Hyde County Schools Student Support Grant Programs
Dr. Linda Mayo Willis, Ph.D., Director of Student Services and Grants, provides oversight for Hyde County Schools student support annual grants budget averaging approximately $1,000,000 per year. The source of funding for the sponsored programs stems primarily from competitive grant awards she writes on behalf of students and families residing in Hyde County. Dr. Willis’s range of currently active grant awards contains the potential to benefit every child living in Hyde County from birth to eighteen years of age, regardless of family income.
Competitive Grants Sponsored Programs
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant -Transformation Zone
The Early Learning Challenge grant provides county-wide teams consisting of directors of local agencies, policy makers, community and business leaders the opportunity to work together to develop a vision for early childhood services to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. Early childhood programs developed to benefit Hyde County families with children under 5 including the implementation of eight strategies or programs that the Transformation Zone brought to the four selected counties (Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, and Hyde) to strengthen families and increase school readiness. The programs and strategies are listed below:
1. Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC)
Child Care Health Consultants in the Transformation Zone work with child care centers by providing technical assistance to ensure the best practices for health and safety are being followed.
2. Family Connects (Nurse Home Visiting Program for Parents of Newborns)
Family Connects NC is a nurse home visiting program for parents of newborns. Based on the Connects model of home visiting which was piloted in Durham County, NC, Family Connects supports parents' health and social needs after having a baby and connects them with community resources. The services are provided free of charge by registered nurses.
Healthy Social Behaviors (HSB)
The Transformation Zone Healthy Social Behaviors (HSB) initiative provides training and on-site technical assistance to promote the social-emotional development of children enrolled in licensed childcare centers.
Infant Toddler Specialist
The Transformation Zone Infant Toddler Specialist supports child care programs with less than 4 stars serving infants and toddlers on subsidy to implement high quality early learning experiences in support of the goal of a 4-or 5-star rated license.
Three Motheread curricula are implemented in the Transformation Zone:The Birth and Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y); the Motheread/Fatheread curriculum for parents of young children ages 0-5; and the Story Exploring curriculum providing teachers, parents and caregivers with strategies to increase children’s reading comprehension, vocabulary and translation of spoken language to the written word.
North Carolina Babies 1st (NCB1)
NC Babies First (NCB1) is an infant toddler program designed to offer high- quality early learning experiences in 4-and 5-star child care programs to positively impact the development of one-year-olds at-risk for developmental delays due to environmental and/or biological factors.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's model into regular pediatric well-child visits, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children.
Triple P Positive Parenting Program
Triple P is a universal multilevel parenting program that aims to reduce the prevalence of child emotional, behavioral, and mental health problems.
Transformation Zone Community Partners include: Hyde County Health Department, Hyde County Department of Social Services, Hyde County Cooperative Extension Agency, Hyde Ministerial Council for Education, Hyde County Government, North Carolina Partnership for Children, Beaufort /Hyde Partnership for Children, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center,UNC-Chapel Hill, National Implementation Research Network, UNC-Chapel Hill, Office of the Governor, Early Childhood Advisory Council.
21st Century Community Learning Center Program
21st Century Community Learning Program is in its sixth year of operation as an after school tutoring and enrichment program that serves more than 200 students, a third of our total student population. Operated at the Mattamuskeet and Ocracoke school campuses, the program runs during the school year and offers a summer camp staffed by highly qualified personnel.
Community Partners include: Hyde Ministerial Council for Education, Hyde County Health Department, Hyde County Cooperative Extension Agency, Beaufort County Community College
Golden LEAF 1:1 Chromebook Initiative Hyde County Schools
The Golden LEAF 1:1 Chromebook Initiative at Hyde County Schools is one of our newest initiatives. Designed to provide our grades 6 through 12 faculty members with state of the art professional development and all grade 6 though 12 students with Chromebooks, this technology initiative will be in full implementation by December 2016.
Community Partners: Golden LEAF Foundation, other local partnerships are in development given that we are in the earliest stages of project installation.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Education and Enrichment Program
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Education and Enrichment Program provides access to K-12 students on the Ocracoke and Mattamuskeet Schools campuses to high quality hands on and minds on inquiry based enrichment experiences focused on topics in science, math, technology, and engineering. Community Partners: US Department of Interior, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina Museum of Science
Hyde County Schools Prevention and Intervention Program, North Carolina Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Designed to promote pro-social behaviors and clinically trained support to students at risk for engaging in unhealthy behaviors that could derail their optimal development and school achievement.
Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust
(Subcontracted in partnership with Hyde County Health Department)
Now in our fifth year of implementation, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust provides programs to our students that promote healthy active lifestyles. A few of the programs funded by KBR include:
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Sponsored Programs
Established in 2007, receives ongoing support from NC General Assembly to provide a school nurse and a school social worker to work as a team with students deemed "at risk" for academic achievement.
1. Child and Family Support Team
2. North Carolina Prekindergarten Program,
Oversight of three 5 star rated NCPK classrooms for four year-old children. Two classrooms are located at Mattamuskeet Schools campus in Swan Quarter and one classroom is located at Ocracoke School. Hyde County Schools provides prekindergarten services to all age eligible children residing in the county. Prospective students must be four years old by August 31st of every year to enroll.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Programs
1. Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program
2. Healthy Active Schools
3. Healthy Behaviors
4. Alternative Learning Program