Macon Program for Progress, Inc. (MPP) is providing technical assistance for licensed child care providers to support families in becoming advocates for their children in relation to child development, community services, and making a successful transition to public school.
In December 2011, North Carolina was named with eight other states as a winner of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant (Rtt-ELC) competition jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The State of North Carolina was awarded funds to implement several key initiatives to improve early learning and development programs and state systems supporting young children who are disadvantaged. Among these initiatives is a project activity that will create family engagement (F-E) technical assistance “hubs” across the state, leveraging the expertise of N.C. Head Start and Early Head Start programs to lead them.
MPP received the award as the technical assistance hub for Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon counties. The technical assistance supports will center on effective strategies for working with families with intentionality and purpose to:
• Nurture, within parents, an active and ongoing interest in their children’s development
• Become or remain regularly involved with the activities of their children’s childcare program
• Establish effective methods of ongoing, two-way communication and
• Support successful transitions of children into other preschool programs or Kindergarten