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Child Care Resources and Referral

The purpose of Smart Start Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is to serve children, child care providers and families by supplying current quality child care and other critical support services vital to the total well-being of the children in Chowan and Perquimans Counties.

Families are offered information and brochures on how to choose quality child care including information on all types of care, components of quality care, how to evaluate care, other community services and availability of financial services.

Information provided by families will be used to counsel and make referrals to child care programs to meet the needs of both the child and the family. No recommendations will be made.

Call us at 252-482-3035 or 800-262-8314 to set up an appointment.

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Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provides one-on-one parenting consultations for specific behaviors or parental practical strategies to strengthen parenting skills. Consultation services on a variety of behavioral topics and issues in young children and how to reduce parental stress are available by appointment.

Call the Partnership Office at 252-482-3035 to set up a Triple P Consultation or to learn about upcoming seminars.

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Let Us Help You Install Your Child’s Auto Safety Seats

Child Passenger Seat Permanent Checking Station: We provide car seat inspections and assistance with installation. An estimated four out of five children who are placed in child restraints and booster seats are improperly restrained: Be SAFE and call the partnership at 252-482-3035 to set up an appointment for assistance in proper installation of your child’s car seat.

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B.A.B.Y. (Birth and Beginning Years)

A health education and early literacy program targeted at new and expecting parents during their child’s early development and first year of life. Sessions are offered in the Fall and Spring. Call to register at 252-482-3035.

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Child Care Scholarship Program

Provides financial assistance to families who are working or attending secondary education courses and are in need of child care. Call to get more information.

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Provides a free book monthly for children ages birth up until their fifth birthday. Parents may register on-line at or call our office to register.

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School Readiness

Information and resources are available for parents and caregivers on preparing children for school.

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Toys for Tots

Families may apply for Toys for Tots October 1 – October 31.  Applications must be received by the deadline in order to receive toys.

Download Application

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Playgroup

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are weekly facilitated playgroups for young children birth to 5 years of age who have not yet started Kindergarten, along with their family and caregivers. The Playgroup gives parents, family, and other caretakers hands-on experience of what play activities they can do at home to support their children’s learning and healthy development. The Playgroup meets Tuesday mornings at 10:00 – 11:30 at the County Library.

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Week of the Young Child Children’s Festival

The event will be held April 20, 2024. This is a free event held for families with young children at the Perquimans Parks & Recreation Center from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Information about local and regional resources will be available along with fun outdoor activities.