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Smart Start of New Hanover County in conjunction with the Wilmington Faith Community will host the 5th Annual Wilmington Community Summit. The event takes place on February 19th, 1-5pm, at Lifepoint Church located at 3534 S. College Rd.

The Summit highlights the importance of the first 2000 days of life, the approximate number of days between the time a child is born and when they show up for the first day of kindergarten – a critically important time when a child’s chances at success in school and in life are determined.

This year’s event will highlight the screening of the movie, Resilience, and will be followed by a discussion and strategic planning for how our community can respond together to help children’s resilience in the face of poverty, violence, parental stress and more. We are excited to be hosting Jan Shepherd, the director of the health department in Buncombe County to share with us what the Asheville community did following their community’s viewing of this film. A trailer to the movie can be found here.  Following the screening we will hold a discussion with other community stake-holders to work towards a strategic plan to address how we can together tackle some of our area’s greatest challenges.

Please RSVP to or by calling 910-815-3731.