Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Smart Start family support services and parent education are available to all families with young children. Special attention is given to families whose life circumstances make it more challenging to provide the environment their children need and deserve. Smart Start Rowan provides families with the education, information and resources they need as their child’s first and most important teacher.
Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups:
FREE weekly playgroups located throughout the community. Parents and Children will have the opportunity to have hands on experiences with developmentally appropriate materials, books and learning games. Caregivers will learn what to expect from their children as they learn through play while having the opportunity to meet other parents.
Triple P- Positive Parenting Program:
Triple P is a parenting program, but it doesn’t tell parents how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior, and prevent problems with their children’s development. Parents choose the strategies they need, and they choose the way they want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for each individual family.
Smart Start Rowan now offers Triple P Seminars: The Power of Positive Parenting; Raising Confident, Competent Children; and Raising Resilient Children. Each seminar is an hour in length, plus discussion time.
Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC): For a nominal fee of only $10.00 annually parents can check out over 500 books, learning kits, and educational toys. Please call Bianca Muñoz, 704-603-3354 for more information. More information (PDF)
Early Learning Playroom: Visit our playroom! Open to the public Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm! Playroom Flyer PDF
Child Care Search: Assists parents looking for child care by providing referrals, call 704-210-1008 for Rowan County or click the Child Care Search image.
Champion for Young Children Scholarship: Beginning July 1, 2019, Smart Start Rowan has limited funding to assist families that have experienced an emergency/crisis and are unable to pay their child care costs. Scholarship applications can be provided by your Child Care Center/Facility.