Report: Reaching Out to All Children in North Carolina:Summary of Efforts by Local Smart Start Partnerships to Locate Children Aged 0-5 Who Are Not in Regulated Child Care
Report » Reaching Out to All Children in North Carolina:Summary of Efforts by Local Smart Start Partnerships to Locate Children Aged 0-5 Who Are Not in Regulated Child Care
Karen Taylor, Kathleen Bernier, Donna Bryant, Satsuki Scoville, Joy Sotolongo
FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The purpose of this study was to find out how local Smart Start partnerships across North Carolina are addressing the needs of children 0-5 who are not participating in regulated child care, preschool or Head Start programs. Smart Start has a charge to help all North Carolina’s children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Local partnerships also have the flexibility to develop services that are specific to the needs of their families with young children. Many Smart Start efforts are focused on regulated home and center-based child care, public preschool, and Head Start because larger numbers of children can be reached through these settings. However, many children are not enrolled in such programs. Therefore, many partnerships have tried a variety of strategies to find out about the children not in regulated care and to develop services and programs to fit their needs.