Community Action's Extended Day Child Care Services program is committed to providing high quality school-readiness based child care as an extension to the Head Start instruction day. This program utilizes evidence based care and instruction, which furthers the child's social, emotional and academic development. As a practical and financial matter for most Head Start parents, enrolling your child in Extended Day reduces the need for children to be transported from a full day at a Head Start facility to a different childcare facility.
We understand that many families are paying a substantial amount of their regular paycheck to cover the costs of quality childcare. At Community Action, we are pleased to accept childcare vouchers through NC Department of Social Services. Under the childcare voucher program, parents are referred by Community Action Staff to the local Department of Social Services Child Care Unit to secure a voucher, which will cover the costs of childcare.
Parents not eligible for voucher are offered a private pay rate. At Community Action, our private pay rate measures quite favorably against other local child care facilities.
In Salisbury, the Extended Day program is offered for children 3- 5 years in age at the Price Head Start Center located at 1300 West Bank Street, Salisbury, NC. Children enrolled at Livingstone Head Start, and Wiley Lash Head Start may be transported to Price for Extended Day services. As our program develops further resources, our Extended Day program will ultimately be expanded to cover all of our Head Start Counties.
While in Extended Day, children are afforded additional opportunities and experiences to learn and grow through supervised play based activities that enhance: Science, Technology, Art, Math, Health, Nutrition and Parent Engagement. Operating in a five star rated licensed center, our Extended Day services are provided from 2:30-6:00pm, Monday thru Friday, based on parent needs.
In order to participate in Extended Day, a Head Start parent/guardian must either be (1) working 30 hours per week; (2) enrolled in higher education; or (3) participating in job training program (such as our CSBG program here at Community Action).
The Extended Day program is regulated by the North Carolina Division of Child Development Rules and Regulations.