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For Early Childhood Professionals

Smart Start of New Hanover County offers services that support early childhood professionals in our community by offering technical assistance, coaching, training, and access to resources. The goal is to help our early childhood community provide positive, stimulating, and quality early learning experiences for young children.

Resource Room
Training and Technical Assistance
Behavior and Inclusion Support
Child Care Updates
Job Board

Community Outreach and Education
Professional Development Connections
Curriculum and Assessment
Individual and Center Bonuses

 
 
 
 
 
 

Resource Room


Early childhood professionals and families can check-out curriculum guides, resource books, videos, children’s CDs, and theme boxes with educational toys and activity ideas.  Laminating services, die cuts, a computer work station, museum passes, baby wear and other items are also available. Membership requires a small annual fee. For more information, click here. Smart Start of New Hanover County, 910-815-3731. Resource Room page.

Community Outreach and Education


Smart Start of NHC provides accurate and relevant information about children birth to age five with parents, community members and public officials to strengthen the early childhood system.  Audiences include early childcare centers, community events, work-groups. Contact Smart Start of New Hanover County, 910-815-3731.

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance


To improve and maintain the quality of care and education for young children, individualized consultation is provided to child care professionals on room arrangement, daily schedule review, and practice assessments using the Environment Rating Scales.  Knowledgeable staff lead specialized workshops on topics such as First Aid and CPR, Playground Safety, CLASS™, and many others.  Some trainings are eligible for CEUs – call for more information. Smart Start of New Hanover County, 910-815-3731 Learn More

Professional Development Connections


Smart Start Professional Development Connections (SSPDC) provides support and incentives to early educators with the goal of raising the education levels of professionals working with young children.  Dedication to Education Bonuses will be available to individuals who have achieved high education levels and to the centers who have achieved established criteria.  Smart Start of New Hanover County, 910-815-3731. Learn More

Behavior and Inclusion Support


The goal of this program is to support early childhood professionals and families to promote the healthy social-emotional behaviors in young children and the inclusion of children with special needs in early care and education settings.   Smart Start of New Hanover County, 910-815-3731  Learn More

Curriculum and Assessment


North Carolina Pre-K teaches are provided information, coaching and tools to enhance their assessment of and individualized instruction to four-year-olds in the NC Pre-K programs in both public and private settings.   New Hanover County Schools, 910-254-4168  Learn More

Child Care Updates


Smart Start of NHC assists the child care business by sharing up-to-date information such as openings and other services with parents seeking child care. Please fill out this form in its entirety to update your Child Care Center or Family Child Care Home’s openings.

Individual and Center Bonuses


Each year Smart Start of New Hanover County’s Professional Development Connections offers bonuses to individual early educators who have attained certain educational milestones and to child care centers who have achieved at least five of seven education points.  Applications and eligibility criteria will be mailed to all star-rated child care centers in New Hanover County serving children birth to five years of age.  Our most recent Individual Bonus eligibility requirements and application will be available in late 2018.  Our most recent Center Bonus announcement and application can be found here and here.  Please stay tuned for future grant opportunities.  For any questions, please feel free to contact mindy.davis@newhanoverkids.org, (910) 815-3731.

Job Board

Search for job openings for FREE here! Information posted will include position, pay range, age group and more. If you do not have access to the internet, simply contact Matt Schaeffer at our office to schedule an appointment to use our Educator Work Station.