Smart Start Funded Programs for 2014-2015

Child Advocacy Services
Robeson County Department of Social Services
(910) 671-6200
Program Description: Child Advocacy Coordination services for children birth to five and their families. Available services include group and individual in-home parenting sessions, education, technical assistance, and workshops focusing on child abuse/neglect awareness and prevention for childcare providers and the community. Age-appropriate sessions may also be periodically conducted for children birth to five in child care settings.  Additional services include coordination and facilitation of Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings for referral cases.
Email: tonia.hayes-alleyne@dss.co.robeson.nc.us
Email: juaconda.mcmilliam@dss.co.robeson.nc.us
Email: anthony.dial@dss.co.robeson.nc.us

Child Care Subsidy
Robeson County Department of Social Services
(910) 671-3720
Program Description: Assists in making child care accessible and affordable to the families of Robeson County.
Email: carla.bass@dss.co.robeson.nc.us

Dolly Parton Imagination
United Way of Robeson County
(910) 739-4249
Program Description: The Dolly Parton Imagination Library will help your young child develop pre-literacy skills by mailing you child free books once a month. All preschool children (birth to five) that live in Robeson County are eligible. A parent or legal guardian must submit an official registration form to the United Way of Robeson County, 2512-A Fayetteville Rd. Lumberton, NC 28358. Registration forms may be downloaded from the United Way of Robeson County website www.unitedwayrobeson.org or requested by calling the United Way office.

Environment Quality Star Tracks
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.
(910) 738-6767, Ext: 286
Program Description: Childcare facilities are made aware of the components of quality care to enhance their facility using the Environment Rating Scales.  Assessments of licensed facilities allow for quality enhancement materials.  Technical assistance and maintenance is also provided. As part of the quality enhancement component, childcare providers have access to information, materials, and services provided by the Smart Start Resource Center. The Resource Center delivers materials to participating facilities and provide technical assistance as needed.
Email: qespec@rcpartnership4children.org

Homespun Nurturing Peer Counselor Program
Robeson County Health Department
(910) 671-3274
Program Description: Provides breastfeeding support and education to pregnant women and their families.  Emphasis is placed on breastfeeding education and promotions as well as referring women and children to a primary medical home.
Email: monica.mcvicker@hth.co.robeson.nc.us

NC Pre-K Transportation
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.
(910) 738-6767 ext. 291
Program Description: Provides transportation services for eligible four year olds to attend Robeson County’s NC Pre-K program at private child care centers. The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness in eligible four year olds.
Email: ncpkspec@rcpartnership4children.org

Nurse Family Partnership
Robeson County Health Department
(910) 671-3419
Program Description: Highly educated nurses visit eligible women in their homes during their first pregnancy and throughout the first two years of their children’s lives.  The program is a statewide initiative following a national model that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes and child health through primary prevention.  Additionally, the program seeks to improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family through personal development goals.
Email: cindy.herndon@hth.co.robeson.nc.us
Email: darlene.gold@hth.co.robeson.nc.us

Parents as Teachers
Robeson County Health Department
(910) 738-6767, Ext: 246,245,250
Program Description: A proven home visiting model offering parents regularly scheduled personal home visits, group meetings, and developmental screenings for children as well as a network of resources. A home/school/community partnership that begins at birth and extends to age five.
Email: debra.b.patterson@hth.co.robeson.nc.us
Email: Elizabeth.cohen@hth.co.robeson.nc.us
Email: niakeya.jones@hth.co.robeson.nc.us

Professional Development Services
Robeson Community College
(910) 272-3700
Program Description:  Provides services for licensed child care facilities in Robeson County. Services include professional development plans to assist child care providers and center plans to assist child care directors. The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and My Teaching Partner will also be utilized. Professional Development Awards (formerly known as Educational Award) will be offered to eligible participants. Training and technical assistance are also available.
Email: kcarmical@robeson.edu
Email: amcgirt@robeson.edu

Program Coordination, Community Education, and Evaluation
Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc.
(910)738-6767
Program Description:  These programs comprise quality improvement and quality assurance activities including data collection and information management, monitoring, evaluation, technical assistance, and training to support effective implementation of programs and strategies. Outreach, information and resources are strategies used to build awareness of early childhood development and resources to improve access to and quality and efficiency of services and outcomes for young children.
Email: progspec@rcpartnership4children.org

Shining Stars Preschool
Public Schools of Robeson County
(910) 671-4343 (Lumberton) or (910) 521-0559 (Pembroke)
Program Description:  Shining Stars, a nationally accredited, five-star program, serves children ages three to five years of age, both typically developing children and children with moderate to profound disabilities. Shining Stars offers enrichment and educational activities found in other inclusive preschools, plus therapeutic services, and a strong family involvement component
Email: Mary.schultz@robeson.k12.nc.us
Email: Meghan.miller@robeson.k12.nc.us