About

A few words about us

"When we fail to provide children with what they need to build a strong foundation for healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk."

- Dr. Jack Shonkoff, a pediatrician and founding director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child

Learning begins at birth. Our children have the smallest voice but a significant impact on our community. Many young children do not have their basic needs met or the support and skills needed to begin kindergarten ready for success. By ensuring our leaders of tomorrow have a healthy, positive development, we can be sure of confident and productive generations to come! Through Smart Start and NC Pre-K funding, we support and monitor programs to ensure all young children, ages birth to five, in North Carolina enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Mission

Building partnerships to enable all young children to reach their full potential.

Our staff

Learning Begins At Birth

Children, ages birth to five, have the smallest public voice but a significant impact on our community. Many young children do not have their basic needs met or the support and skills needed to begin kindergarten ready to succeed. By ensuring our leaders of tomorrow have a healthy, positive development, we can be sure of confident and productive generations to come.
Smart Start is a statewide initiative designed to ensure all young children, ages birth to five, in North Carolina enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Local partnerships, funded by private and public funds, respond to the needs in their community by funding programs to support young children and their families.
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating the foundation for all future learning. North Carolinians like you are coming together to build a stronger foundation for all of our children.
• Encourage child care professionals to further education through grants and child care subsidy
• Provide grants to child care facilities to achieve or maintain higher quality environments
• Technical assistance to help child care professionals provide the best education possible
• Provide print and online resources for parents pertaining to child care and healthy development
• Encourage good nutrition, appropriate medical care, stimulating play and exposure to engaging activities
• Provide health information for each stage of development
• Help parents recognize developmental steps that are appropriate or raise concern
• Help parents access health care and interventions
• Help the community understand the importance of early childhood education
• Create opportunities for our children to become successful leaders
• Decrease dropout rates, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and school failure
• Encourage the community to stay updated on research and statistics involving early childhood education
• Encourage adults to be knowledgeable of happenings at local, state and federal levels that impact our young children
• Provide and lead opportunities for individuals to get involved in advocating for our young children

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