For Families

Life provides a very simple truth: no matter how many opportunities are provided for children, if we do not provide programs to also support their families, those opportunities will not achieve great results. We all know that parents are a child’s first teacher. That’s why we place a great deal of importance on offering several different types of family support programs.

Let’s check out some examples of programs that we have to meet the needs of families in Davie County.

Early Childhood Resource Center

Also known as the “Toy Library”, it is our on-site Center that is full of educational books, toys, games, and videos for parents and providers to check out. For much of those resources, it is a free service to our community.

Hours are Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County to provide ALL children with a new book each month free of charge. Through fundraising, SSDC is able to enroll children ages birth to 5 years in the DPIL program. Enrolled children will receive a free, high-quality book in the mail each month until their 5th birthday! If you would like to enroll your child in DPIL, please contact our office today at 336-751-2113.

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Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free, voluntary parent education and family support program serving families through pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age five. When you participate in PAT, a parent educator will provide monthly in-home visits and use the nationally developed curriculum to help you discover ways to encourage language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills. It will help foster a strong parent-child relationship and is proven to help prepare your child for school readiness. Contact the Smart Start office to enroll, 336-751-2113.

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Nurturing Parenting Program

Our Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) is a 10 week series of classes provided to families with children birth to five in Davie County. Facilitators trained in the NPP program will provide sessions on topics such as proper expectations, alternatives to spanking, routines, family nurturing, parenting skills, and more. Children will attend a separate session each week to learn from an NPP trained facilitator as well. Meals are provided each week. Participants must attend all 10 weeks in order to maximize the Nurturing Parenting Program skills. Please contact Susan McBride at 336-751-2113 to register.

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Other Services:

From time to time during the year, we offer Parent Training Sessions to provide parents with tools and opportunities to grow in their abilities in the toughest (and best) job they have – being a parent!

Through the Department of Social Services, we offer child care assistance scholarships so that eligible families can afford high quality childcare.

We provide Community Education to help increase awareness to parents, providers, businesses and civic leaders about the resources, programs and services in Davie County.

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