Child Care


Improving child care is an important part of the Smart Start mission. In Randolph County, 71 percent of parents of young children work outside of the home. The Randolph County Partnership for Children works to improve the quality of child care, to make child care more affordable, and to make child care more available.


To improve the QUALITY of child care, we:

  • Help child care programs increase their star rating with the state child care licensing agency;
  • Help teachers learn more about teaching young children;
  • Help teachers increase their level of education;
  • Help child care facilities with protection of health and safety;
  • Help reduce turnover of child care teachers to provide stability for our children.

 

The programs we support to improve the quality of child care include:

Child Care Technical Assistance Services

Andee Edelson, Child Care Services Program Coordinator, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext.30, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Partnership for Children functions as the county’s child care resource and referral agency. The Partnership’s Child Care Resource and Referral program:

  • Plans a monthly training calendar offering training in various locations in Randolph County;
  • Convenes a Quality Improvement Team comprised of all key agencies to develop a written improvement plan for each center and home;
  • Provides on-site technical assistance and monthly management related workshops for child care directors, such as the Director’s Institute;
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter with training calendar;
  • Awards grants for educational supplies to assist centers and family child care homes in obtaining a higher star rating.
  • Through a bilingual family services specialist, assists parents find quality child care or a pre-kindergarten program.

 

Professional Development of the Child Care Workforce

Susan Helsabeck, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128 ext.31, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Technical assistance is offered to help programs and teachers develop a plan to increase their level of education.

Child Care WAGE$ Salary Supplements

Susan Helsabeck, Professional Development Specialist, 336-629-2128, ext. 31, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Salary supplements are given every six months to qualified child care providers working with preschool age children in regulated child care facilities based on achieving higher levels of education and remaining employed with the same program for six months.

Health Insurance for Child Care Teachers

Kendra Wallace, Accounting Assistant, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext. 13, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Centers which have obtained a five-star rated license or higher are eligible for health insurance benefits for full-time staff who work directly with preschool children.

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Making Child Care AFFORDABLE

For many families, the greatest obstacle to getting quality child care is money. Child care can cost as much as $500-800 a month. At least 30 percent of our county's Smart Start allocation goes to subsidizing child care for families that need it.

Based on a family's income, this cost can be 30 percent or more of their gross family income. Our goal is to help working families so that they do not have to pay more than 10 percent of their income for child care. Research tells us this ensures they will have enough income to buy food and medicine and cover other living expenses.

The programs we support to help make child care more affordable include:

Child Care Scholarships

Cheryl Benford, Child Care Subsidy Coordinator, Randolph County Department of Social Services 336-683-8010,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This program provides additional funds for child care scholarships. Child care scholarships help defray the cost of regulated child care for families who fall within income guidelines (families who earn less than 75 percent of the county median income may qualify). Families can determine eligibility by visiting the Department of Social Services, the Partnership for Children’s office, and Job Link at Randolph Community College.

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Making Child Care AVAILABLE

We do not have enough child care to meet the needs of all families in Randolph County. The Partnership for Children plays a lead role in encouraging the development of new child care facilities and making child care more available. Local advisory committees study the need in their area. The Partnership for Children’s Planning and Development department compiles data and evaluates local activities. The Partnership’s family services specialist and Parents as Teachers coordinators conduct outreach to inform and refer parents to available programs.

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