Programs & Services

Child Care

  • Child Care Subsidy Enhancement Program provides quality enhancement bonuses to child care facilities with four or five stars. This activity improves the quality of child care in Anson County by linking the subsidy system with quality enhancements for meeting selected indicators of higher quality facilities.  These quality enhancements and subsidy funds are administered by the Anson County Department of Social Services.  Funding Source: Smart Start

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  • Child Care Resource and Referral services include data and awareness of young children’s issues in the community and an Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) providing resources and materials to be used by child care professionals to increase the quality of early childhood education and environments.  Families may also learn about and access other Partnership services such as car seat inspections, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, parenting classes, and many other programs and events.  A continued emphasis is placed on increasing literacy skills through implementation of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and other book distributions at community events and at local child care facilities.  The Partnership also hosts an annual Early Childhood Appreciation banquet, in conjunction with a training opportunity.  Funding Source: Smart Start

  • Early Childhood Resource Center provides over 6,000 resources and materials to be used by child care professionals to increase the quality of early childhood education and environments.   These materials and resources are also available for families and community members. Membership fees start at $5.00 per year for an individual or family. Materials are available for checkout, or items may be delivered to child care facilities or agencies. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed daily from noon until 1:00 p.m. 

  • Quality Enhancement and Maintenance targets early childhood professionals in our community and provides services and training to increase and/or maintain star licensure.   Partnership staff provide training/assistance to child care providers in the office and in the field and recommend and deliver developmentally appropriate materials for use in child care facilities.  Funding Source: Smart Start

  • NC Pre-Kindergarten is a readiness initiative that is proven to help four-year-olds gain basic skills needed for success in elementary school. Children who are four years of age before August 31st  of enrollment year are eligible to apply for the program, which is free to qualifying families. A high priority is placed on serving children who are “at-risk.” A child is considered to be “at-risk” if the child’s family is at or below 75% of the state median income level or if a disability has been identified.  Enrollment is also open to students who have limited English proficiency, developmental differences, chronic health conditions, or a parent who is active service personnel. NC Pre-K sites in Anson County include Anson Children’s Center, Central Center for Children and Families, Morven Head Start (located at Morven Elementary School) and Open Doors Center for Children.  Parents interested in learning more about the NC Pre-K program should click the link below or  Karen Gerald at 704-694-4036 or  Funding Source: NC Pre-Kindergarten Program

Family Support

  • Child Passenger Safety Seat Permanent Checking Station parents and guardians of preschool children in Anson County can have their car seats inspected by nationally certified child safety seat technicians.  These technicians are available to provide one-on-one “hands-on” help with installation.  Families with children receiving Medicaid are eligible to purchase a seat from the Partnership for $15.  All appointments must be made in advance and parents must bring their child and the child’s Medicaid card with them.


  • Welcome Baby Bags are filled with parenting materials and contact information for local resources are distributed to new mothers in Anson County through the staff at the Anson County Health Department. Funding Source: Smart Start


  • Motheread Literacy Initiative allows participants to gain critical literacy skills in a group structure that supports their own sense of worth and ability. These classes are appropriate for all adults, regardless of reading ability or prior educational experience. By teaching the “why” of reading rather than just emphasizing the “how,” classes also encourage parents to be reading role models for their children and increase the amount of time spent reading to their children.  

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE literacy program offered to every child in Anson County between the ages of birth and five.  Each month, the child receives a book delivered by mail to their home address.

  • Raising a Reader participants bring home a sturdy red bag filled with four high-quality, developmentally-appropriate, multicultural children’s books weekly. Over the course of the program year, families are exposed to a wide range of titles, providing them with both a mirror reflecting their own world and a window to the world beyond. Through initial training and ongoing support, Raising A Reader parents (even those with limited English proficiency or low literacy skills) learn how to engage their children in storytelling with picture books. The program includes an introduction to the public library, setting up families for a lifetime of book enjoyment.   Raising A Reader serves 500 children in 23 early childhood classrooms in Anson County, including the NC Pre-K program. Funding source: Smart Start

  • Reach Out and Read pediatric health care providers promote early literacy and school readiness by prescribing books and encouraging families to read together.  Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate this model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5.  Participating families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.   Funding Source: Smart Start

  • Book Distribution provides books to preschoolers and kindergartners and encourages the development of early reading habits. Free books are distributed at local festivals and other community events.  Funding Source: Private Contributions