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Our Vision

Smart Start of New Hanover County envisions every child entering school with the health, family support and early education necessary to succeed.

Our Mission

Smart Start of New Hanover County seeks to build bridges to develop, sustain and enhance health, family support and early education services for all children, ages birth to five.

Our Beliefs

  • The well being and success of every child is critical regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or developmental and learning disabilities.
  • The quality of life for young children is basic to adult well-being and the future economic vitality of our community.
  • Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher.
  • A broad community-based partnership committed to young children should be available to assist parents in their role as primary caregivers.
  • The community has the responsibility to provide effective strategies and services to support early education, as well as the development of mentally and physically healthy children.

Smart Start of New Hanover County has a strong history of ongoing organizational excellence. This foundation sets the very highest standards of accountability through strong internal controls and constant programmatic monitoring, allowing optimal use of all funding provided for the children and families of our community.