The KidsReadyNC initiative was an 18-month project (April 2018-October 2019) designed to help four selected communities in North Carolina strengthen leadership capacity within their local early childhood system. The local Randolph County team established continues to meet and carry forward the work initiated during the KidsReadyNC project.
The initiative was facilitated by the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at N.C. State University and funded in part by grants from The Belk Foundation and The Duke Endowment.
Randolph County, along with Catawba, Chowan and Rockingham counties, received tools and technical assistance through IEI in support of its county-level team
Our Randolph KidsReadyNC team is a group of 20 community leaders and stakeholders comprised of partners from county, city and charter schools; Randolph Community College; child care centers; Communities in Schools; public libraries; Head Start; pediatrics; early intervention; social services; mental health; county government and the Partnership. The team also recruits interested service partners and parents of young children to serve on Implementation Teams.
The focus of Randolph KidsReadyNC is to identify services and care opportunities in place for the birth-3 population, identify areas of need, and problem-solve to ensure the best start possible for our Randolph County infants and toddlers.
What Our Team Is Doing
• Building community awareness of Resilience
• Facilitating community adoption of The Basics
• Facilitating policymaker education
• Increasing quality & availability of infant & toddler care
• Guiding parent training & professional development
What We Already Know
• There are 9624 children age 0-5 in Randolph County
• We have 51 licensed centers & homes, a 37% decrease since 2012
• 57% of our children age 0-5 have parents who work
• 33% of our children age 0-5 live at or below the federal poverty guideline
• We have 315 children enrolled in NC Pre-K
Why We’re Doing It
We are doing this work with the intent of positively impacting outcomes at kindergarten entry and grade-3 reading proficiency; which in turn will positively impact the overall workforce and community-at-large.
For more information, contact the Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-629-2128 ext. 12.