Iredell County Partnership for Young Children/Smart Start:


NC Pre-K is North Carolina’s state funded pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds that promotes school readiness. Children may be eligible for the free NC Pre-K program if they will be four-years-old by August 31st for the upcoming school year, meet income eligibility requirements and reside in Iredell County. 


Together Time is a weekly community-based playgroup available to families with children birth to age five who reside in Iredell County. 


*Many other resources are available through ICPYC.*

10 THINGS EVERY CHILD NEEDS:


​1. INTERACTION
A child’s brain develops based on his or her experiences. The more interactions a child has, the healthier development will be.


2. PHYSICAL AFFECTION

Physical affection communicates love which leads to positive emotional growth.


3. STABLE RELATIONSHIP
Children who have a stable relationship with at least one caregiver learn at a faster pace, feel better about themselves, and make friends more easily.


4. A SAFE, HEALTHY HOME

A safe and healthy home environment allows you to maximize your child’s growth with minimal risk.​


5. STRONG SELF-ESTEEM

​A strong sense of self is the foundation for healthy development.


​6. CONVERSATION

Communicating with your child/children not only shows love, but also encourages the development of his or her speech patterns.


7. ​MUSIC

​Music offers children an outlet for expression and stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning.

 
​8. READING AS A PRIORITY

​Reading with children demonstrates a love for books and learning.  It is a wonderful way for parents/caregivers and children to spend quality time together.
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9. PLAY

Playing provides children with an outlet for imagination and creativity and fosters healthy brain development.​


10. QUALITY CHILD CARE
Childcare settings can be a primary learning environment for children. The quality of the child care setting is very important.


 
*10 Things Every Child Needs DVD, Copyright 1997

The Iredell County Health Department can provide child and maternal health, immunization, dental, and WIC services.

Helpful Resources

I-CARE, Inc. Head Start is one of the largest early childhood education programs in Iredell and Catawba Counties. The program has established quality educational environments with a proven track record of serving low-income families. Unlike many traditional child care and other early education programs, Head Start focuses on preparing children for school by working to develop each child’s social and learning skills.