The Columbus County Partnership for Children is a catalyst for bringing various community groups together for the sake of the children in Columbus County. The Partnership administers Smart Start funds appropriated from the state legislature to support local programs to benefit children age birth to 5 & their families.
If you were enrolled in Early Childhood courses for Summer/ Fall 2020-2021, an Education Award may be available to qualified child care staff. Complete the attached application and submit by the deadline, January 13, 2021.
Dr. Selena Rowell, Executive Director of the Columbus County Partnership for Children accepted a donation from Victoria Bellamy, Marketing and PR Coordinator with ATMC (Atlantic Telephone Membership Cooperation). The funds were awarded to support the efforts of The Partnership for Children on December 9th 2020. Columbus Partnership was thankful to receive the donation from ATMC to help promote future services for the Columbus County community. For more information the Columbus County Partnership for Children and our programs and services, call 910-642-8226.
Smart Start Holiday Story Time Event Success
Two hundred thirty-seven Columbus County children, representing six families and 12 child care centers and six family child care homes participated in a virtual holiday reindeer story time and craft event recently. The event, sponsored by the Smart Start Early Learning Facility (ELF), featured a holiday reindeer story time and grab and go craft packs.
The Smart Start Early Learning Facility is a lending library with over 3,500 resources available for members to borrow. These resources, which include books, DVDs, CDs, theme kits, etc., assist in the development of pre-literacy skills by promoting reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing for children ages birth to five. While the primary mission of the ELF is to strengthen and support early childhood professionals, parents, caregivers, and community members, the ELF staff also promotes the network of community service agencies operating throughout Columbus County.
The ELF staff is committed to meeting the needs of the community. For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff will provide contactless curbside service and other remote and virtual activities for child care facilities. Families may pick up and drop off materials checked out from the ELF via the contactless procedures as well.
Call the ELF at 910-212-6352 for more information or to reserve resources and schedule contactless curbside services. Families may view available resources online and request selections by visiting www.ELF.rmwebopac.com.
The Smart Start Early Learning Facility is one of several activities of the Columbus County Partnership for Children (Smart Start). Visit the Partnership online at www.columbussmartstart.com. Like the Partnership on Facebook @ColumbusSmartStart.
Lighthouse Project Brightens Holidays for Local Families
Several area families were recipients of toys, diapers, clothes, baby wipes and food items which were donated to the Columbus County Partnership for Children recently. The donation came from the BB&T now Truist Lighthouse Project by Whiteville Accounts Payable.
The BB&T Lighthouse Project is a “company-wide community service project that brings together thousands of associates to impact the lives of millions.”
During the past ten years, more than 12,000 community service projects have been completed and volunteers have spent more than 700,000 hours serving over 18 million people in need.
“We are happy to partner with BB&T now Truist to facilitate distribution of the gifts and much needed supplies to families in our local community” said Dr. Selena Rowell, executive director of Columbus County Partnership for Children. “We appreciate the vision of BB&T to address the crucial needs of families in communities where the financial institutions operate. This donation comes at a critical time for many families in our area,” concluded Rowell.
For additional information about the Columbus County Partnership for Children, call the Partnership at 910-642-8226, visit the website at www.columbussmartstart.org. Like the Facebook page @ColumbusSmartStart.
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The Columbus County Partnership for Children (Smart Start) hosted its annual Pajama Distribution Event, December 7-11, 2020. The event was free of charge and open to families of Columbus County with children ages birth to 5 years old, “The Partnership hosted the pajama event with support from our community partners. It was a much-anticipated event in our community,” said Dr. Selena Rowell, the Partnerships Executive Director. “To host the event again this year, we realized it needed to be organized differently due to the pandemic,” she added. The Partnership gifted 98 families in the community with free pajamas, books and nonperishable food items.
Columbus County Partnership for Children is here for our community during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to reach out to our residents along with our child care providers, local health department, medical providers, school systems and emergency management leadership to ensure that the needs of the families in our area are being met.
If we can assist you in any way, please call 910-499-4548.
Science has determined that the earliest years of life build the foundation for all future learning and success. The brain of a child who has had positive early childhood experiences looks different from one who has not. The structure and wiring are visibly and significantly different.