Early Childhood: 2,000 Days That Matter
Families &
Caregivers

Early Childhood
educators

Our new address is:
725 Wellington Ave, Unit A
Wilmington, NC 28401

Our offices are closed July 22-26, reopening July 29.
Our Early Learning Resource Center play space reopens Aug 5.

Supporting Each Child Through Their First 2,000 Days

Life moves fast when children are little. The most rapid period of brain development happens between birth and age five. A child’s experiences during these early years will shape how they learn later. Smart Start partners with parents, caregivers, early educators, and community members to help ensure New Hanover County children have the support they need to thrive.

Smart Start of New Hanover County

At Smart Start of New Hanover County, we provide services that:

  • strengthen families
  • raise the quality of early care and education
  • promote wellness
  • inspire early literacy

So children, prenatal to five, have the physical, intellectual, and emotional supports they need to enter kindergarten ready to learn and ready to thrive. 

Upcoming In-Person Events

HELP CHILDREN TURN FIVE
READY TO THRIVE