Childcare Guidance

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Early education and childcare quality play a vital role in the development of young children, laying the foundation for lifelong learning, social skills, and overall well-being. During these formative years, children experience rapid brain development, making it crucial to provide enriching environments and interactions that stimulate their cognitive, physical, and social-emotional growth.

Tips for Choosing Childcare

Finding and choosing the best child care program for your child and your family’s needs can be difficult. Smart Start of New Hanover County is here to help provide guidance and useful information to help make your decision easier.

Child Care Guidance for Families

Free, customized referrals to quality child care, after-school, and pre-school programs in our community. Specialists can answer questions and offer valuable information and resources. For assistance, please call 910-815-3731 x1015 or click here to email.

Financial Assistance with Child Care

Smart Start of New Hanover County provides funding to the New Hanover County Department of Social Services’ child care subsidy program.  Qualifying families receive assistance paying for eligible child care for their children age birth to five.