Family Support


Family Resources of Rutherford County in collaboration with Isothermal Community College and the Partnership for Children of the Foothills, provides a Literacy/Adult Education Program for qualified mothers. Early childhood teachers provide quality care for children ages birth through five, while their mothers are attending GED/Adult Ed classes. The program includes parenting education with the Nurturing Parenting curriculum and parent-and-child time at each session. Transportation is provided if necessary.

Circle of Parents

Parent-led groups meet weekly in Polk, Rutherford and McDowell Counties.  Families work toward the common goal of building family strengths in the areas of family management, communication, nurturing, and positive discipline.  Child care is provided.

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Offered by McDowell County Schools to provide family-centered evenings that include a meal, fun family time, parent support groups and children’s activities.  Families with at least one child, aged 3-5, are eligible to participate.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills in-house project will provide the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) to children aged birth to five years.  The DPIL offers an opportunity to prepare children for kindergarten by exposing them to the concepts of print, encouraging child/parent reading and increasing early literacy activities in the home, thereby stimulating the child’s interest in reading and learning.  Participating children will receive an age appropriate book each month mailed directly to the child from the time of registration until age five .