The overall goal of this project is to improve the quality and increase the availability of licensed school-age child care services in North Carolina.
Southwestern Child Development Commission leads the Statewide School Age Quality Improvement Project for Child Care Resource and Referral in the entire state. Lori Jones is the Statewide Project Manager. Lori can be reached at 828-289-2624 or by email.
The Statewide School Age Project was initiated in July 2004. Each of the 14 CCR&R regions in North Carolina has a Regional School Age Specialist housed at the lead agency for Resource and Referral services. Click here for a Regional Map. The Regional School Age Specialists work with all sites that serve school age children providing technical assistance and training. The School Age Specialists work with other community partners, such as abuse and neglect consultants, 4H consultants, public school staff members, parks and recreation staff members, licensing consultants and other technical assistant staff.
The program has many services to offer to providers serving school age children. The Regional School Age Specialist provides on-site technical assistance with room arrangement, lesson planning. positive discipline techniques, transitional activities, age appropriate activities for both indoor and outdoor environments and other needs as specified by the individual centers and staff members. The Regional School Age Specialist is also available to provide some limited training in the region.
The Region 8 School Age Specialist is Andrea McClure. Andrea can be reached at 828-477-4532 or by email. For a complete listing of all School Age Specialists serving the project, click here for contact information.
New in 2011 the Statewide School Age Quality Improvement Project will have a Education Specialist to provide educational opportunities across the state. These Education Specialists are trained to provide many varied professional development activities across the state. BSAC (Basic School Age Care) and SACERS (School Age Care Environment Rating Scales) are two of the most requested training sessions. Many other workshops will be made available during this year, including Kids Included Together and Brain Development. Most of these workshops will be available with CEU (Continuing Educaion Unit) credits. The Education Specialist is: