High Quality (4-5 Star) Infant Toddler Programs in the Transformation Zone

The Infant-Toddler Expansion Program was designed to support programs to implement high quality early learning experiences for infants and toddlers resulting in the addition of 125 4- or 5-star infant-toddler slots in the Transformation Zone. Child Care programs with less than 4 stars serving infants and toddlers on subsidy could apply to receive TA support and improvement grants in support of the goal of a 4- or 5-star rated license. Programs eligible for this support had access to an Infant-Toddler Specialist who worked only in Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, and Hyde Counties, with a limited caseload and goals not only to support quality enhancement, but also quality maintenance. Participating programs that achieved a 4- or 5-star rating could also receive enhanced subsidy rates for infants and toddlers through the RTT-ELC grant.

This project was completed December 2015.

NC Babies First (NCB1) was a new part-day infant toddler program designed to offer high-quality early learning experiences to positively impact the development for 110 infants and one-year-olds at-risk for developmental delays due to environmental and/or biological factors. Part-day services were offered so that more children benefit from high quality early learning experiences at these tender ages and their families could have access to child development information and supports provided by highly qualified infant-toddler teachers. NCB1 was offered in 4- and 5-star programs in Beaufort, Bertie, and Hyde counties, approved through an application process as meeting NCB1Program Requirements. An Infant Toddler Program Specialist provided on-site technical assistance support for start-up and continuous quality improvement activities and conducted ongoing quality assurance monitoring of each NCB1 site.

This project was completed December 2016..

RTT-ELC Reform Area: High-Quality Accountable Programs