Columbus County Partnership for Children

The Columbus County Partnership for Children is a catalyst for bringing various community groups together for the sake of the children in Columbus County. The Partnership administers Smart Start funds appropriated from the state legislature to support local programs to benefit children age birth to 5 & their families.


Columbus County Partnership for Children is here for our community during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to reach out to our residents along with our child care providers, local health department, medical providers, school systems and emergency management leadership to ensure that the needs of the families in our area are being met.

​If we can assist you in any way, please call 910-499-4548.


Smart Start collaborates with various county agencies to address the health needs of preschool-aged children. Not only do children need proper nutrition, but they also need to learn the importance of physical activity and how it impacts their overall health.


Smart Start provides a number of activities that work to ensure the health and well-being of families with children ages birth to five years of age.


Early education and literacy build a foundation that allows children to be successful students throughout their academic endeavors and successful citizens in a global society.


Recognizing that over 90% of language development occurs in the first few years of life, Smart Start provides programs that develop early literacy skills needed for success in school, work and life.

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  Science has determined that the earliest years of life build the foundation for all future learning and success. The brain of a child who has had positive early childhood experiences looks different from one who has not. The structure and wiring are visibly and significantly different.  

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