Smart Start Partnership for Children invests in young children and their families to provide the opportunities children need to be successful in school and in life.

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.

Our mission is to support, educate and advocate to build a strong foundation for young children in our community, and we are accomplishing this by partnering with local organizations that:

• Improve the quality of early childhood education;
• Increase access to affordable, high quality care for children while their parents work or attend school;
• Provide the tools families need to support their child’s healthy development;
• Expand early literacy opportunities so that every child in Henderson County begins school ready to learn to read.

We are a Smart Start Partnership

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn. Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through the North Carolina Partnership for Children and 75 Local Partnerships including Henderson County's Smart Start of Partnership for Children.

The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.