Serving Early Childhood in McDowell, Rutherford & Polk CountiesNavigation
Research shows that funding birth to five programs is the best way to maximize taxpayers’ investments in education. With investments in quality early childhood education, children will be school ready, have higher graduation rates, and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.Read More
The Partnership for Children of the Foothills partners with child care providers to create effective early learning programs by offering professional development, technical assistance, and funding. The Partnership’s in-house Quality Enhancement program serving Rutherford, Polk and McDowell, provides child care training, technical assistance, and resources for early childhood educators working in licensed childcare facilities serving children birth to five years old . These include in-service training workshops, technical assistance visits, delivery of on-site training, and support to centers and homes preparing for Environmental Rating Scale assessment. The program supports perspective businesses and existing centers and homes, which are preparing for re-assessment and provides assistance to directors in helping their teaching staff reach professional development goals. Child Care WAGE$ This project provides eligible child care professionals with education-based supplements in Rutherford and Polk. Supplements are issued to teachers, directors, and family child care providers based on education attained. Research shows children benefit from stable relationships with well-educated teachers. Children’s Services Network provides intensive, one-on-one technical assistance for early childhood professionals in McDowell as they pursue higher educational goals. A limited number of supplements are awarded to teachers and administrators who achieve goals identified on individual professional development plans. Child Care Enhancements Licensed child care centers and family child care homes serving subsidized children that obtain 4 – 5 stars may be eligible for financial support. The program helps support high-quality child care facilities that serve low-income children. In Rutherford and Polk, the program is administered by the Department of Social Services. In McDowell, enhancements are administered by Southwestern Child Development. Quality Support Bonus Project This project will make available quarterly facility bonuses to licensed 4 and 5 star rated early childhood programs in...Read More
The first few years of a child’s life are the most critical years of brain development. It is crucial that children receive high quality early care and education to ensure they enter school ready to succeed.
The Partnership for Children of the Foothills partners with child care providers to create effective early learning programs by offering professional development, technical assistance, and funding.