Smart Start is a nationally recognized early childhood education initiative to expand and improve services for children ages birth to five and their families.
Smart Start was established in 1993, under the leadership of then-Governor Jim Hunt, as a state-wide, public/private partnership to help all North Carolina children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.
Local Smart Start partnerships, comprised of community members, fund programs within their own communities based on each county’s particular needs and resources. Local partnerships operate in all 100 North Carolina counties through funding from the North Carolina legislature, corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
Columbus County Partnership for Children, is the local partnership organization serving children and families throughout Columbus County and Statewide oversight of all Smart Start programs is provided through The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC).
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.