The earliest years of childhood are critical...
Experiences during this time literally shape the structure of the brain. Because today's children are tomorrow's leaders, parents and workers, everyone has a stake in making sure that all children have the experiences that they need to thrive. Smart Start brings together all the people involved in a young child's life - families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers and many others - to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development.
"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are...[the] same social skills [that] are essential for the formation of lasting friendships and intimate relationships, effective parenting, the ability to hold a job and work well with others and for becoming a contributing member of a community."
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
("Children's Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains," April 2004)
Smart Start of NHC is your local PUZZLES Center. For free and confidential child care referrals online, click here to be directed to our regional online referral service. If you would like to speak to a local referral specialist about a referral or to get information about quality child care, please call us at 910-815-3731.
*Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
Early Childhood Professionals - to register online for our latest trainings, click here.