AACF Programs

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) 

The Child Care Resource and Referral services are available in Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. five county region to the child care community, parents and families of children birth to age five, potential providers and the community at large. Services may include: (1) consumer education and referrals to families, (2)professional development support which may include the coordination and provision of training on child care related topics and professional development counseling to support providers, attainment of higher education levels, (3)coaching, modeling and mentoring to child care programs, (4) data collection and analysis, utilizing but not limited to Environmental Rating Scale Assessments (ERS), CLASS Assessment, Program Administration Scales (PAS) and Business Administration Scales (BAS) and (5) public awareness and community outreach regarding early childhood issues, (6) supply and demand data regarding early childhood issues, (7) early childhood workforce data, (8) lending library services in two locations, Pasquotank County and Bertie County- serving children, families and child care providers in the communities that we serve, (9)special events which may be offered throughout the year (i.e. Provider Appreciation, WOYC, Child Care Conferences). This activity will employee at least three full time staff will support this activity. Program income may be used to supplement this activity and food maybe served at some functions associated with this activity.

Camden County NC Pre Kindergarten Program

NC PreK Quality Enhancement and Support- The NC PreK Coordinator will provide quality improvement/assurance activities for NC Pre-K classrooms. These services may include but not be limited to administration of the NC PreK program, on-site TA, training and coaching for NC PreK lead teachers and assistant teachers. Additional support services by the NC PreK Coordinator will assure access to high quality NC Pre K programming.

Evaluation and Program Coordination

The Evaluation and Program Coordination activity will develop and maintain relationships with service providers and provide services critical to program development, implementation and accountability. Services may include but are not limited to: (1) review progress of programs toward meeting programmatic goals and objectives; (2) development of programmatic short- and long-term outputs and outcomes; (3)measurement and reporting of programmatic performance; (4) review of programmatic statistical databases where applicable; (5) provision of technical assistance to service providers and grantees; (6) evaluation of community infrastructure for the provision of services to children; (7) serving as liaison with community providers of services to children; (8) planning, development and oversight of external program evaluation projects; (9) development, collection and review of programmatic reports; and (10) researching best practices for program delivery. Program evaluation and coordination may also include assessment of fidelity compliance, and programmatic monitoring of in-house and direct service providers and grantees. This activity may have up to one full time staff member. The program will collaborate with other staff to raise the awareness of and support for early care and education issues in general and the services provided by Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. in particular through dissemination of public awareness materials, development of a social media presence and other information as deemed appropriate. This activity may also contract for additional evaluation and/or research services. Program income may be used to supplement this activity and food may be served at some functions associated with this activity, in compliance with Smart Start Cost Principles.

Reach Out and Read

This activity will collaborate with medical care practices to provide pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents. The participating trained medical care providers will voluntarily incorporate Reach Out and Read (ROR), an evidence-based model, into young children’s regular pediatric checkups or well-child visits. The medical care providers will implement ROR in their practices according to the National ROR guidelines. During each of the routine visits, children will receive a new, culturally and developmentally appropriate book to take home and read with their parents. The medical care provider will discuss the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourage parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development. The program begins at the child’s 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Medical practices will participate in the parent survey period and submit parent surveys to ROR Carolinas. The medical care practice will display a literacy rich waiting room area that reinforces the doctor’s “prescription to read”. This activity will provide a Project Coordinator to support the medical practice with book ordering, data collection, literacy rich waiting room development and overall program coordination.

Parents as Teachers

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program will strive to meet and maintain the essential requirements established by PAT National Center (PAT NC). Services will include (1) personal visits twice a month for each family (2) regular group connections (3) annual developmental screenings and functional assessments; and (4) referrals to community resources provided to families as needed. Services may be provided throughout the Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. five county region or in portions thereof. There may be as many as two full time parent educators and one part-time parent educator with the education and experience pertinent to serving the target population. All PAT staff will be PAT trained and certified and will strive to implement the program with model fidelity. The program will submit an annual report to PAT as required by PAT National Center (PAT NC) and will engage in PAT Standards Self-assessment according to PAT NC recommendations. Smart Start funds may also be used to support incentives for eligible participants. Priority will be given to parents of children with special needs and to families with one or more PAT risk factors. Staff may offer some additional parenting classes to parents outside of the PAT program.

