Since 1994, we have been Hertford County’s home to North Carolina’s award winning Smart Start initiative for children from birth to 5. To provide Smart Start services each local partnership develops a comprehensive plan that targets the greatest needs in their community among three core services: child care (quality, affordability, and availability); health; and family support.
Smart Start legislation mandates how much from each local partnership’s allocation should be spent on specific services.
Programs must meet Smart Start’s evidence-based and evidence-informed standards.
We only invest in best practices for our children.
NC Pre-K Program
The NC Pre-K Program provides at-risk, four-year-old children in NC with an opportunity for quality preschool education. This school day program is designed to provide young children with access to a structured curriculum and preschool experience that will enhance their readiness for school. The Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children supports two NC Pre-K classrooms in Hertford County’s public school.
Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. PAT’s delivery of high quality services for families through a comprehensive system of supports and innovative solutions.Parents as Teachers promotes optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. We advance the delivery of high quality services for families through a comprehensive system of supports and innovative solutions.
Child Care Aware
A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware helps families learn more about the elements of high-quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.
Dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and development services for all children from birth through age eight.
North Carolina boasts one of the highest rates of working mothers with young children in the nation, making the availability of quality child care essential for the State’s economic development and stability. The creation of the Division in 1993 reflected the growing importance of child care to North Carolina families and the role of the state in ensuring quality standards and access for families to child care services. The creation of a quality rating system for child care licenses promoted higher quality and more informed choices or families.
NC Healthy Start Foundation
The Foundation serves the public and works with organizations to help ensure that babies in NC live (and thrive) beyond their first birthdays. We design educational resources, training programs & toolkits as well as provide technical assistance so that providers from rural areas to urban populations have equal access to reliable and accurate educational resources and support to help improve the health of women, support new parents and create a safer environment for infants in their local communities.