Community Impact …

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Smart Start of Forsyth County makes progress each year in preparing young children for school.

… through Smart Start-FC’s investments supporting …

  • child care providers and educators with opportunities to further their education and professional development;
  • working families with access to high quality child care; and
  • your children with high quality early learning and development settings.

Here are some accomplishments from 2012-2013:

Support of Educators

• 1183 early childhood professionals attended a Smart Start training or workshop.

Support of Children in Quality Early Care and Learning Settings

• 469 families with 642 children received Smart Start child care scholarships.

• 650 children participated in the NC Pre-K program.

Support of Families

• 1890 families received child care resource and referral services.

Additional Information

For more information about the outputs and outcomes of the work of our NCPC-funded programs and services, view DRAFT 2012-13 Partners Report.

For more information about Forsyth County’s early learning infrastructure, view Forsyth At-a-Glance.

For a brief, aggregated set of information comparing figures for Forsyth County early learning settings in centers and homes to North Carolina totals, view ECE By the Numbers.

For detailed information about each child care center in Forsyth County (as of January 1, 2013), review pages 330 – 340 of the Division of Child Care & Early Education (DDCEE), NC Department of Health and Human Services statistical report.

For detailed information about each family child care home in Forsyth County (as of January 1, 2013), review pages 322 – 329 of the Division of Child Care & Early Education (DDCEE), NC Department of Health and Human Services statistical report.

Setting Local Market Rates

The Forsyth At-a-Glance  document above presents information on Forsyth County’s “market rates.” As referenced in North Carolina statutes, the local market rate is the maximum amount that a child care center or home may be paid through scholarship subsidy funding for child care services. Child care providers are reimbursed at the market rate or private-paying rate, whichever is lower. Market rates are established for various locations (counties and statewide); age groups (infants/toddlers, two-year-olds, three- to five-year olds, and school-age children); types of child care providers (centers versus homes); and rated license levels (one- through five-star providers). The age groups for centers are as described above; however, for homes, infants and one-year-olds are considered separately.

For more information about the setting of market rates, visit http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/PDF_forms/2013CHILD-CARE-MARKET-RATE-STUDY.pdf.

Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS)

Adopted by NCPC, Inc., board of directors in 2001, PBIS is a comprehensive set of twenty-four (24) population-level indicators that track healthy conditions for young children. PBIS measures child wellbeing for which NCPC-contracted organizations, such as Smart Start- FC are held accountable.

PBIS assesses progress toward advancing a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of early care and education for every child beginning with a healthy birth. PBIS uses validated data sources from state agencies (NC Department of Health and Human Service, Division of Child Development and Division of Public Health) and provides a baseline to measure return on investment in the use of public resources to improve the quality of early care and education settings in North Carolina, and outcomes for children and families.

For more information, see PBIS preliminary results 2012 – 13 program year, or contact our staff.

Annual Statewide Smart Start Report to the North Carolina Legislature

N.C.G.S. 143B-168.12(d) requires that:
“The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., shall make a report no later than December 1 of each year to the General Assembly that shall include the following:
(1) A description of the program and significant services and initiatives.
(2) A history of Smart Start funding and the previous fiscal year’s expenditures.
(3) The number of children served by type of service.
(4) The type and quantity of services provided.
(5) The results of the previous year’s evaluation of the initiatives or related programs
and services.
(6) A description of significant policy and program changes.
(7) Any recommendations for legislative actions.”

NCPC’s December 1, 2013 report to the General Assembly may be found here.