Smart Start can provide scholarships to families with children ages 0-5 who are enrolled in 4- or 5-star rated childcare facilities in Henderson County.

In order to qualify for a Smart Start Scholarship, the parent or responsible adult must provide proof of employment of at least 30 hours per week or proof of current enrollment as a full-time student.  This criterion applies to both parents if they are living together in the same home.

Income eligibility depends upon family size and is calculated based upon the gross pay listed on the 3 most recent paystubs from the parent or responsible adult's employer plus any other forms of income the family may receive, i.e., child support.

Family Size 

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Appointments can be scheduled as funding allows us to determine eligibility and issue Smart Start Scholarships.  At times, Smart Start maintains a waiting list of interested applicants.


For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Lamb, Program Coordinator
525 North Justice Street
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone: (828) 693-1580
Email Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.