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Funded Partners


Smart Start provides services directly to the community and in collaboration with funded partners.  Visit our Services page for a complete list of funded programs and the services they offer.

Smart Start of New Hanover County works to ensure that all children have the experiences they need for healthy growth and development by focusing our efforts in three key areas:

  • Early Care and Education
  • Health Services
  • Family Support

To satisfy measurable local and state-wide goals, Smart Start of New Hanover County identifies needs and resources in our local communities and either funds existing services in partner agencies or works directly to address the need.  We collaborate with a network of community services for children and their families to ensure that every child has the opportunity to enter school prepared for success.

Funded Partner Application


Smart Start of New Hanover County Request for Proposals

Smart Start of New Hanover County (SSNHC), a private, non-profit agency, is the designated Local Partnership for Children authorized to administer and oversee the use of state Smart Start funding in order to help all New Hanover County children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.   SSNHC is seeking a qualified entity/organization to work with teen parents in New Hanover County to foster prenatal skill-building, to enhance knowledge of child development, to increase resiliency-building, and to build peer and resource connections.

Applications for up to two years of services (FY18 & FY19), with an annual budget renewal/review process, are sought from qualified bidders to provide effective strategies, incorporating the use of evidence-based and/or evidence-informed programming, to meet SSNHC’s goal of Ready Families in New Hanover County.  Support can be offered by using a home-visiting model or through the facilitation of group sessions – or as a combination of both.  Applicants may want to consider using one or more of the following curriculum: Parents As Teachers®, Circle of Parents™, Incredible Years®, Motheread Baby®, SafeCare®, and Partners for a Healthy Baby.

Application:   Request for Proposal documents will be emailed to interested parties upon request starting January 9, 2017.   You may contact Smart Start of New Hanover County, 3534 South College Road, Suite F, Wilmington, NC 28412, (910) 815-3731 /  to request a proposal packet.  Proposals are due at or before 5:00 pm on February 20, 2017.  Late, faxed, or emailed only applications will not be reviewed.