Family Support Network

Family Support Network staff will devote a .35 FTE full-time staff person, housed in Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. They will organize and provide facilitation of support groups for parents of children with special needs, including children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Mental Health diagnosis, Developmentally Delayed Medical diagnosis and rare conditions and/or oversee such services. Staff will occasionally act as an advocate for parents by attending, upon parental request, meetings with community service providers and may also provide individual referrals and support as requested. Staff will work with the Parent-to-Parent USA program to match parents with children with special needs who have experience and knowledge with parents of children who are newly diagnosed. Staff will serve on local and/or state Interagency Coordinating Council(s) and work closely with the Preschool Early Intervention Program and the North Carolina Family Support Network. In this capacity staff will work to assist and promote early intervention outreach and screening efforts throughout the region. Services may be provided in the office and at a range of community sites.

Child Care Health Consultant

The Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) model promotes healthy and safe environments for children in child care settings through consultation, training, and technical assistance services. Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC) will be a registered Nurse with a Degree in Nursing (ASN or BSN) or a health professional with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in health education or a health related field. The health professionals will become a qualified CCHC in NC through the completion of the NC Child Care Health Consultant Training Course and receipt of a certificate of qualification. The CCHCs support child care staff to identify and resolve health and safety problems, to improve the health and well-being of children in care, including children with special health care needs. CCHCs use assessments developed by the Health and Safety Resource Center of NC to assess the child care facility’s overall health and safety status which guides consultation services with the goal of providing a higher quality environment for the children enrolled. CCHCs promote best practices for nutrition and physical activity, including promoting breast-feeding friendly facility policies and procedures. CCHCs also work with child care facilities to increase children’s access to primary, preventive health care and health insurance. CCHCs will follow the North Carolina CCHC model for implementation. This activity will employ 2 FTE’s.

Smart Start Child Care Enhanced Scholarship

Financial assistance will be paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of part- or full-day care and/or rate enhancements for families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Includes wrap-around care for children attending other publicly funded part-day programs such as NC Pre-K, Head Start or Developmental Day Schools. Data will be reported into the state-level Smart Start Reporting System on a monthly basis.

Smart Start Child Care Scholarship Administration

This activity will provide services to support the implementation of child care subsidy including program administration; family outreach and application; eligibility determination; payment processing; annual recertification; and reporting, etc.

Smart Start Child Care Scholarship 

Financial assistance will be paid on a direct per child basis for the purchase of part- or full-day care and/or rate enhancements for families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Includes wrap-around care for children attending other publicly funded part-day programs such as NC Pre-K, Head Start or Developmental Day Schools. Data will be reported into the state-level Smart Start Reporting System on a monthly basis.

Raising A Reader 

A Raising A Reader (RAR) Community Coordinator will implement Raising A Reader, a program that promotes improved literacy development through daily book sharing between caregivers and young children. The RAR Coordinator will hold a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related human service field and is required to attend the RAR National Coordinator Training prior to initial implementation. Coordinators will host two trainings for the site implementers that have been identified to participate in this project. Child care centers, child care homes, or other community sites with a high percentage of low-income children will be targeted and will loan families a book bag containing high quality developmentally appropriate children’s books. The books will be exchanged each week. Weekly shared reading sessions will take place at each RAR site. Parents of the children in the project will be invited to participate in at least two parent workshops where they will learn book sharing strategies. At least one library event will be provided for RAR participants and their families. Participants and their families will be provided with library information, library card application, and other community literacy resources. The program will be implemented with model fidelity as described above. Smart Start funds may also be used for books for children, child care for participants, and/or incentives for eligible participants.

