For our community to have a thriving and prosperous future, success is dependent on children having the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. An investment must be made for our children by all citizens to ensure they will have the necessary social and emotional development to take our places in society.
Research shows that about 80 percent of the brain develops by age 3. The basic architecture of the human brain is made through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Just like building a new home, this process starts with the foundation, framing the rooms, wiring, and plumbing in a predictable order. Appropriate early childhood development actually shapes how the brain is built. A strong foundation in the early years increases the chances of positive outcomes. A weak foundation decreases the chances of a stable foundation.
As we look for ways to keep our country productive, we should think of the connection between child development and economic development. All families struggle to find affordable and quality child care. In 2010, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) asked parents across the country about their childcare needs. The top two concerns were the quality of care and then cost.
Within Onslow County, it is our goal and objective to ensure that licensed child care programs and individual providers offer the highest quality care and receive the necessary tools and support to do so. Currently, Onslow County is above the maximum standard of having 4-5 star rating child care centers and family child care homes.
OCPC helps families with the cost of childcare by securing childcare subsidies. To date, 39% of childcare subsidies have been received by our residents. Since the inception of SmartStart subsidies starting in 1999, we have not had a waitlist.
Although providing low-cost, quality childcare is a goal of OCPC, we also need your help. Involvement of the entire community is needed to ensure the goals and values of OCPC are maintained during its existence. Please visit http://capwiz.com/naccrra/home and check out NACCRRA's key legislation and background issues for information about child care and related legislation before Congress. To learn more about public policy topics regarding child care, please visit http://www.naccrra.org/sites/default/files/default_site_pages/2011/agend....
Additional data and information on the importance of low-cost, quality childcare.
For more information, call the Partnership at (910) 938-0336.