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2021 Outreach Survey

June 29th, 2021 | Posted in Community, Education, Uncategorized

Deadline Tuesday, July 13th Spanish Language Survey – English Survey – The past 15 months have been very difficult for all of us and that may be especially true for parents.  Part of our work at Smart Start of New Hanover County is to connect people to resources and information. We want to hear […]

2021 Champion Award Winners

March 30th, 2021 | Posted in Community, Education, Press Release, Uncategorized, WECT

At this morning’s virtual Smart Start Breakfast for Children’s Champions, Joyce Spears was named as the 2021 Children’s Champion. Dr. Skip Johnstone received the Starfish Public Advocacy Award. Other honorees who have gone above and beyond to serve young children and their families in New Hanover County are Katy Bell, Elizabeth Schuett, Scott Robinette, LeeAnne […]

At Home Learning Activities

March 19th, 2020 | Posted in Community, Education, Uncategorized | Tagged

At Home Learning Activities by Age – from SSNHC Resource Room back to Coronavirus Resources page 6/22/20 Infants Introduce one to one correspondence with this activity Try this action song activity Try one of these simple games Toddlers Use popsicle sticks to learn shapes Encourage independent play with this activity Use household objects for this […]

COVID-19 Update from the Early Care & Education Team

March 18th, 2020 | Posted in Community, Education, Uncategorized

Good morning! I hope this email finds you well, healthy and taking care of yourself and the children in your care to the best of your ability. The ECE team at Smart Start is definitely thinking about how social distancing, businesses closing, and quarantines are affecting those working in child care. A few updates from […]

NC Pre-K Program Information Meetings

October 25th, 2019 | Posted in Community, Education

The New Hanover County Schools’(NHCS) Early Childhood Education Program will hold two informational meetings on the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program for all DCDEE licensed 5-star child care facilities in New Hanover County. The meeting will cover the NC Pre-K Standardized Site Selection Process including all eligibility and funding requirements and the availability of being an NC […]

Delta Dental Foundation Awards Grant

June 17th, 2019 | Posted in Community, Education, Press Release, Uncategorized

Delta Dental Foundation Awards $2,500 Smiles for Kids Grant to Smart Start of New Hanover County to Improve Oral Health Education in New Hanover County Wilmington, NC (May, 2019) – Smart Start of New Hanover County received a $2,500 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to support their Healthy Smiles in […]

SSNHC is IACET Accredited!

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Education

Smart Start of New Hanover County is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). SSNHC complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. SSNHC is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. This is an exciting time for the agency as we continue to exhibit […]

Talk, Read, Sing Together Every Day!

August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Education

Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Click here to see a few early literacy tips and information. Visit

SSNHC Awards Teacher Education

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Education, Press Release

Smart Start of New Hanover County Awards Teacher Education Teacher Education Matters in Early Childhood Programs   Contacts: Jane Morrow, Executive Director, Smart Start of New Hanover County (910) 815-3731 Krista Turner, Education Services Manager, Smart Start of New Hanover County, (910) 815-3731 Randall Rodman, Assistant Education Services Manager, Smart Start of New Hanover County […]