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Resources Available Through Smart Start and in New Hanover County

Childcare Information & Assistance

Finding Childcare

Smart Start of NHC can help you find quality childcare that meets your family’s unique needs. Learn more

Paying for Childcare

Smart Start of NHC provides funding for the NHC DHHS Childcare Subsidy Program. For more info, contact NHC Department of Social Services at (910) 798-3400 or click here.

Megan Cajigas Foundation (Pre-K Tuition Assistance)

NHCS Pre-K Registration

NHCS Early Childhood Program provides services through the NC Pre-K Program, which is a state funded program, Head Start, which is a federal program, and through our local New Hanover County commissioners. Click to apply.

Children with Special Needs

Smart Start Resource Assistance

Smart Start of NHC can help find resources available for your child’s special needs. Call (910) 815-3731.

Cape Fear Children’s Develpmental Service Agency (CDSA) / NC Infant Toddler Program (NC ITP)

The North Carolina Early Intervention Section (NCEI) is a part of NCDHHS’ Division of Child and Family Well-Being. It is the lead agency for the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP). The NC ITP provides support and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs.

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Child Development Center

The Child Development Center serves children 3 to 5 years old with special needs and those who are typically developing.

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NHC Schools Special Education Resources

Parent information and resources for special education children.

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Family Support & Education

Autism Support & Education

Early Literacy


Free Books

Kindergarten Information

Kindergarten Readiness

NHC Schools Kindergarten Enrollment

Smart Start Resource Assistance: Get Connected

Smart Start of NHC helps families identify and access services to meet their child’s needs. Information is available on topics such as child development, early intervention for special needs, childcare subsidy, and more. Contact Smart Start of NHC, 910-815-3731.