School Readiness


More than one out of every four children in Randolph County enter school with potential delays. A major focus of our funding is targeted toward finding and providing services to children potentially at risk.

To ensure that children potentially at risk enter school ready to succeed we:

  • Involve communities
  • Fund pre-kindergarten programs across the county in areas of need
  • Work with families to increase their literacy levels and parenting skills
  • Ensure all families have access to books.

 

The programs we support to improve school readiness include:

School Readiness Community-Based Initiative
Lisa Hayworth, Executive Director, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext. 10, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This initiative assists communities in engage in action planning to increase the number of children entering kindergarten who are ready to succeed.  Additionally special projects are implemented which address school readiness. Local advisory committees have been formed in Liberty, Franklinville/Ramseur and Randleman.

The local advisory committees complete needs assessments and develop written plans for services in their respective areas.

  
Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)

Holly White, Preschool Coordinator, Early Childhood Development Center, Asheboro City Schools, 336-672-6636, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Early Childhood Development Center provides a high quality early childhood five-star program for 98 children identified at risk for entering kindergarten with delays. The program has a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. Parents attend GED/ESL classes at ECDC through collaboration with Randolph Community College.

A parent educator from Family Services of the Piedmont. provides services to families enrolled at this site. 

 

Liberty Early Childhood Center
Jennifer Beasley, Program Coordinator, Liberty Early Childhood Center, Randolph County Schools, 336-622-8282, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The center provides a high quality, five-star licensed Pre-Kindergarten program for 36 at risk children ages 3-5. In collaboration with the Partnership, funds were raised to renovate the old Liberty Elementary School building to become the Liberty Early Childhood Center. Services in the building include:

  • 2 Pre-K classrooms
  • A parent resource and meeting room;
  • A room for the Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children clinic;
  • A room for Randolph Community College to offer GED, ESL, computer, and child development classes;
  • A Parents as Teachers program for 20 families;
  • A local advisory committee known as Celebrate Liberty’s Children.



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Cindy Shoe, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext. 11, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Pre-Kindergarten programs serve children who are identified as being at risk for entering kindergarten with potential delays. A parent education component is included with all Pre-K programs. Randolph County Pre-K sites include:

Asheboro City Schools sites

  • Early Childhood Development Center

Randolph County Schools sites

  • Level Cross Pre-Kindergarten
  • Ramseur Pre-Kindergarten
  • Southmont Pre-Kindergarten
  • Tabernacle Pre-Kindergarten
  • Trindale Pre-Kindergarten
  • Liberty Pre-Kindergarten

Other

  • Randleman Enrichment Center
  • First Steps Early Learning Center

 

Reach Out and Read

Shannon McCrary, ROR Program Coordinator, Randolph County Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext. 28   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Reach Out and Read is a collaboration with local pediatric care providers to "prescribe" books to children during well-child visits. The program is designed to intervene early and make literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care. Medical providers are trained to offer parents anticipatory guidance about the importance of reading aloud. The program model focuses on children from 6 months to 5 years of age. At each health supervision visit during that period, each child receives a new book to take home and keep. 

When possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for the parents or guardians the pleasures–and techniques–of reading aloud. This guidance centers on age-appropriate strategies, including how to enjoy looking at board books and naming pictures with infants, the importance of rhyme and repetition to toddlers, and open-ended questions to use when reading with preschoolers.

 

Availability of books and materials for children, parents, and child care teachers


Through all seven branches of the Randolph Library System, an extensive collection of children’s books, videos, parenting materials, curriculum books, and literacy materials for children, parents, and child care teachers are available. In collaboration with Friends of the Library, the Partnership for Children funds “my first library card” for preschool children and a take-home bag for books.

 

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