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Services for Families and parents
Circle of Parents
Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated Parents support group program that gives Parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. Circle of Parents program is a source of strength and support for parents by parents, providing lasting friendships for group participants. The programs are a time tested approach that promotes positive parenting. Groups are confidential and non-judgmental.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Dolly Parton began her Imagination Library program in 1996 to provide books to all of the young children in her hometown in East Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading
among her county's preschool children and their families. The Imagination Library was so successful, that it is now an international program. The Wilkes Community Partnership for Children is the local champion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, available at no cost to ALL children in Wilkes County under the age of five. Each child enrolled in the program will receive one age-appropriate book per month until his/her fifth birthday.
Find Child Care
If you are a family in Wilkes County looking for child care call 1-800-937-7610 or go to the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education Childcare Search page. The webpage will
filter the child care centers and family child care homes to match the specified criteria you enter.
A state funded community based pre-kindergarten program that works to provide high quality education experiences as a means to enhance school readiness for four year olds. For more
information visit the Pre-k Wilkes County Schools website.
Reach Out and Read
This program partners with medical care practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents. The children 6 months to 5 years old will receive a developmentally
appropriate book to take home and read at each well-check doctor’s visit.
Raising a Reader
This program is a daily book sharing program between parents and their young children. Families are loaned a book bag containing high quality and developmentally appropriate books.
Parents can attend workshops where they learn book sharing strategies.
Subsidy helps parents pay for child care so they can work or attend school, provides information to parents about how to choose a safe, quality child care arrangements. Visit the Wilkes
Department of Social Services website or call at (336) 651-7400.
Play 2 Learn
A sixteen-week Play 2 Learn Groups featuring hands-on activities using a variety of developmentally appropriate materials, books, and learning activities to focus on emergent literacy skills and appropriate parent child interactions are offered on-site at the Partnership for Children office. Play 2 Learn Groups are available to families of infants/toddlers and preschoolers who are not currently enrolled in licensed child care. Caregivers learn what to expect from their children as they grow and develop as well as the ways children learn through play. There are opportunities to meet other parents and learn about available community resources. Using the resources from the Center for Early Literacy Learning, caregivers are introduced to strategies to develop children oral language, phonological awareness, and emergent writing skills and how to incorporate activities into everyday situations with their children.
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) supports the prevention of social, emotional and behavioral problems in childhood, the prevention of child maltreatment, and the strengthening of parenting and parental confidence. Information and advice is provided for parents with specific concerns regarding common child development or minor behavior issues. Active skill training for parents with specific concerns about discrete child behavior problems is provided.
Interactive Grocery Store Tour
Grocery Store Tour is an interactive grocery store tour that offers families tips and tricks for healthy eating on a budget. Smart shopping techniques like comparing unit prices, identifying whole grain products, and buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budget are shared during the tours.
Share Our Strength Cooking Matters
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. The six-week Cooking Matters course is offered to adults, and families. Each course covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Participants take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class.
Jump Start Child Care Scholarship Program
The JumpStart Child Care Scholarship Program allows parent to have child care paid for two weeks which allows the parent to put money aside for their future child care payments. Our JumpStart Child Care Scholarship Program also assists parents as they wait for full-time child care subsidy through the Department of Social Services.
The scholarship from Wilkes Community Partnership for Children is paid after the parent completes an application demonstrating need. The scholarship is paid directly to the child care facility. The Partnership for Children solely relies on donations to provide this needed service for our families.
Helping children develop to their fullest potential
Truly wonderful the mind
of a child is.
Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined. The First 2000 Days
"Children are our most valuable resource. "
Herbert Hoover, 31st US President
The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.