Smart Start strives to improve the quality of child care for all young children in Henderson County, to make child care affordable for working families, and to support families as they create the loving and engaging environments children need for a strong foundation for success.

Early Care and Education Programs

Ensuring the youngest members of our community have access to high quality care and education programs as well as high quality literacy tools are two of Smart Start's top priorities, so we provide programs that develop early literacy skills needed for success in school, work, and life. We also focus on improving the quality of care that all young children receive in licensed child care centers in Henderson County. This is accomplished by providing the tools early educators need to pursue a degree in early care and education, through early educator trainings and technical assistance designed to improve child care quality.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Child Care WAGE$
Smart Start Quality Enhancement
Kindergarten Transition
Smart Start Scholarships/Child Care Subsidy

Family Support Programs

Our family-focused programs give parents the tools they need to support the healthy development of their children. By providing high quality care for children while their parents work or attend school and translating information on early brain development into specific advice about when, what, how and why young children develop, Smart Start is enabling parents to be the strong role models their children need.

Smart Start Scholarships/Child Care Subsidy
Parents as Teachers
Family Connects

Health Programs

Smart Start supports community-level system building to coordinate home visiting and parenting education services as well as connect them with other early childhood services such as child care, preschool, health, and mental health to improve family access to services. 

Family Connects
Parents as Teachers
Reach Out and Read