To be prepared for life, children need to be safe and healthy, nurtured, learning and ready to succeed. We are working to ensure that all children receive a healthy start and develop to their full potential in safe and nurturing families, schools and communities. In Onslow County we face numerous challenges that stand in the way for children:
- Strengthening Children
- Connecting Families
- Ending Child Abuse
- Childhood experiences are the foundation for healthy development
Children who suffer from adverse childhood experiences may have challenges forming healthy relationships, regulating emotions, and living a physically healthy life.
- Families don’t know where to go for help and resources they need
As families move into Onslow County-particularly incoming military families-it can be challenging to determine what the community offers and how to access available resources.
- Child Abuse
Child abuse is a complex problem that has long-lasting harmful effects and happens more than you can imagine. We must recognize that child abuse is not someone else’s problem.
We provide early education programs that support children’s healthy development during the first 2,000 days of life when critical brain development occurs, but that isn’t always enough. Children that have been hurt by abuse or through other adverse childhood experiences may need professional help to cope with their trauma even when they are supported by caring parents and adults.
When families have support in accessing necessary resources, they are more confident, empowered, and connected to their community—and their children are more likely to thrive. By providing children and families in Onslow County with access to these vital resources, we build a stronger, more resilient community.
Ending Child Abuse
Each program offered through One Place is designed to serve as a protective factor for children and families – from Early Head Start and NC Pre-K to Child Care Resource and Referral and Early Educator support. When children are hurt through abuse, One Place provides hope and healing through comprehensive services in our Child Advocacy Center.