Smart Start Funded Projects in Catawba County
Catawba County Parents As Teachers 828-695-6511 Home-based Parents As Teachers parent education and support using an evidence-based and literacy-based curriculum. Services available also in Spanish (call 695-6515). Supported by Hickory Public Schools.
Parent Support Team 828-695-6594 – Provides a continuum of parent education opportunities to families in Catawba County, using the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) curriculum. Coordinates a multi-agency collaborative of parent education providers and connects parents to appropriate resources. Call to find out about specific classes and times. Supported by Catawba County Social Services.
Child Care Subsidy/Scholarships 828-695-5721 Financial assistance available through Catawba County Social Services to enable income-eligible children to attend high quality child care programs. Also provides supplemental funds to child care centers with higher quality standards to help them maintain quality.
Children’s Resource Center 828-695-6565 A resource and referral agency that provides families with an easy way to find licensed child care centers, homes and other preschool programs, and learn more about quality child care and other services. Serves as a contact point for parents to access community resources and maintains a special emphasis on improving professional development and trainings to early childhood educators.
Early Childhood Support Team 828-695-6590 A multidisciplinary team made up of nurses, behavior specialists, and education specialists who provide consultation services and technical assistance for child care centers. Coordinates health care plans for children with special health care needs. Also provides individual counseling and support for children and families who are experiencing difficulties in child care settings and with behavior challenges. Supported by Catawba County Social Services and Catawba County Public Health.