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How Smart Start Works

The North Carolina Smart Start Initiative began in 1993 with the mission to “ensure that every child in North Carolina will arrive at school healthy and prepared for success.”

Smart Start of New Hanover County…

  • Is a community-based, comprehensive approach serving all children ages 0-5 and  their families.
  • Funds services in three major areas: health, family support, and early care and education.
  • Creates changes in service delivery through innovation and collaboration, works to find ways to address unmet needs in the community.


ProgramsSuccess & ResultsCommunity Collaborations


Funding and Programming Flow Chart