Performance Based Incentive System (PBIS)

Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc.

FY 2014-2015 Funding Opportunities

Pursuant to NCGS 143B-168.10 et sequitur

Preamble to the 1993 Smart Start Founding Legislation:

143B-168.10. Early childhood initiatives; findings.

The General Assembly finds, upon consultation with the Governor, that every child can benefit from, and should have access to, high-quality early childhood education and development services. The economic future and well-being of the State depend upon it. To ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood education and development services, the General Assembly further finds that:

(1)    Parents have the primary duty to raise, educate, and transmit values to young preschool children;

(2)    The State can assist parents in their role as the primary caregivers and educators of young preschool children; and

  (3) There is a need to explore innovative approaches and strategies for aiding parents and families in the education and development of young preschool children.  [1993, c.321, s. 254(a); 1998- 212, s. 12.37B(a).]

Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., is soliciting proposals for programs and services in the following general areas:

  • Early education
  • Family support
  • Allied development services

Successful applicants will:

  • Propose and implement an evidence-based or evidence-informed program In one or more of the program areas found below, and
  • Agree to specific contract codicils, including
    • To implement evaluation activities in collaboration with Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc.,
    • To provide clients specific follow-up services, such as referrals or case management, as appropriate.

Sample outcomes are provided for illustration purposes; the list of outcomes is not comprehensive.

Area 1: Early Education: Building and maintaining an affordable, comprehensive, high quality early development and education system for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County    … Through the provision of services that include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing the number of high quality early care and education programs and facilities.
  • Increasing the number of young children participating in high quality early care and education program.
  • Assisting in underwriting the cost to families of high quality early care and education (e.g., scholarships).
  • Improving the quality or maintain a high quality of early care and education settings, where high quality is a rating of 4 or 5 stars in North Carolina’s star rating system.
  • Improving the education or qualifications of the early care and education workforce.
  • Assisting families in creating or choosing high quality early learning environments or experiences.

Outcomes of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase in number and percentage of eligible families receiving financial assistance for high quality (4 or 5 star rated) early care and education. PBIS PLA20, PLA 40 (A, B), PLA 50 (A, B).
  • Increase in the number and percentage of early care and education administrators, teachers and assistant teachers with early care and education degrees. PBIS EDU 10 (A, B), EDU 20 (A, B), CONSIDER EDU 30 (A, B).
  • Increase in number and percentage of 4 and 5 star rated facilities.  PBIS PLA 40 (B), PLA 50 (B)
  • Increase in the number and percentage of children ages 0-5 enrolled in high quality (4 or 5 star rated) facilities. PBIS PLA 40 (B), PLA 50 (B)
  • Increase in the number and percentage of families with children ages 0-5 creating or choosing high quality and developmentally appropriate environments.

Area 2: Family Support: Connecting families with young children or expecting young children to information, resources, and support concerning early development and learning

… Through the provision of services that include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing parents’ access to and use of information on available early care and education options.
  • Increasing parents’ access to and use of scholarships and other assistance to support early care and education needs.
  • Increasing parents’ awareness of the importance of the parent in the education of the child.
  • Providing parents with education or counseling on parenting skills and strategies, child development, and the creation of high quality, early learning environments.
  • Linking parents of young children or expecting young children to available community resources and services for which they (or their children) may be eligible.

Outcomes of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase in number and percentage of families with young children (ages 0-5) who use family support and/or parenting services PBIS FS10.
  • Increase in the number and percentage of parents of young children (ages 0-5) who engage in regular literacy activities with their young children PBIS FS20.

Area 3: Allied Development Services: Connecting young children and families to high quality health, prevention, nutrition, medical, behavioral, and other early enrichment, prevention and intervention services that support early development and learning … Through the provision of services that include but are not limited to :

  • Connecting of parents and professionals with community resources.
  • Linking children and families with available services for which they are eligible.

Outcomes of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased number and percentage of young children (ages 0-5) enrolled in medical homes PBIS H20 (indirectly).
  • Increased number and percentage of young children (ages 0-5) screened for and, if eligible, receiving early developmental screenings PBIS H10(A, B) (indirectly).