|FGV Smart Start works with many
different local agencies who provide services to children and families and works to
identify needed programs and services as well as resources to meet those needs. Often,
programs exist but are not being utilized. Sometimes duplication of services are noted.
The Partnership was formed to eliminate those duplications and fill the voids in the
service delivery system.
By blending and leveraging
existing resources and providing funding through Smart Start - the following programs are
made possible to the young children:
Laptops For Learners
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Bank of
America, parents of young children in Franklin, Granville and Vance
counties will be leaving their children with child care teachers who are
continuing their education through a unique project. FGV Smart Start was selected to participate in Phase II of the Project
College Opportunity Networks and Technology Access for Child Care
Teachers (Project CONTACT), an early childhood distance learning
initiative. Local child care teachers now have access to 20 laptop
computers (and support) to participate in early childhood education
classes at a distance. Classes are provided through Vance-Granville
designed to provide high quality educational experiences for
four-year-old children who are at risk of school failure. The NC Pre-K legislation requires every county that wants to participate to
establish a community committee to make local decisions about the
program, including determining where NC Pre-K children will be
served. The committee is co-chaired by the local school superintendent
and chair of the local FGV Smart Start board of directors.
Children may be served in a school setting or by private child care
providers. FGV Smart Start provides funds to supplement the NC
Pre-K dollars allocated to each program.
Dolly Pardon's Imagination
Library FGV Smart Start is
implementing Dolly Partonís Imagination Library to stimulate increased
literacy activities in families in the region. The program provides a
book each month to participating children under the age of five years.
Parents of any child in the age range may apply.
leads kindergarten readiness and transition activities that are
designed to increase teacher knowledge and strengthen the transition
process from pre-school to kindergarten.
Little Free Library
Free Library program is a way to promote reading for children,
literacy for adults and libraries around the community. Itís a
"take a book, return a book" gathering place where people
share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a
Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by
and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.