Early Education Programs

Ready Infant Toddler Classroom Initiative

Child Care Services Association

The Ready Infant Toddler Classroom Initiative (RITC) will work with existing 3, 4, and/or 5-star child care centers to improve the quality of services provided in the infant and toddler classroom. RITC will use a comprehensive approach which will include onsite coaching and professional development to improve the quality of infant-toddler learning environments and create classrooms to serve as model sites for other programs. Programs seeking to improve infant and toddler classrooms will receive support through a variety of strategies that include on-site consultation, quality improvement and professional development planning, and specialized training. This project will build upon the previous project completed 2016-2018 by using the model classrooms and programs that were developed as a resource for new programs participating in the project.

Contact: Monnie Griggs 919-403-6950 MonnieG@childcareservices.org

Time to Read

Orange County Library

The Time to Read project will work to serve children ages birth to five in northern Orange County by providing support and resources to childcare teachers, parents and cargivers. Time to Read will support teachers with Story Exploring training followed by coaching, mentoring, and consultation services. Teachers will be delivered Storytime-to-Go thematic book bags to enhance literacy activities in their classrooms.

Contact: Andrea Tullos 919-245-2529

Child Care Subsidy

Orange County Dept. of Social Services

This activity will provide child care subsidy includgin program administration; family outreach and application; eligibility determination; payment processing; annua; recertification; and reporting. Financial assitance will be paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of care and enhancements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families eligible or Child Care Development Fund eligible familes. This activity will be omplemented through the state-level subsidy contract and will be governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Local Partnership and the Local Purchasing Agency.

Contact: Tina Clark PO Box 8181 Hillsborough, NC 27278 919-245-2849 cclark@co.orange.nc.us

Child Care Subsidy Enhancements

Orange County Partnership for Young Children

Financial assistance will be paid on a direct per child basis for the purpose of enhancing the NC Pre-K rate for children enrolled in and being served through NC Pre-K and whose families are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the Child Care and Development Fund. Does NOT include wrap-around care. Data will be reported as directed by the Division of Child Development and Early Education. Enhancements are available for NC Pre-K sites that are public school sites, private sites and Head Start/Early Start sites. Enhancements are not pro-rated for partial attendance months.

Contact: Linda Hindman 919-967-9091 lhindman@orangesmartstart.org