Special Family Needs
The Partnership for Children recognizes the importance of helping to build strong families. Throughout the year, training and support services are available to parents, providers, agencies and other interested individuals to help the approximately 2500 children birth to five in Person County.
Annually, the Partnership hosts a week-long series of events called Week of the Young Child. Many of the activities that occur during the week offer parent education information. To learn more about Week of the Young Child, contact the Partnership Office or look for the section on our home page.
One of our most successful programs is the Imagination Library Program in which every child in our county who signs up receives an age appropriate book in the mail for free until their 5th birthday. We hope to help children create their own Imagination Library through the love of books and desire to read. Although there are many factors that influence a child's success in school, studies show that one of the best indicators of that success is the number of books in a child's home before they enter school.
The application for enrollment is very brief and can be downloaded below or you can call 599-3773. Imagination Library
Very Important Parents
The VIP program provides parent educators
to work with parents by demonstrating developmentally appropriate activities for children that stimulate learning in all areas.
The parent educators make monthly home visits, organize parent support meetings, provide newsletters for families,
make referrals to other agencies, and provide developmental, language, vision, and hearing screenings for children.
Services are available to any family with a child age 0-5.
Call: NC Cooperative Extension Service 599-1195
Training is provided locally to parents and child care providers on issues related to child development, child care, and nutrition.
Please call: PCPFC 336-599-3773
Child Care Resource and Referral
CCR&R provides referrals to legally operating child care programs; counsels parents regarding child care issues, regulations and quality; offers support and technical assistance; sponsors training and workshops; gathers statistics on child care in Person County; and collaborates with businesses in Person County about the economic impact of high quality care on the workforce.
Funds are available through Department of Social Services to assist parents who qualify with the cost of child care and provides incentives to high quality centers and homes that serve subsidized children. Contact: Pam Wood DSS 336-503-1165.
Community Service Team
Team is composed of a registered nurse, early childhood specialist, and child mental health therapist.
The professionals on this team provide training, consultation, and technical assistance to the staff of child care centers & homes in order to support the young children served. Screening, referral, and direct services are also provided.
- CST Nurse: The nurse provides Child Care Health Consultation to licensed day care facilities (centers & homes) to improve their health and safety practices. Please call 336-597-2204. ext. 2275
- Child & Family Therapist: A licensed mental health clinician provides child & family therapy and provides individual treatment for children ages 3-5 experiencing serious emotional or behavioral problems Please call: Person Counseling Center 336-599-8366.
- Early Childhood Specialist: The EC Specialist helps identify children ages 0-5 with behavioral and/or therapeutic intervention needs. The specialist also evaluates needs and plans classroom strategies to alleviate behavioral difficulties that interfere with the learning process. Please call: 336-597-2218. ext. 235
Partners in Literacy
Several programs are available to improve and promote literacy skills for children 0-5 and their families.
- Parents as Teachers and Motheread/Fatheread provide parents with new resources and skills to enhance their children’s literacy. Call: 336-599-2362.
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Free books are provided to enrolled Person County children 0-5. Call: 336-599-3773.
- ACE: Adults & Children in Education provides Work First parents the opportunity to work towards their GED as well as parenting skills and opportunities to improve literacy skills through the Motheread program.
- Person County Partnership For Children: 336-599-3773