Kindergarten 101


Smart Start Bidders Conference 2019-2020

The mission of the Rockingham County Partnership for Children (RCPC) is to help children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. RCPC is the leader in early childhood education and services for families in Rockingham County. Because 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first five years of life, optimizing healthy birth outcomes and the next 2,000 days is critically important. RCPC works to give young children the best possible start and a strong foundation so they can grow to be healthy and well-rounded students, employees and members of society. As the early childhood hub for Rockingham County, RCPC advocates for comprehensive and equitable services for all children and families, builds capacity for early childhood educators and meets the needs of our community.


With Smart Start funds, RCPC supports evidence-based & evidence-informed programs for children ages prenatal through five years and their families

The Partnership is currently requesting program applications for the 2019-2020 funding cycle (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). Programs must address one of the following:

  • child care quality, affordability or accessibility
  • early intervention
  • family support
  • health and wellness

Organizations or agencies interested in applying for Smart Start funds must attend a MANDATORY Bidders Conference:

Monday, January 7, 2019, 10:00am-11:30am 

Rockingham County Partnership for Children

7572 NC Hwy 87, Reidsville

All required information will be distributed at the Bidders Conference. 


To reserve a space or for further information please contact:

Heather Adams, Executive Director

(336) 342-9676



2018-2019 NC Pre-K Applications are ready!


Gwyn Early Childhood Scholarship (Fall 2018)

Gwyn Early Childhood Education Scholarships Application

The Trustees of the Gwyn Early Childhood Education Endowment, administered by the Rockingham County Partnership for Children, are pleased to announce applications for the Fall 2018 Gwyn Early Childhood Scholarship are being accepted through Friday, April 27th.     

The Gwyn Early Childhood Education Endowment, established in 2006 by the Jule and Trish Gwyn Family, exists to support educational opportunities for early childhood educators and the field of early childhood education in Rockingham County.  The scholarship supports one student pursuing their Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and one student pursuing their Bachelors Degree.

Mr. Fred Thompson, the Chair of the Endowment Trustees and the Rockingham County Partnership for Children’s Board of Directors shared his excitement, “the Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Children are excited to support early childhood educators in their academic pursuits.  Quality child care is a vital part of Rockingham County’s economic success and we know that well-educated early childhood professionals have an incredibly positive impact on the quality of the classrooms where they teach.”

Scholarships are awarded annually.  Applications are available here or by calling the Partnership at (336) 342-9676. Applications are due to the RCPC office by 5pm on Friday, April 27th.  

If you would like to know more about the endowment, please contact the Rockingham County Partnership for Children at 336-342-9676.


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