10/11/12 — WAGES gets $100,000 N.C. grant

View Archive

WAGES gets $100,000 N.C. grant

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on October 11, 2012 1:46 PM

WAGES Head Start/Early Head Start has been awarded a grant to provide training and technical assistance to child care providers in Wayne, Greene, Lenoir, Johnston and Wilson counties.

The three-year $100,000 grant is part of the N.C. TQRIS, or Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System, Family Engagement Standards Project. Funding is made possible through the Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge Grant.

New standards will soon be introduced into the star-rated licensure system, which will apply to all licensed providers of child care services in the state, said Patricia Colon, WAGES director for children and families.

"There are more than 366, or around 366, providers of child care and providers in early education in that five-county (radius)," she said. "We're hoping that all the providers will participate in the training that goes on in the next three years.

"The training will cover improvements on engaging families and how to teach families to participate in the education process and be involved in their child's transition into kindergarten."

Over the course of the grant period, several training opportunities will be offered, Ms. Colon said.

The first training forum will be held Nov. 16 from 1:30-4 p.m. at WAGES, 601 Royall Ave.

For more information, contact Ms. Colon at 919-580-1796 or pcolon@ wages.ncc.org.