Early Education Programs

Ready Infant Toddler Classroom Initiative

Child Care Services Association

The Ready Infant Toddler Classroom Initiative (RITC) works 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 uses a comprehensive approach, which includes 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, including consultation, quality improvement and professional development planning, and specialized training. This project builds upon work completed in 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 serves children ages birth to five in northern Orange County by providing support and resources to childcare teachers, parents and caregivers. Time to Read supports teachers with Story Exploring training followed by coaching, mentoring, and consultation services. Teachers have access to 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 supports child care subsidy. Financial assistance provided on a direct per child basis for the purchase of care for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families eligible or Child Care Development Fund eligible familes. This program includes program administration; family outreach and application; eligibility determination; payment processing; annual recertification; and reporting. This activity is implemeted through the state-level subsidy contract.

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 is paid on a direct per child basis for the purpose of enhancing subsidy rate in a limited number of 4- and 5-star centers for children 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

NC Pre-K Rate Enhancements

Orange County Partnership for Young Children

Financial assistance is 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. Enhancements are available for NC Pre-K sites that are public school sites, private sites and Head Start/Early Start sites.

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