What is Smart Start?
Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed in school and beyond. Studies show clearly that the foundation for lifelong success in school and work are laid in these vital years.
Smart Start is a public-private initiative that provides early education funding to all of the state’s 100 counties, including here in Davie County. Smart Start funds are administered at the local level through local nonprofit organizations called Local Partnerships. The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) is the statewide nonprofit organization that provides oversight and technical assistance for local Smart Start organizations. Services at the local level range depending on local needs. Funding for Smart Start Partnerships in North Carolina is currently $203.6 million in state funds. Smart Start has raised more than $257 million in donations since it began.
Smart Start funds are used to improve the quality of child care, make child care more affordable and accessible, provide access to health services and offer family support.