The Family First line is open for parents who have a question or need more information about available resources. If a Family First Specialist is not available, please leave a message when you call and someone will return your call soon. Call 252-985-4300, ext. 220.

Food & Nutrition Services and Medical Assistance

Apply online for Food and Nutrition Services, as well as Medical Assistance including Medicaid and NC Health Choice (CHIP)

Text to Live Healthy

Staying fit and healthy has never been more important. Good nutrition and physical activity are important protections against illnesses like COVID-19. We want to help. Sign up for the Poe Center’s Text to Live Healthy program for weekly text messages with tips on nutrition and physical activity. Registration is free. Standard data usage charges may apply. To register:

Text GARDEN to 21333.

Manda JARDIN al 21333

**Note – Text messages will be available in English or Spanish. Registration is free, but the user’s standard data usage charges may apply. You may unsubscribe at any point. Your contact information will not be shared with any other parties.

Join us in the effort to keep North Carolina families healthy and fit.

Grants Available to Community Organizations for Remote Learning Support

North Carolina community-based organizations (CBOs) that are providing remote learning support for students while schools are in Plan B or C due to the Coronavirus pandemic are invited to apply for up to $100,000 per remote learning site for COVID-19 relief funds.  For further information, please see:

As Smart Start and the NC Partnership for Children seek to understand how community coalitions/initiatives are engaging in the ACEs/Trauma/Resilience work, we are starting with how work is being described.  Please see the survey link below. Your feedback is appreciated.

Community Resilience Survey

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, DEPC will suspend all on-site and public events as well as group activities including playgroups, trainings and workshops until further notice.


The National Family Support Network’s Webinar Wednesdays series raises awareness of valuable work in the Family Support and Strengthening Field.  An overview of the Standards of Quality is provided on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Click the link below for upcoming webinar dates.

School-Age Child Care

Why Is Quality Child Care Important? A child’s brain goes through amazing changes and growth during their early years. The experiences that children have during this time will affect how they learn and develop. Quality child care offers positive learning experiences and nurturing relationships with trusted adults who understand child development. A quality child care setting will have caregivers who understand and know how to meet your child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

Do you need help finding:  Pre-K Programs; Family Childcare Homes; Childcare Centers; School-Age Programs (can be a full day program during School year); Respite Care.
We serve Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Wilson & Warren

Call us at Find Childcare NC Hotline 1-888-600-1685 or 252-985-4300 ext. 220 

See links below for more info. 

Let’s Talk!

This online opportunity is for North Carolina families who have children up to three years old who have disabilities or delays in one or more areas of development. We can discuss Early Intervention services available through the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program, how to navigate systems, Individualized Family Service Plans, transitions and more.

The question(s) submitted by families upon registration will guide our discussion.

Let’s Talk about what is important to YOU!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2 Sessions Available!

11:00 am & 7:00 pm

Food Sites

Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children

Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at [] and is updated daily. Press Release []


Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

Please visit our Facebook page for the list of bus stops with times and updates.

Edgecombe County Schools

In addition to our district Facebook page,, please also make sure to check the Facebook page for your child’s school for additional information, videos, and resources.

We have established a hotline for any questions or concerns you may have. Please call 252-641-2609. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

Check for updates here.

K&W  – 11am-1pm – Lunch served –  kids 1-18 eat free

Boys & Girls Club  Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Site – Lunch served – club members

PeaceMakers – 11 am – 1 p.m. – lunch served

United Community Ministries: Lunch for anyone who comes from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Located at 341 McDonald St. in Rocky Mount.

Assistance for Church Food Programming Affected by COVID-19

RAFI-USA’s Come to the Table program has a limited amount of technical assistance funds to assist rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina that are engaging in emergency hunger relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis with mini-grants of up to $1,000. Assistance is available on a first-come first-served basis to qualifying projects.
– Support is available for the following types of projects :

– Buying food from local farmers and/or food businesses (restaurants, etc) to give to food insecure community members

– Funds to buy fuel used to deliver food to food insecure community members

– Other projects deemed relevant

Please reach out to Michelle Osborne at or 919-704-6920 with any questions.


No Kid Hungry NC has created a fantastic resource called Where Can I Find School Meals.  It is updated regularly.

Child Care Information

Harrison Family YMCA

The YMCA is stepping in to help fill community needs where we can be most helpful by providing childcare for Essential Workers (determined by Governor Coopers Executive Order 112). We have updated our procedures to keep your family as safe as possible while having fun, completing homework packets in our dedicated tutoring time, and continuing to develop youth while you’re away! For more information on how to get registered please contact Youth and Family Director, Ivy Averette at (252)-972-9622 ext. 239 or by email

We are also able to provide teleservices.  Anyone interested in teleservices can follow up with Ivy at 252-972-9622 ext. 239 or by email at

The CDC has been urgently encouraging people to wash their hands frequently during the COVID-19 crisis. Click on the link below for video segments for both children and adults, some in English, some in Spanish, on the proper hand washing technique. There are also segments on coughing into a tissue and the importance of vaccinating children.

CDC Video Segments

Join a virtual playgroup!

Looking for ideas of fun things to try at home with your preschooler? Our Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups are going virtual! Please email Debra Boudreau at to be included in our weekly sharing of themed crafts, songs and simple play ideas designed to promote your child’s continued development.

Other Resources

Resources for Small Businesses

The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending Program, funded through the generous support of the Golden LEAF Foundation, will be managed by the Rural Center, with direct lending facilitated by Thread Capital, Business Expansion Funding Corporation (BEFCOR), Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Self-Help Credit Union, Mountain BizWorks, and Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF).
Here’s where you come in: We need you to help us spread the word. Do you know a small business in your local community or region that has been impacted by COVID-19? Tell them to visit to learn more and start the application for a rapid recovery loan.

Online Resources

Triple P Parenting Tools

Scholastic Learn at Home

Be Active Kids Online resources

From ABCs to ACTs

Virtual Field Trips with Links

Take a virtual field trip…visit Mars, the zoo!

DEPC Links to Reading Resources

Fun and Free Ways to Learn from Home
Child Activity

Lego 30 Day Challenge

Coping with Stress During this Time