Our Programs & Services

Smart REWARDS


The Partnership encourages local child care providers to increase their education levels by enrolling in college courses in the field of early childhood education. Smart REWARDS’ services include technical support and supplements (stipends) for the successful completion of coursework and/or the achievement of academic milestones (degrees or certifications) in early childhood education. Contact: Whitney Nazari Email: whitney@madisonss.org Phone: 828.689.1525




Child Care Resource & Referral


Child Care Resource & Referral services are designed to improve the quality of child care in Madison County, as well as to make child care more accessible and available to families. The activities include: local training, technical assistance and professional development counseling for child care providers; child care information, referrals and education for parents; and recruitment and support for potential child care providers. Contact: Penny Briggs Email: penny@madisonss.org Phone: 828.689.1529




Supporting Family Choices: Kith & Kin Care


The Partnership conducts group ‘play days’ for young children and their caregivers (parents, relatives, neighbors) throughout the county. The activities include learning-based play groups and developmentally-geared activities for children, and information for their caregivers. Contact: Beth Detwiler Email: anestinghouse@gmail.com Phone: 828.649.5189




Reach Out & Read


The partnership supports early literacy programs through partnerships and local medical centers to create a standard part of pediatric care and wellness. Health care providers use well-child visits to advise parents about the importance of reading to young children to prepare them for success in school. This effort works to build every child’s home library, enhance language development and promote a stronger and more nurturing home environment. Email: books@madisonss.org Phone: 828.689.1528




Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides a free book every month to children living in Madison County ages birth up to five years old. Participating children receive an age appropriate book each month, mailed directly to the child from the time of registration until age 5. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library supports preparing children for kindergarten by exposing children to the concepts of print, encouraging child/parent reading, and increasing early literacy skills. Email: books@madisonss.org Phone: 828.689.1528 Download a registration form here: Click Here




Child Care Subsidy


The Partnership works with the Madison County Department of Social Services to provide subsidies on behalf of children who are enrolled in 4 and 5 star child care programs. Financial assistance is offered for eligible families who are working or are in school. Contact: Madison County DSS Phone: 828.649.2711




Program Coordination


The Program Coordinator oversees all programs and projects of the Partnership, providing program planning, technical support, and service monitoring. The Program Coordinator evaluates community needs and analyzes program results to promote the achievement of the Partnership’s mission and goals. Contact: Lynn Bowles Email: lynn@madisonss.org Phone: 828.689.1526





Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

~Fred Rogers