Smart Start of New Hanover County envisions every child entering school with the health, family support and early education necessary to succeed.
All families will receive the support and education that they need in order to have healthy children with necessary preventive and routine health care
Every child will grow up in an environment that is free of abuse, neglect and violence
Families and their children will have the necessary assistance in their efforts to reach their full potential
Affordable, quality early education will be available to all families, as appropriate, meeting individual child and family needs
New Hanover County corporate, philanthropic and community leaders will make quality early childhood services for children and their families a priority.
Smart Start of New Hanover County seeks to build bridges to develop, sustain and enhance health, family support and early education services for all children, ages birth to five.
The well being and success of every child is critical regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or developmental and learning disabilities
The quality of life for young children is basic to adult well-being and the future economic vitality of our community
Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher
A broad community-based partnership committed to young children should be available to assist parents in their role as primary caregivers
The community has the responsibility to provide effective strategies and services to support early education, as well as the development of mentally and physically healthy children.
Smart Start of New Hanover County has a strong history of ongoing organizational excellence. This foundation sets the very highest standards of accountability through strong internal controls and constant programmatic monitoring, allowing optimal use of all funding provided for the children and families of our community.