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Donors and Sponsors

Smart Start of New Hanover County is a private 501(c) (nonprofit) organization.  We benefit from the generous community donors and supporters.Our donors know that investment in early childhood pays off.

“The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through age five, in disadvantaged families. Starting at age three or four is too little too late, as it fails to recognize that skills beget skills in a complementary and dynamic way. Efforts should focus on the first years for the greatest efficiency and effectiveness. The best investment is in quality early childhood development from birth to five for disadvantaged children and their families.”
James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate
December 7, 2012

Thank you to our major contributors and everyone who makes our work possible through donations of time, money and support.

Fiscal Year 2016-17 Pledge Breakfast for Children’s Champions

Locomotive Title Sponsor
PNC Grow Up Great

Hopper Car Sponsors

Box Car Sponsors
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
New Hanover County Sheriff ‘s Office
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Publix Super Markets Charities
South State Bank
StarNews Media
UNCW Watson College of Education and College of Health and Human Services
Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary

Coal Car Sponsors
Corning, Inc.
Duke Energy
Kidsville News
Scratch on 23rd
Mac and Flavia McKeithan

Caboose Sponsors
Coastal Children’s Services
Cape Fear Community College
Carolina Gymnastics Academy
Carolina Pediatrics of Wilmington
Harris Services
Learning Express Toys
Shirley Morrow

Train Station Sponsors
Cape Fear AEYC
Cheryll Schramm
Child Development Center, Inc.
Dell Allen – Alpha Mortgage Corp.
Dr.and Mrs. Stephen Pullum
Elizabeth Schrader
Ermerge Ortho, PA
Harper and Plunkett Peterson
Hendrick Toyota Wilmington
Jane Morrow
Janet and Fred Nelson
Joy Guenther
Justin M. Lewis
Lisa and Hank Estep
NHCS Early Childhood Education Program
North State Bank
Parkway Volvo
Pearson Patterson Smith Group, UBS
Pope Real Estate
Rhine Law Firm
Richardson Orthodontics
Stevens Fine Homes
Sybil Baldwin
The Carousel Center
The Learning Center
The Sterner Family
Two Guys Grille
University of Mount Olive at Wilmington
Wells Insurance
Wilmington Business Journal
Winslett & Walls Dental Excellence


Smart Start of New Hanover County is also funded, in part, through grants from the following:

North Carolina Partnership for Children

North Carolina Department of Social Services

New Hanover County Department of Social Services

United Way of the Cape Fear Area