Baby Talks Parent Coronavirus Questions Answered

The current COVID19 crisis has affected us all. Our thoughts are with all of our Henderson County families as we adjust to a new normal. While the staff is teleworking and practicing staggered scheduling, here at Smart Start Partnership for Children we are continuing to push forward with our work and goals. We are still mailing books to children, still supporting our early childhood education centers, and still supporting all the families in Henderson County. 

In this vein, we have pulled together resources for our early childcare community and families to help navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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Henderson County COVID19 Dashboard

Henderson County Public Health

Henderson County Public Schools Return to Learn

Henderson County Public Schools 'Grab and Go Meals' and 'Meals on the Bus'

YMCA of WNC COVID19 response

North Carolina Early Education Coalition

NC Early Childhood Foundation

North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center


Recommendations from the CDC 


No Kid Hungry NC

Zero to Three

For daily updates about COVID-19 in North Carolina, text COVIDNC to 898211

If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities, and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of closures, please call this number to be connected with the right fit for you and your child: 1-888-600-1685.

Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. 

Call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 for general information or to request assistance with human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, resources for older adults and people with disabilities, and more. Learn more at

If you are a Child Care Professional in need of FREE emotional support call 919-226-2002

Resources for Children at Home:

Hands On! Museum, Ready4K, STEM and STEAM, Handwashing Ever Clever Mom, 35 Things to do at home, Learning 4 Kids!, Sesame Street, Tiny Poets, Working from home life balance, PBS Kids, Calendar of  Family Friendly Live Streamed Events, Free Stuff for Families While Stuck at Home, Reach Out and Read Ebooks

Supporting our local community: Love Hendo

A special thank you to our Board of Directors 

We want to take a moment to recognize two of our board members who are working hard for the community. Becky Reid and Renay Knapp pictured below have been hard at work making cloth masks for the community. Between the two of them, they have made 229 masks and 7 isolation gowns. The masks have been donated to Assisted Living Facilities, Memory Care Centers, Vendors at farmers and tailgate markets, and friends and relatives. The isolation gowns were gifted to the staff at Four Seasons Hospice. Please join us in recognizing their hard work and efforts to support the community during this crisis. We are lucky to have these strong community members as apart of our board. From all of us here at Smart Start Partnership for Children, we say thank you.