Safe Care Parenting Program 

Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. (AACF) will implement an additional evidence based Parenting Support Program called SafeCare. SafeCare is an evidence-based, home visiting program, for parents of children 5 years old or younger who are at-risk for or have been involved with child neglect or neglect. SafeCare Providers work with families in their homes to improve parents skills in three areas: 1) Parent-infant/child interactions 2) Home safety and 3) Child health care. SafeCare is a home-based program that promotes parent skill acquisition in the family’s natural environment for learning. It’s designed to be completed in 18 sessions (6 sessions per each of the 3 modules). The actual length of the program for each family will depend on the parent’s initial skills; the visit could be short or lengthy, but usually no more than one hour. AACF, SafeCare and The National SafeCare Research and Training Center (NSRTC) will work collaboratively to reach families and children that are at risk for child abuse, neglect and maltreatment. Services will include but may not be limited to (1) personal visits for each family (2) healthy and safety checks for all families enrolled in the programs and (3) referrals to community resources provided to families as needed. Services may be provided throughout the Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. five county region or in portions thereof, but not restricted to those counties only. There will be no more than two full time parent educators with the education and experience pertinent to serving the target populations for SafeCare. All staff will be SafeCare trained and certified and will implement the programs with model fidelity. The program will submit to SafeCare any reports as required by SafeCare, as well as recordings of the SafeCare sessions required for certification of all parent educators. Staff will engage in SafeCare Coaching as required by SafeCare and NSRTC. Smart Start funds may also be used to support incentives for eligible participants. Priority will be given to parents of children with SafeCare risk factors and families with open cases of abuse and neglect or substantiated cases of abuse and neglect. Staff may offer some additional parenting classes to parents outside of this program as well.

Incredible Years 

Incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers and have been show to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since FY 2012-2013. The program has been offered in Gates County and is currently being offered in Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank as well.

This program provides services based on the Principles of Family Support Practices. It demonstrates a commitment to meaningful parent engagement and leadership opportunities as well as collaborative relationships with community partners in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It implements primary and/or secondary prevention services and targets the populations that are considered most at risk of child abuse and neglect. Children and families are recruited voluntarily. Participants are inclusive of parents of children with special needs, parents with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities and members of underserved and underrepresented groups. This program also promotes one or more of the five protective factors linked to lower incidences of child abuse and neglect and provided a service or implements a program that demonstrates an acceptable level of evidence-based or evidence informed practice. It also uses outcome accountability and evaluation tools that demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families.

Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. While Circle of Parents is open to anyone who wants to participate, many groups focus on parents with specific needs — like grandparents raising grandchildren, fathers of preschoolers, Spanish-speaking parents, or parents of special needs children. Participants learn how to advocate for their children and how to parent in a positive way. They also build leadership skills and gain a network of support. This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since 2011-2012. Currently this program is offered by Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. in Currituck, Camden, Gates and Pasquotank counties.

Exceptional Family Members Program (EFMP)

This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since 2011-2012. It is only offered in our local service area based on the needs determined by Child Care Aware of America. They recommend families to us as they locate them and when they have children that have special needs.

Child Care Services Association Grant (CCR&R Core Services, Infant/Toddler Specialist, Consumer Education, Healthy Social Behaviors Specialist)

These services have been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since 2006-2007. Currently this program is offered Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. in 10 counties within Region 1- Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans, and Pasquotank.

This grant has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since 2006. This grant has been renewed in some capacity for each of the following years through the present. It provides support to Region 1, which encompasses 10 counties in North Eastern NC (Bertie, Camden, Currituck, Chowan, Dare, Hertford, Gates, Northampton, Perquimans and Pasquotank)

This grant allows Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. to serve at the lead child care resource and referral agency for Region 1. It ensures that the statewide project goals and outcomes are accomplished. This commitment includes but is not limited to the CCR&R Core Services, Consumer Education, Infant/Toddler Enhancement Project and the Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors in Child Care Settings Project (HSB).

