Annually, Smart Start Partnership for Children strategically invests over $1.5 million into programs to support its mission to build a strong foundation for young children in our community.

Smart Start is proud to be able to partner with a variety of funders, which include local, state, and federal government; local and state foundations; and private donors.

Thank you to everyone who has donated your time, talent, and resources to support the vision and mission of Smart Start Partnership for Children!

North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start)
North Carolina’s award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that all children are ready for school. These funds, awarded annually, must support evidence-based or evidence-informed programs and services for children ages birth to five.

United Way of Henderson County
United Way of Henderson County uses a community impact model to make a difference in our community by mobilizing people and resources to change conditions in our community and improve lives. United Way of Henderson County intentionally supports programs that improve the education, income, and health of this community. Thank you, United Way, for partnering with Smart Start to improve kindergarten readiness through literacy!

Community Foundation of Henderson County
Community Foundation of Henderson County is helping people who care make lasting contributions to causes that matter and are strong stewards of donors' gifts! Thank you, Community Foundation, for partnering with Smart Start to provide Reach Out and Read in our community!

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to build a permanent pool of charitable capital for the 18 counties of Western North Carolina including the Qualla Boundary. They work with individuals, families and corporations to create and manage charitable funds and make grants to nonprofits or public agencies in our region. 

Town of Mills River
Incorporated in June 2003, the Town of Mills River lies within minutes of Pisgah National Forest, Interstate 26, and Asheville Regional Airport. The Town of Mills River supports Kindergarten Transition work through Smart Start at Mills River Elementary and Glenn Marlow Elementary.

Dogwood Health Trust
Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellbeing. With a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity and health and wellness, Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions. To learn more, please visit

Community Funders
Smart Start also appreciates the support of Community Sponsors. To see our Community Sponsors and learn more about their businesses, please visit our Community Sponsors page here