Our Programs & Services

 Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

- Fred Rodgers

  • Training Coaching & Mentoring

    A highly qualified Early Childcare Professional will mentor, coach and train childcare providers and care givers on techniques that will nurture the development of children in Madison County by promoting the importance of interaction, literacy and play.

  • Smart REWARDS

    We encourage local child care providers to increase their education levels by enrolling in college courses in the field of early childhood education. Smart Rewards’ services include technical support and supplements (stipends) for the successful completion of coursework and/or the achievement of academic milestones (degrees or certifications) in early childhood education.

  • Supporting Family Choices: Kith & Kin Care

    We work with the Health Department to conduct group ‘play days’ for young children and their caregivers (parents, relatives, neighbors) throughout the county, and to make home visits to children by request. The activities include learning-based play groups and developmentally-geared activities for children, and information for their caregivers.


    2017-2018 Info  |  Kith & Kin Play Date Facebook

  • Child Care Resources & Referral

    Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)services are designed to improve the quality of child care in Madison County, as well as to make child care more accessible and available to families. The activities include: local training, technical assistance and professional development counseling for child care providers; child care information, referrals and education for parents; and recruitment and support for potential child care providers.

  • Reach Out and Read

    Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.


    At more than 10 routine health checkups from infancy through 5 years, Reach Out and Read-trained providers:

    • Talk with parents about how important it is to read aloud and engage with their young children
    • Demonstrate how best to look at books and talk about the stories with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage them to cuddle up and read together at home and build routines around books
    • And then give a new book to the child to take home and keep


    At the end of the program, every child has a home-library of books, each given with the advice to parents that they are their child's first and most important teacher.


    Click here to read more about Reach Out & Read


  • Early Literacy

    The partnership supports early literacy programs through partnerships with local medical centers to create a standard part of pediatric care and wellness.  Health care providers use well-child visits to advise parents about the importance of reading to young children to prepare them for success in school.  This effort works to build every child’s home library, while enhancing language development and promoting a stronger and more nurturing home environment.


  • Child Care Subsidy

    We work with the Madison County Department of Social Services to provide subsidies on behalf of children who are enrolled in 4 and 5 star child care programs. Financial assistance is offered for eligible families who are working or are in school.

  • Program Coordination

    The Program Coordinator oversees all programs and projects of the Partnership, providing program planning, technical support, and service monitoring. The Program Coordinator evaluates community needs and analyzes program results to promote the achievement of the Partnership’s mission and goals.


  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

    Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides a free book every month to children living in Madison County ages birth up to five years old. Participating children receive an age appropriate book each month, mailed directly to the child from the time of registration until age 5. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library supports preparing children for kindergarten by exposing children to the concepts of print, encouraging child/parent reading, and increasing early literacy skills.

    Mail completed forms to:

    Madison County Partnership for Children

    PO Box 1657

    Mars Hill, NC 28754

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