The Infant Toddler Specialist program provides training, technical assistance and support to improve the quality and availability of infant/toddler child care in Region 1.

The Healthy Social Behaviors Specialist addresses behavior issues in children by offering services designed to identify, prevent and modify these behaviors, as well as decrease the amount of children being asked to leave child care programs. This program targets teachers in the classroom, parents and children in the ten counties of Region 1.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007 and Australia joined in 2013.

We currently receive funding from the North Carolina Partnership for Children to plan, promote and implement this program in all five of our service area counties.

NC Pre-K

This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since we assumed the contract in SFY 2013-2014. Currently this program is only administered by Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. in Camden County.

The NC Pre-kindergarten (NC Pre-K) program will serve four-year-olds who are at-risk for school failure.  Classes will be located in high quality child care facilities and public schools.   As contract administrator, the Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. will coordinate the program, train teachers in approved curriculum, ensure administration of developmental screenings and assess classrooms using the ECERS-R.  The Contract Administrator and TA Practitioners will coordinate with the Division of Child Development and Early Education to ensure NC Pre-K guidelines are met.  This activity will collaborate with school systems, child care providers and families to promote successful kindergarten transitions and may incur meeting expenses. The Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. provides quality maintenance support to currently approved NC Pre-K classrooms. Activities may include curriculum and assessment supports, mentoring for teachers in Early Educator Support, Licensure and Professional Development (EESLPD), onsite consultation regarding environmental rating scales, classroom curriculum and on-going child assessments, etc. Funds may be provided to assist NC Pre-K programs in acheiving and/or maintaining quality programming.

Prep

Teen pregnancy is closely linked to critical social issues, including poverty, low birth weight, health issues, school failure and child abuse and neglect. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services administers programs to prevent teen pregnancy through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives (TPPI).

PREPare for Success (PREP) is a program of TPPI that focuses on reducing the teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in North Carolina. PREPare for Success is designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV/AIDS, and adulthood preparation subjects which include healthy relationships, healthy life skills, adolescent development, and parent-child communication. To support effective implementation of PREP,the evidenced-based program models, Making Proud Choices and Reducing the Risk shall be utilized.  To support the adulthood preparation subject, parent-child communication, the Contractor shall also replicate the evidence-based program model, Parents Matter serving parents of youth 9 to12 years of age.

Through replication of these evidence-based program models, adolescents will be empowered with information they need to make healthy decisions about their emotional and physical well-being, will explore relationships, decision-making, assertiveness, peer pressure, and other topics related to health and human sexuality.

Family Support of North Eastern NC

AACF received funding through UNC Chapel Hill to this initiative.

Family Support is a community based approach that:

  • Increases the strength and resilience of families and children
  • Supports parents as they help their children with special needs achieve their full potential
  • Improves community providers’ capacity to serve families with children who have special needs

Better Beginnings for Bertie’s Children

Better Beginnings for Bertie’s Children (BBBC)is a collaborative coalition of stakeholders in Bertie County concerned about the future of our youngest citizens. This coalition has been meeting for the past three years and has identified early education as a top priority for both the economic success of our county and to assist our families to reach their fullest potential. BBBC has identified several strategies that will offer unique supports for every family and child in Bertie County, offer the highest quality early learning opportunities across the county, raise the profile of the critical importance of early education and learning and allow BBBC to serve as information navigators and provide families and children access to coordinated community resources. Research tells us that children who receive high quality early learning opportunities begin Kindergarten with a distinct advantage over those children that have had no early learning opportunities. In Bertie County, 60% of our children are not in any type of formal early learning environment. For these children, Kindergarten is their first and only introduction to an academic environment.

Better Beginnings for Bertie’s Children is committed to locating those children who are in need of high quality programs and services and connecting those families with those services.

