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Surry County Early Childhood Partnership


Surry County Early Childhood Partnership at a Glance

Surry County Early Childhood Partnership (SCECP) is a non-profit organization which promotes the healthy development of children 0-5 years of age. SCECP supports children 0-5 years of age and their families through partnerships across the county and the state. In order to support our mission, SCECP strives to identify the needs of children and their families, helps to identify barriers which may prevent families from accessing services and resources, encourages families to fulfill their responsibilities to children, identifies appropriate strategies in developing solutions to meet the needs of children, and helps implement plans to improve the health and well being of children and their families.

Preschool Class

2023-2024 ACTIVITIES

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Elkin City Schools

Building Strong Foundations for Early Learning

Mount Airy City Schools

Mount Airy Pre-K

Surry County Schools

Four Year Old School Ready

Children's Center of Surry

Nurturing Parenting Program

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Surry County Schools

SCS Nurturing Parenting Program

Department of Social Services

Subsidy Administration

Department of Social Services

Subsidy Purchase of Care


Child Care WAGES Project

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Child Care Resource and Referral


Evaluation and Program Coordination


Dolly Parton Imagination Library



North Carolina Pre-k (NC Pre-K)

What is NC Pre-K

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are built on the National Education Goals Panel’s premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to children’s overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school:

  • Approaches to play and learning

  • Emotional and social development

  • Health and Physical Development

  • Language development and communication

  • Cognitive development

The NC Pre-K Program Guidelines and Requirements are designed to ensure that a high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom experience is provided for eligible four-year-old children in each local NC Pre-K Program and that, to the extent possible, uniformity exists across the state. Programs are also required to meet the NC Child Care Rules.  North Carolina is one of four states with a Pre-K program that meets all 10 National Institute of Early Education Research Benchmarks (NIEER).  Benchmarks include comprehensive Early Learning Standards; staff meet education/licensure requirements, professional development; 1:9 staff/child ratio; developmental screens and referral; evidence-based curriculum and formative assessments; monitoring and nutritional requirements.

How do I know if my child is eligible to participate in NC Pre-K?

The child must be four-years old on or before August 31st of the program year.  A child that meets the age requirement is eligible for NC

Pre-K if the child is from a family whose gross income is at or below 75% of the State Median Income (SMI).  Children of certain military families are also eligible without regard to income.  In addition, up to 20% of age eligible children enrolled may have family incomes in excess of 75% SMI if they have documented risk factors in specific categories including developmental disability, Limited English Proficiency, educational need, or chronic health condition. Although a child may meet one or more eligibility factors, placement is not guaranteed in an NC Pre-K classroom. Waiting lists exist in counties when funding is not sufficient to serve all eligible children.

Surry County NC Pre-K Providers

For the 2023-2024 fiscal year, there are 4 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 16 sites and 23 classrooms.  Funding for the 2023-2024 fiscal year will serve approximately 278 at-risk children. 

NC Pre-K Providers

Elkin City Schools (336-835-2756)

Mount Airy City Schools (336-789-9046)

Surry County Schools (336-386-8211)

YVEDDI (Headstart) (336-367-4993)

Where can I find results of the Statewide Evaluation of the NC

Who do I contact for information about the NC Pre-K Program?

The NC Pre-K Program is administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services under the Division of Child Development and Early Education, Early Education Branch. The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children.  NC Pre-K programs must meet the NC Child Care Rules, including specific rules for administrators and teachers, the NC Pre-K Program Requirements and other state-level policy. The NC Pre-K Program is administered at the county or regional level by Local Education Agencies, Smart Start Agencies, or Community Action Agencies and operated in 4- and 5-star-rated classrooms in public schools, child care centers and Head Start programs.  Lead Teachers in these classrooms must hold or be working toward a North Carolina

Birth-through-Kindergarten or Preschool Add-on Standard Professional II license

Elkin City Schools (336-835-2756)

Mount Airy City Schools (336-789-9046)

Surry County Schools (336-386-8211)

YVEDDI (Headstart) (336-367-4993)

North Carolina NC Pre-K Program

Visit DCDEE:  NC Pre-K Website for the latest updates


Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.
In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.
The Smart Start network, made up of 75 local partnerships that serve our state’s communities, is signing up families across NC for Imagination Library which is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. Together, we are working together to ensure children develop a love of reading early on.

Since December of 2017, Smart Start has sent over 8 million books to young children across North Carolina through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)!


Child Care Provider Training Calendar

Surry County Child Care Provider Training Calendar is available upon request

Child Care Resource and Referral

Surry County Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) serves as a centralized resource center connecting families, childcare providers and the community with child care services
The goal of Surry County CCR&R is to educate and promote the affordability and accessibility of quality child care to families and the community.

Region 10 Lead Agency:

Child Care Resource Center

(formerly :  Work Family Resource Center)

Telephone:  (336) 245-4900

Fax:  (336) 608-4352

Toll Free:  1-800-937-7610

Services of child care resource and referral member agencies vary according to the needs of their communities.  Referrals, not recommendations will be provided. All services provided are confidential and are free of charge.
Toll Free:  1-800-937-7610

The Child Care WAGE$® Program provides education-based salary supplements to low-paid teachers, directors and family child care providers working with children between the ages of birth to five in participating counties. If you’re just learning about the WAGE$ Program, be sure to check out the program overviewF.A.Q, and learn about the results WAGE$ can provide. You’ll also find information on how to qualify and apply.

Licensed Child Care Information

Parent Resources

Centers/Homes Star Rated License Information

Child Care Center Information Packet

Family Child Care Information Packet

Family Child Care Home Application Packet

Family Child Care Home Pre-Licensing Checklist

Resource/Lending Library

Resource/Lending Library listing available upon request

Die Cut, Laminating, and Copying Schedule available upon request

Die Cut Listing available upon request


DCDEE-Star Rated License

DCDEE-Child Care Rules


Regulated Child Care

DCDEE-What's New


Board of Directors

Barbara Anderson

Dr. Steve Hall

Jo Ann Larkins

Dr. Phillip Brown

Kayla Norman

Dr. Travis Reeves

Dr. Swanson Richards

Jodi Sebastian

Dr. David Shockley

David Swann

Robin T. Beeson

Cheryl Tolbert

Rhonda Wrenn

All SCECP regular Board meetings are open meetings.
All interested citizens are welcomed to come and observe. 
The next S.C.E.C.P. Board Meeting
will be held on
Date:  Monday, May 20, 2024
Time:  10:00
Location:  ZOOM
Meetings Via Zoom:   If you wish to join meeting, please contact Debra Haynes
for Participant ID and password

Executive Director-Marty Westmoreland
Finance/Assistant Director-Debra Haynes
NC Pre-K Coordinator-Joan Coiro
CCR&R Coordinator-Melissa Burrow

Contact Surry County Early Childhood Partnership

P.O. Box 7050
101 West Lebanon Street, Suite 106
Mount Airy, NC 27030

(336) 786-1880

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