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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 Community College.

NC Pre-K

NC Pre-K is 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.

Imagination Library

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.

Kindergarten Readiness/Transition

This activity 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

The Little 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.


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