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What people are Saying about AACF

“Thank God you did this for us…”

Albemarle Alliance had a safety day and the fire department, police department, the Elks club and other sponsors were doing a carseat give away. This could not have come at a more perfect time. My man lost his job in April and was wrongfully denied unemployment while he looked for a job. My daughter turns 2 on the 22nd and desperately needed to upgrade her carseat. It's hard to do with NO MONEY. Thank God you did this for us and many other families. I'm gonna speak for everyone and say thank you to everyone involved. And a big thank you to Faith for informing our support group for my family's​ needs being met.


Angie Young

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T14:47:32+00:00

Angie Young

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Albemarle Alliance had a safety day and the fire department, police department, the Elks club and other sponsors were doing a carseat give away. This could not have come at a more perfect time. My man lost his job in April and was wrongfully denied unemployment while he looked for a job. My daughter turns 2 on the 22nd and desperately needed to upgrade her carseat. It's hard to do with NO MONEY. Thank God you did this for us and many other families. I'm gonna speak for everyone and say thank you to everyone involved. And a big thank you to Faith for informing our support group for my family's​ needs being met.

“…an Amazing program…”

I have been taking the incredible years program with Kathy and Jennifer, we are on week 9 I believe. I am so sad to know that we are half way done. It's an amazing program with wonderful teachers, they always remember what we (the class) have had issues with the previous week and ask, how it's coming along.  They give us amazing advice or ways to handle different situations. They make you think, which is good.


The group discussion have been a blessing as well, I have met amazing local parents who I can lean on for support.  I know we will be friends long after the program is over.


Thank you for the wonderful program and the teachers. I recommend anyone who is thinking about taking the program, should.  It's been so helpful! The way I parent my 2.5 year old and my 4 month old have completely changed (for the better).


Latisha Ashlee

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T14:50:19+00:00

Latisha Ashlee

- Client -

I have been taking the incredible years program with Kathy and Jennifer, we are on week 9 I believe. I am so sad to know that we are half way done. It's an amazing program with wonderful teachers, they always remember what we (the class) have had issues with the previous week and ask, how it's coming along.  They give us amazing advice or ways to handle different situations. They make you think, which is good. The group discussion have been a blessing as well, I have met amazing local parents who I can lean on for support.  I know we will be friends long after the program is over. Thank you for the wonderful program and the teachers. I recommend anyone who is thinking about taking the program, should.  It's been so helpful! The way I parent my 2.5 year old and my 4 month old have completely changed (for the better).

“Our Family LOVES the programs…”

Our entire family LOVES the programs of AACF! We have been impressed by the facilitator at workshops and we absolutely ADORE Jenna with Parents As Teachers!


Corcynthia Williams

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T14:52:20+00:00

Corcynthia Williams

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Our entire family LOVES the programs of AACF! We have been impressed by the facilitator at workshops and we absolutely ADORE Jenna with Parents As Teachers!

“…a great resource…”

I would advise first time moms especially to contact this wonderful organization. They are a great resource and have lots of great information for all parents!!!


Toneka Graham

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T14:56:13+00:00

Toneka Graham

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I would advise first time moms especially to contact this wonderful organization. They are a great resource and have lots of great information for all parents!!!

“…they offer many programs…”

Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families has helped me in a couple ways...first they offer many programs such as Safecare which I love. Also they offer free car seats for kids which so awesome... Before this year I had no idea AACF existed.


Krisitn Stokes

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T14:58:41+00:00

Krisitn Stokes

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families has helped me in a couple ways...first they offer many programs such as Safecare which I love. Also they offer free car seats for kids which so awesome... Before this year I had no idea AACF existed.

“A Wonderful Organization!”

I cannot thank Jenna and Angie enough! A wonderful organization!


Brooke Williams

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Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families
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2019-05-07T15:00:17+00:00

Brooke Williams

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I cannot thank Jenna and Angie enough! A wonderful organization!
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