TRAILS (Traveling Resource And Information Library System)

TRAILS Mission:

Promote high quality child care by empowering care-givers utilizing resources, professional development, and nurturing relationships.

MountainHeart TRAILS program is a service of MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. and is funded through a grant from the DHHR, Bureau for Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education. The program was established in 2001.

TRAILS is a mobile resource program offering developmentally appropriate resources for children birth through 12 years of age. Assistive technology resources are available on each van. The TRAILS van will come directly to your home, facility or center for you to select the resources that are appropriate for individual needs.

TRAILS also offer on-site technical assistance, models developmentally appropriate practices and mentoring for Child Care professionals.

Here are some benefits of being a part of the TRAILS program it is all FREE. Your childcare program can try new resources to see if they are a good fit for your children and environment, before you spend any money. Our resources are able to give your children more of a variety of choices, more challenging opportunities for learning and enrich your environment for better quality of care.

You may schedule an appointment by phone with the TRAILS program if you live in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan or Pendleton counties:

Martinsburg office – 1-304-262-1584 or 1-888-915-7653.

If you live in Barbour, Lewis, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, or Upshur counties:

Grafton office – 1-304-265-0035 or 1-877-811-5437.

The TRAILS van is ready to visit your home, facility, or center!

Who makes this program possible?

The TRAILS van is a service of MountainHeart Community Services, Inc., brought to you through MountainHeart Child Care Services, and funded by the Department of Health and Human Resources.

What is it?

The TRAILS is a mobile resource outreach program which uses a medium sized van equipped with resources of interest to early childhood providers.  The major purpose of this outreach program is to allow child care resource and referral agencies to utilize a system of mobile resources, to provide one to one assistance, and distribute resources that will improve the quality and availability of childcare services.

What resources are available?

Resources include educational and developmentally appropriate toys for children ranging in ages from birth to twelve years, children's books, computer software, musical instruments and resource books, assistive technology, art supplies, outdoor equipment, and large equipment such as highchairs and pack & plays.

When can I expect a van visit?

As soon as you are a WV licensed, registered, or certified provider within MountainHeart North's fifteen county area you can call for an appointment.  After your initial visit you will be placed on the van's schedule and can expect to see the van every six weeks to three months.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you are a registered, certified, or licensed daycare provider with the Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families and would like more information about TRAILS, please call at the number listed below for your county.

Providers in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, call 1-888-915-7653.

Providers in Barbour, Lewis, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties, call 1-877-811-5437.

You may schedule an appointment by phone with the TRAILS program if you live in

Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan or Pendleton counties:

Martinsburg office – 1-304-262-1584 or 1-888-915-7653.

If you live in Barbour, Lewis, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, or Upshur counties:

Grafton office – 1-304-265-0035 or 1-877-811-5437.

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