Community.

Kids.

Connections.

Child Care & Parenting Resources in One Location

We improve children’s lives through parent education, quality child care resources and leadership on children’s issues throughout the community.

We know the first five years of a child’s life are the most important developmentally and set the foundation for a child’s future. Our parenting programs work to create positive, nurturing relationships between the child and the parents and break the chains of negative behaviors and parenting techniques. We focus on developmentally appropriate behaviors and activities so both the child and parents feel prepared not only for kindergarten but for the bright future ahead of them. The eight programs and two scholarships offered at the Center focus on improving the quality of child care programs in the county, increasing educational opportunities and the skill level of child care providers, and preventing abuse and neglect through intensive parent education, ensuring a healthy start in the child’s life and helping them reach their full potential.

Here are some ways CFRC can help:

  • Training and technical assistance for child care providers
  • Parent Education
  • Educational Library
  • Scholarship Programs

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Help us prevent child abuse

I don’t know why I got to be one of the lucky people born into a family of love, but I was. I recently spent time with my two living grandparents. My paternal granddaddy is 89, and my maternal grandma is 85. They are members of “the Greatest Generation.” Both have experienced poverty firsthand, living through the Great Depression. They have lived and served during times of war and have faced head-on domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce, mental illness, chronic illness and the death of spouses. Issues that tear many people down somehow made these two better. Continue reading…... read more

Tiers System Impacts Children

I’ve heard it said that if you look at where you spend your money, it will show your priorities. I have two: my children (big kids are expensive) and Diet Mountain Dew, which I’m trying desperately to give up but think about all the time. I just love that stuff! North Carolina spends a lot of money across 100 counties. How that money is allocated is sometimes based on complex funding formulas. One such tool is the tiers system that was developed in 1996 as an economic development tool to create tax incentives for new and expanding businesses in North Carolina. Continue reading…... read more

Resilience Helps Avert Abuse

I keep running across this story of resilience where a young woman is telling her mother about some problems in her life. While she is talking, her mother boils three pots of water. In one pot she places carrots, in another she places an egg, and in the third coffee beans. After twenty minutes of boiling, she asks her daughter to tell her what she sees. The carrots went into the water hard but had turned soft. The egg looked the same but had become hard inside. The coffee transformed into something delicious and aromatic — better than it was before. All three experienced the same situation of heat, trauma and 20 minutes in boiling water. The mother told her daughter that her trials were like the boiling water…. Click here to continue... read more