Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Through Smart Start, we are here to help get monthly, high quality, age-appropriate books to children, up until the child’s fifth birthday. Families enrolled in Smart Start funded, DPIL receive up to 60 books for each child – at no cost to families.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.
Sesame Street in Communities
Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) offers Resources and Support for children and families, military families, professionals, and community members. SSIC provides bilingual, multimedia tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six, a critical window for brain development.
NC Pre-K for Families
We provide access for eligible families to high-quality NC Pre-k services at elementary schools, Head Start centers, and private childcare sites located in Region A’s seven westernmost NC counties and on the Qualla Boundary. NC Pre-K is free for eligible families.
Family Support Network
of Region A
We want families to know they are not alone in caring for a child with special needs. We help build community support for families, providing information and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs.
Child Care Subsidy
We provide Smart Start funding to help families with the cost of childcare. Families need to contact the subsidy unit at Southwestern Child Development Commission (SWCD) to find out about availability and eligibility, and to apply for Smart Start subsidy funds.
The SS/LICC (Smart Start / Local Interagency Coordinating Council) is made up of community members and parents with an interest in quality services for children, including children with special needs, and families in our community. We identify services and resources currently available to families, help to strengthen current services and resources and provide activities in the community to help find children who are not currently receiving services
Early Literacy Coordination
Providing early literacy enrichment for children ages prenatal through age five by engaging parents and caregivers, pediatricians, library systems and community partners in a variety of coordinated and networked activities and events that promote early access to pre-reading materials, and school readiness.