Smart Start Partnership for Children has been awarded funding to implement Family Connects. 

The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC), which leads the statewide Smart Start network, and Family Connects International (FCI) recently announced new community programs that will serve nearly 10,000 North Carolina families over three years.

Pilots — led by the Children’s Council of Watauga County, the Smart Start Partnership for Children, and the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County — will provide families of newborns in eight North Carolina communities access to comprehensive support to ensure children receive the care and nurturing they need to thrive.

These new pilots will combine Family Connects’ universal home visiting model with the community assets and local services coordinated by the Smart Start network and the statewide coordinated care referral network powered by the NCCARE360 digital platform. Services will be provided in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Henderson, Polk, Cumberland, Hoke, and Robeson counties. Reaching children and families in rural communities is a priority in these pilots, as rural areas tend to have greater unmet need in-home visiting services.

To read the full story visit Avery Journal. 

Stay tuned for more information on the local Henderson County efforts.