The Jones County Partnership for Children is recruiting Jones County families and children for participation in the following programs:
The NC Pre-K Program, administered by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), is designed to provide high quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four- year old children. Children served by NCPK typically attend a full day of school of 6.5 hours over a 10 month school year and may be served in classrooms in public schools, licensed child care centers, or Head Start Programs. The program serves children who are four years old by August 31st, will be entering kindergarten the following year, and are at risk for poor school outcomes. The program is community based, voluntary, and designed to prepare at-risk four year olds in North Carolina for success in school.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to five years old, no matter their family's income. In 1995, Dolly Parton lanched an exciting new program to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. In 2017, North Carolina's state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library across the state of North Carolina. Through support from the state of North Carolina and the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Jones County Partnership for Children partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to get books into the hands of Jones County children, birth to five years. Age appropriate books are mailed once a month to children of Jones County and it's FREE!
The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent, as well as treat, behavioral and emotional problems in children. The program aims to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to develop successful parenting skills that lead to healthy, happy, resilient children. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children's behavior, and prevent problems from developing. And because all families are different, Triple P has a range of ways to to accomplish a goal that aims to prevent problems in the family, school, and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.
The Child Care Resource & Referral Program through Jones County Partnership for Children provides professional development and training, technical assistance, and data collection to improve children's access to quality child care and help ensure children have the early experiences they need. The interrelated set of services to families, child care providers, employers, and communities that encompass CCR&R facilitate access to early care and education and school-age child care options for families; improve the quality of those child care options; and provide objective information for planning and policy development to the public and private sectors. The Lending Library offers services, books, toys, and teacher materials to members.