based approach while providing education, support and additional resource information to families with children ages prenatal through 3 years old. Through regular visits parents gain valuable information and insights into their children and themselves.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read works cooperatively with local pediatricians to “prescribe” reading to young children and families during well-child visits. In addition to children receiving books, parents receive information on early literacy and the importance of reading aloud.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The program ensures accountability for Carteret Smart Start services through evaluation and monitoring.
Carteret Smart Start subsidizes centers to offset the cost of reducing child/staff ratios. In return for paying the extra teacher, we require that ratios be kept at a much lower rate than mandated by the state, and that teachers pursue a higher level of education.
The program, through funding from Carteret Smart Start, provides high quality early education to at-risk 4-year olds in public school and private childcare facilities.
Home-Based Family Therapy
Through funding from Carteret Smart Start, home-based family therapy and case management are provided to those children with risk factors that have been associated with the development of negative outcomes later in life. Researchers have determined that certain risk factors exist during early childhood that contribute to later school failure, psychiatric illness, criminal involvement, vocational instability and poor social relationships. The family preservation model provides real logistical support to overwhelmed parents, fosters positive parent-child relationships, assists in the development of household consistency, fosters competence and self-confidence in the child and connects the child and parent with a caring mentor.