The following programs and services are administered by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County.


Baby Links

Baby LINKS provides contact from a registered nurse within the first few days after delivery and again at 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and one year, as needed and requested by the mother.

Block Play Extravaganza 2019

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County is excited to present our Annual Block Play Extravaganza in Nags Head on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. The Block Play Extravaganza will be held at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Thursday, March 28.

Child Care Resource & Referral

CCR&R offers referrals and information on choosing quality child care for families looking for early learning and out-of-school options; provides training, technical assistance, and support to early learning programs and professionals; promotes increased education for Dare County Early Care & Education Professionals by offering professional development planning and laptop computers for participation in on-line courses; provides information on child care supply and demand; and advocates for children's and child care issues for the community.


Child Day Care Assistance Program

Child Day Care Assistance Program offers financial assistance for families who need day care services, so that parents/responsible caretakers can work, seek employment, participate in employment training, or attend school.

Family Support Network

Family Support Network offers support for families with children who have special needs by providing a one-on-one parent match with a trained support parent for emotional support, assistance in finding community resources, and sharing parenting experiences.

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a community-funded program that mails an age-appropriate book directly to a young child’s home every month. Books will be sent to participating children ages birth to five years.

Kidsfest 2020

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County's 13th Annual KidsFest will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

Parenting Enrichment Program

The Parenting Enrichment Program offers a series of free parenting workshops throughout the year. To receive information on these workshops when they are available, be sure to sign up for our newsletter, Dare Kids Connection or visit our Events page,

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers provides parent education and family support to families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Through home visits and group meetings parent educators share child development/parenting information and parent-child activities that promote growth and learning.

Quality Early Learning

The Quality Enhancement Program provides assistance to licensed early learning centers and family child care homes to improve and enhance the quality of child care offered, and to increase their star-rated license. The program provides training on the Environment Rating Scales, pre-assessment, consultation and development of a 6-month action plan, one-on-one technical assistance, training, post-assessment, and assistance with star-rated license application.