The Guilford County Partnership for Children is a local non-profit strategically directing over $17M annually for young children and families in Guilford County. The majority of our funding comes from state and federal funding through contracts with the NC Partnership for Children, and the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education. Additional funding comes from local foundations, corporate and individual giving. GCPC is part of North Carolina’s nationally recognized, statewide Smart Start network. Our mission is to ensure that all Guilford County children ages prenatal to five are emotionally, intellectually and physically ready for success in school.
Our partners include parents, childcare providers, Children & Families First, Guilford County Schools, UNCG Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnership, Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, UNC-G Department of Human Services and Family Services, Guilford County Department of Social Services - Division of Public Health, Guilford County Family Justice Center, Reading Connections, Family Service of the Piedmont, Family Support Network of Central Carolina, Parents as Teachers - YWCA High Point, Children’s Developmental Services Agency, Cone Health Foundation, United Way of Greensboro, the Hispanic Federation, local faith based organizations, the Foundation for a Healthy High Point, Ready for School/Ready for Life, the Greensboro Public Library, and more.
School readiness investments include equitable access to:
High Quality Childcare
For vulnerable 4-year-old children. The NC Pre-K program funds over 2,000 high-quality preschool slots in programs with a quality level of 4 or higher.
Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers and Caregivers
In quality improvement, family engagement, inclusion, classroom management, and childhood obesity prevention. Training in trauma-informed teacher-child interactions is also offered to ensure emotionally responsive, age, and culturally appropriate learning environments. Childcare Health Consultants are also available to ensure adherence to health and safety standards. Peer coaching, community learning, and workforce retention support is also offered.
Family Support Services
Including evidence-based home visiting programs such as Parents as Teachers, Healthy Start, and Guilford Family Connects. Some individualized mental health services are available for children participating in NC Pre-K. Pre-natal and neonatal intensive care support is also available.
Early Literacy Programs
Reading Connections and Dolly Parton Imagination Library.