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NC Employers and Employees Agree on Benefits of Family Friendly Workplaces

February 7th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

    Family Forward NC’s research explores benefits and challenges of family-friendly policies Employers and employees believe family-friendly practices help businesses attract and retain talent—and keep companies strong, according to findings released today by the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). The research is part of a new initiative, Family Forward NC, to improve children’s health […]

First 2000 Days Summit Scheduled!

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Thanks to Star News Media for helping us promote the upcoming summit!  So far we have 140 registered, but there is still room to attend if you are interested http://www.starnewsonline.com/entertainmentlife/20180122/first-2000-days-summit-scheduled

5th Annual First 2000 Days Summit Scheduled

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

  5th Annual First 2000 Days Summit Scheduled This year’s event to focus on strategic planning on ways to address toxic stress     There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten.  During that time brain architecture is forming, creating the foundation for […]

Investing In Early Childhood Education Creates Long-Term Benefits

December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

  Smart Start of New Hanover County applauds the commitment of our County to the education of our youngest citizens and is a proud partner in the work to build strong foundations for children. It is smart investments such as the one to support the children at Mosley Performance Learning Center that will help our […]

Smart Start of New Hanover County Receives Funding to Implement Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

  Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. Smart Start of New Hanover County is able to enroll 5,000 children under age five in New Hanover County. Enrolled children will receive a book in the […]

Pre-K Expansion at Mosley Performance Learning Center

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

  Smart Start of New Hanover County is excited to share the news of the Pre-K expansion at Mosley Performance Learning Center.  With support from the County, 45 more three year old children in our community have access to high quality early learning experiences. Enjoy this short video that is sure to make you smile.

NAEYC Launches Early Childhood Higher Education Degree Directory

October 4th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

  With thousands of degree programs available for individuals seeking to begin or advance their professional knowledge and skills in early childhood education, it can be difficult to identify which degree programs are most suited to their career aspirations and their budgets. To help individuals navigate this challenge, The National Association for the Education of […]

Sheltering from the Storm and Ways to Cope

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

There are so many feelings swirling around when a family must stay in an emergency shelter. Babies and toddlers also have many feelings! ZERO TO THREE and Save the Children have partnered to develop these tip sheets for parents. We all hope Hurricane Irma will not have much of an impact on the Wilmington area, […]

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & and the Science of Hope is Now Available

August 28th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

  Smart Start of New Hanover County is happy to announce:   RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE is now available for loan to organizations in New Hanover County.   RESILIENCE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to […]

2017 Children’s Champions Named

March 29th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

Lisa Brooks Named as 2017 Children’s Champion Diaper Bank Founders Leigh Robertson and Anna Lair Receive Starfish Public Advocacy Award At yesterday’s Smart Start Breakfast for Children’s Champions at the Hilton Riverside, Lisa Brooks was named as the 2017 Children’s Champion.  Smart Start also named Leigh Robertson and Anna Lair to receive a Starfish Public […]