Children’s Resource Center Division of Child Development (DCD)
4th Floor, First Plaza Building 2201 Mail Service Center
1985 Tate Boulevard SE Raleigh, NC 27626
Hickory, NC 28602 www.ncchildcare.net
www.childrensresourcecenter.org Monitors and licenses all child care
Catawba County’s “Child Care Resource programs in North Carolina. Key
& Referral” agency. Maintains database responsibility is to assure a safe and
on child care availability and provides healthy child care environment in
impartial referrals to child care centers, licensed child care centers and family
family child care homes, half-day child care homes in NC. Also provides
programs, and access to parenting information to parents about choosing
classes. Also available: Catawba County quality child care.
Center Guide with map, information
about choosing quality child care, plus Early Childhood Support Team
support and training for child care 256-5084
providers. A SMART START funded Tyndall Center for Early Childhood
project. 4431 County Home Road
Conover, NC 28613
Child Day Care Unit 695-5721 This multi-disciplinary team is made up of
Catawba County Department of Social counselors and nurses who work with
Services parents to provide support and
3030 11th Avenue Drive SE information on behavioral, emotional, and
Hickory, NC 28602 health issues. Early childhood education
www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/DC/ specialists provide training and technical
dcdata.asp assistance to child care programs. A
Provides financial assistance for child SMART START funded project.
care expenses for low to moderate
income families. Call for eligibility Head Start (ECCCM)
screening. A SMART START funded 464-8875
project. 310 South Ervin Avenue
Newton, NC 28658
Community Schools Program of Preschool program for children from low-
Catawba County income families. Assists parents with
464-9355 services such as access to health and
111 West 8th Street dental care, GED education, and others.
Newton, NC 28658 Transportation available. Four locations
www.nccs.k12.nc.us/community/ in Catawba County. Call for application.
Offers before and after school in More At Four Pre-Kindergarten
coordination with public schools for Program
preschool and school-age children. 345-6284
Catawba County Partnership for Children
Creation Station 4th Floor, First Plaza Building
328-4848 1985 Tate Boulevard SE
Catawba County Partnership for Children Hickory, NC 28602
4th Floor, First Plaza Building www.catawbakids.com
1985 Tate Blvd. SE More At Four is a free, public preschool
Hickory, NC 28602 program for 4-year-olds who are at risk
www.catawbakids.com for delays in school readiness.
A resource room with books, magazines, Classrooms are located throughout the
laminating machines, die cuts machines, county, in public schools and child care
lending library of early childhood centers. Call for more information or to
textbooks, art supplies, etc. get an application.
Chapter 1: Child Care Page 1
Parent’s Helpbook Catawba County Partnership for Children Parent’s Helpbook: Child Care Page 2
Tyndall Center Therapeutic Preschool
256-5056, extension 348 How Do I Choose What to Look For …
Sipe’s Orchard Home Quality Child Care? when I’m visiting a potential child care provider
4431 County Home Road
Conover, NC 28613 There are many child care options The Children’s Resource Center, our local child care resource & referral
www.sipesorchardhome.org/Tyndall.html available to parents today. In agency, recommends keeping the following questions in mind when visiting
A therapeutic preschool program for
Catawba County, the main types of potential child care providers:
children with behavioral and emotional
difficulties. Specializes in helping young care available for young children are: Basics
children who are troubled and their • Family Child Care Homes • Is the program licensed?
families improve the quality of their
• Child Care Centers • Is the facility well maintained with a pleasant atmosphere?
lives. A SMART START funded project.
• Church-Affiliated Centers • Are the toys safe and appropriate?
• Public Preschool Programs • Are medicines/cleaning products locked away?
• Half-Day or “Mothers Morning • Are the hours acceptable and fees affordable?
How do parents identify a child care • Do the caregivers enjoy playing with the children?
program that will be safe, healthy, • Are children and parents greeted when they arrive and leave the
and will be a good fit for what their facility?
family needs? • Do the caregivers respond to the children’s needs gently and promptly?
ChildCareAware suggests visiting • What is the discipline policy?
several different child care programs • Do the caregivers meet with parents regularly and share information
before deciding which one is best for about the child on a daily basis?
your needs. Count the number of • Are parents’ ideas and input encouraged? Could you be involved?
adults and the number of children
they will each be supervising to make
• Are the children engaged in interesting and age-appropriate activities?
certain there is enough adult
• Are there plenty of materials in good repair for the children to play
supervision to ensure safety, and ask
about the training and experience of
• Do the children play outdoors each day? Is the outdoor play area safe
all adults who will interact with your
child. How many of the staff have had
• Is there a clear schedule for meals, naps, play in small groups, story
CPR/FirstAid training? Have all
time, and individual/quiet time?
caregivers gone through a background
• Do the caregivers follow the schedule?
check? Are children supervised at all
• Are snacks and meals nutritious and appealing?
times, even while sleeping? Visit www.
• Are parents welcome to visit and spend time in the facility?
childcareaware.org for more tips.
The Children’s Resource Center can assist parents in locating suitable
For more information on N.C.’s child child care arrangements, offering non-biased referrals, and can provide
care licensing system, or to check the information about age appropriate toys, activities and environments.
license status of a particular child The Children’s Resource Center will also direct parents to resources for
care provider, visit the N.C. Division obtaining financial assistance with child care fees. Call 828-328-8228 to
of Child Development’s website at speak with a parent counselor.
The Children’s Resource Center is a SMART START funded project.
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