Literacy Resources for Moore County Families

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, and you know your child best. It is important to keep that in mind as you seek services and information to help you make the best decisions for your child and your family. Below you will find local, regional, state, and national resources related to your child’s health and development. For one-on-one support, dial 2-1-1 on your phone to access United Way’s referral service. You may also call Partners for Children & Families at (910) 949-4045.

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Local Literacy and Early Learning Programs

Free books
Several local organizations gather new and lightly used books to give to families in need. If you are concerned that your child needs access to more books in your home, call Partners for Children & Families at (910) 949-4045.
Moore County's local chapter of the AAUW is implementing the Laundromat Project in three locations throughout Moore County. Baskets of books are placed in Laundromats and other strategic locations where parents have an opportunity to sit and read with their children. Over 4,000 books have been distributed to families in Southern Pines, Carthage, and Robbins. For more information, contact Christine Ganis
The mission of AIMS is to “promote the love of reading” among the youth of Moore County. The program was founded in 2014 by Angie Tally, of The Country Bookshop and was inspired by original store owner, Joan Scott, who in 1994, created the Angel Tree Project to provide books to needy Moore County students during the holiday season. As part of  the AIMS program, authors visit schools to speak to the children and sign their books, which in many cases will be the first they’ve ever owned.
From games and athletics to drug prevention workshops, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills offers young people a range of fun and productive activities. Clubs are open each day after school from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – when research has shown children to be most vulnerable to gangs, violence and other risky behaviors. In the summer, Clubs and special summer-only sites open their doors all day to young people with nowhere else to go.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Parenting classes and support groups are available.
This project makes new, age-appropriate books available directly to the families of young children in need and encourages parents to read to their children. During home visits and parent sessions, staff members from Moore County Health Department, Moore County Department of Social Services, Moore County Schools, Life Care Pregnancy Center, North Moore Family Resource Center, Sandhills Community College, and the Children's Developmental Services Agency distribute books and provide literacy advocacy efforts.
Family Storytimes and Summer Reading Programs
Several local libraries and businesses offer storytimes and other resources for your family to enjoy.

Family Support Network
Provides parent training, support groups, social gatherings, educational courses and workshops for parents of children with developmental disabilities or special needs.

Growing Moore Readers unites families and community partners to make every moment a brain building moment for children in our community. We work together to ensure all children in Moore County achieve the most important predictor of long term success - grade-level reading by the end of the third grade. Call Partners for Children & Families at (910) 949-4045. 
The Moore County Literacy Council provides support to Moore County adults who want to improve their English language reading and writing skills to succeed in daily life. Call (910) 692-5954.
Provides information on the district and its schools, including preschool information, calendar, enrollment, testing, and code of conduct. Call (910) 947-2976.
Provides financial and family support to families with children ages birth-12, including Medicaid, food and nutrition services, child support and Work First. Call (910) 947-2436.
MooreHealth is volunteer community organization committed to developing cooperative planning that promotes health and improves the quality of life for the residents of Moore County, NC. MooreHealth sponsors several local Born Learning Trails. These trails are a series of interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.
Access information about local child care facilities and child care licensing information. Call 1 (800) 859-0829.
The Child Care Education & Referral Program educates families about high-quality child care and provides referrals to local child care centers, homes, half-day preschools, after-school care, summer camps, and NC PreK. Call 1-877-230-3024. 
Reach Out and Read prepares the youngest children in our community to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Portal of entry for all children birth-3 into the Infant-Toddler program, offering multidisciplinary developmental evaluations, determining eligibility and service coordination. Call (910) 295-3133.
Summer Learning Programs and Camps
Several local groups provide ongoing summer programing and camp opportunities.
This Initiative helps prepare children, parents, schools and the community for the milestone of entering kindergarten. Call Partners for Children & Families at (910) 949-4045.  
Provides information on the district and its schools, including preschool information, calendar, enrollment, testing, and code of conduct. Call (910) 947-2976.