Smart Start of Pender County Quarterly Newsletter
April, May, June | Volume XIX, Issue IV
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Come & Check Out Our Resource Library!

Kids are welcome too! 
We have a children’s table set up in the front of our Resource Library (Kids Zone) where your child can do crafts while you are working in the workroom or checking out your materials.  

Our membership fees increased effective July 1, 2019!
¨ $25.00 annually for Preschool Teachers, Teacher Assistants and early education staff  members serving infants, toddlers and youths up to age 5.
¨ $30.00 annually for Teachers, Teacher Assistants and staff members serving school-age children beginning at Kindergarten level.
¨ $25.00 annually for individuals and families with children birth to preschool.
¨ $30.00 annually for individuals and families with school age children or no children.
¨ $30.00 annually for registered child care homes.
¨ $40.00 annually for registered child care centers with a licensed capacity of 40 children or less.
¨ $50.00 annually for registered child care centers with a licensed capacity of more than 40 children. 
¨ $60.00 annually for nonprofit agencies, PTO's/ public and home school groups, church groups, and family resource centers with up to 10 secondary members ($5.00 for each    additional member).
Resource Library Members
COVID-19 Update
We will be extending the Resource Library membership to our patrons to cover the time we are unavailable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep patrons and stakeholders updated as we receive information pertaining to our Resource Library program, including any changes in operations. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you in the future.
Essential workers who need child care, call
(8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) to find options for infants through age 12. You may also be eligible for financial assistance. @ncdhhs #COVID19NC
For Our Providers
A big THANK YOU to our child care
facilities for staying open to our
essential workers during this
challenging time!
  Friday, May 8, 2020, is Provider Appreciation Day!
It is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.
For Our Parents
Practice self care, now more than ever. The CDC recommends adults:
· Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate . Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals , exercise regularly , get plenty of sleep , and avoid alcohol and drugs .

· Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Belly Breathing
Belly breathing is easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress.
1.  Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
2.  Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
3.  Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
4.  Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
5.  Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.
Do you need help finding meals for your child? Text FOODNC to 877-877. After you enter your address, you will get a text back with the location and serving times of nearby sites offering free meals for children ages 18 and younger. Sites are set up across NC. #COVID19NC
Who Can Apply?
Any child in Pender County who will be 3 or 4 years old before August 31, 2020

What Will You Need?
Bring the child's birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record and Medicaid, Health Choice or Insurance Information
Bring the family's: Proof of residency (current utility bill, lease/mortgage paperwork), Income verification (1040/W2/1099 for 2019, DSS income report, Supplemental Security Income letter, TANF) parent/guardian picture identification and guardianship papers (if applicable).
Submit the documents and application to the preschool administration office at 210 E. Fremont Street in Burgaw from 8:30-2:30 PM Monday-Friday. Call 910-259-7603 with any questions.
  “Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book, Dolly shares stories that are just right for this moment in time.
Once a week for 10 weeks at 7:00 PM EST, The Book Lady will deliver her story with the  program available across the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments, and Dollywood channels. The read alongs will be a personal gift from Dolly to all families. Free of charge but not free from obligation as the message will be to pass on the love and keep hope alive because we are all Together, You and I.
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.” – Dolly Parton
For more information or to participate in these readings please visit
Register your child today to receive a FREE, new book each month until age 5. Smart Start of Pender County and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working  together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE program for all families with young children in Pender County regardless of income or zip code. You can register online by visiting or contact Angel Parker, Early LiteracyConsultant at or at (910) 259-9978.
*Please keep in mind that the books can only be delivered to your mailing address .
Remember to Laugh!
While COVID-19 has many symptoms, laughter is not one of them. However, during this difficult time it is even more important to create an environment with laughter and humor.
A Merry Heart Does Good Like a Medicine. Laugh releases endorphins that have healing power. Endorphins are the hormones that make you feel good and peaceful inside.

Humor can have many positive effects:
· It is a good way of getting people to listen to you
· It relaxes a very tense situation
· It helps the stay indoors bearable
Laughter has been shown to:
· Diminish pain.
· Decrease stress.
· Boost your mood.
· Burn calories (yes, a robust laughter can burn about 40 calories).
Add laughter to daily routines to stay healthy, improve your mental state, and boost to your immunity. So, smile at a baby. Laugh with a toddler. Tell a joke to an older child. And stay as positive as you can!
For more info please visit the following references:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19, https:// index.html
Early Intervention
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organization. All donations are tax deductible. Any form of contribution is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a contribution to Smart Start of Pender County please complete this form and return it to our office. Make checks payable to Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. All contributions are used to enhance services to young children.

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Calendar of Events
Smart Start of Pender County will be closed to the public during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We know that many of the Child Care Providers still need Credit Hours. We have provided some links below to help!

About Us
Board of Directors

James “Jimbo” Robbins -
Board Chair

Sharon Willoughby - Secretary
Donald Hall - Treasurer
Leslie Green – Vice Chair

Angela Beacham
Dr. Charles Aiken
Stacie Poulin
Rev. Dean Walker
Shontel Kirby
Rachel Willaims
Joan Taylor
Elizabeth Peterson
William Marchburn
Edith Meza
S. Eugene Jordan
Tonya Hooks
Cathy Guidry
      If you are interested in serving on the Smart Start of Pender County Board of Directors, or volunteering with our agency, please contact our office at (910) 259-9978 or stop by and visit with us
   Hours of Operation
Mon, Tues, Thurs
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
First Saturday of every month
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
(Closed the first Friday of every month)

Phone: (910) 259-9978
 Fax: (910) 259-9728

The staff of Smart Start of Pender County would like to
thank our board members, child care providers and our local community for investing in early care and education.

We also want to give a special thank you to our
volunteer Charles Corley.
Connie Carr-Costin, MSW
Executive Director
  Ext: 31
Angel Parker
Early Literacy Consultant  
  Ext: 24
Shelly Martin
Quality Program Manager  
  Ext: 36
Regina Bass-Corley, M.A.Ed
Resource Library Coordinator   Ext: 27
Candice Dillard
Quality Consultant   
Jasmin Johansen
Program Evaluation Coordinator    Ext: 26
The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that provide opportunities for every child to grow into his or her potential as a person.