COVID-19 Information

We want to proactively remind residents of the recommended best practices in preventing the spread of this virus and to provide direct links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Below are two links we hope you find useful.

For more information about COVID 19, please visit the CDC website listed below:


Update Caronavirus disease (COVID-19)

As things evolve rapidly with regard to the COVID-19 response here in North Carolina, we inform you that we will be working off site with very limited office hours. At this time, we are planning to return on May 2, 2020, unless we are otherwise notified. We are actively responding to all phone calls and emails, so please feel free to contact us.

Trainings and events have been postponed until further notice.

We pray that you and your family will be safe during this time. Please remember to take all necessary precautions and to stay informed with updates on the COVID-19 virus.

Request for Proposals (RFP)


The Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization funded by public and private grants and private donations.  The Partnership works to coordinate the efforts of educators, non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and public agencies to provide critical resources and support to children 0 – 5 and their families.

It is the vision of the Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children that all young children and their families will have the same opportunities for appropriate social, physical, emotional and intellectual development, and that all children will enter school healthy in all aspects and ready to learn.  Our hope is that these opportunities will help to ensure lifelong success and improve the quality of life for citizens in Hertford and Northampton Counties.

The Partnership has defined as its mission that through collaborative efforts, opportunities will be made available for county citizens to create nurturing and supportive environments in which young children can develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually to their fullest potential.  The primary emphasis will be on children 0 – 5 and their families.  We will strive to ensure that comprehensive services are available to those who need them, and be provided in a way that empowers families, protects their dignity, fosters self sufficiency and encourages them to be productive citizens.

The Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children, Inc. is soliciting proposals for a one-year period from July 1, 2020– June 30, 2021 for activities that will provide services to children 0 – 5 and their families in Hertford and Northampton Counties.  Included in this packet is a list of the activities for which proposals are being accepted.  Strong proposals will describe activities that contribute to the mission of Smart Start as described above.

Any interested agency or organization may submit a proposal.  Proposed activities should be designed to cover a one period from July 1, 2019– June 30, 2021.  Proposals should describe specific activities from those listed below, and contribute to the achievement of the performance standards created by the NC Partnership for Children (see attachment).  No other proposals will be considered due to funding limitations.

Each proposed activity, regardless of the primary goals of the agency providing the service, should also include specific strategies to address the following components:  activities to facilitate the accessibility of services (time, place, in-home, etc.); collaboration with other activities and coordination with other services (Smart Start and other agencies); maximization of resources with host agency and in-kind support; parent involvement and community participation.

Click the link below for printable RFP application.

HNSS Annual Report

We are proud of the work we do here at the Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children. Our work speaks volumes in the early childhood community! We work hard to do what’s necessary to ensure that young children are cared for in quality and nurturing environments. Please take a few minutes to browse our Annual Report for FY 2017-2018.
The positive impact that we continue to make in the lives of young children is very rewarding.



Click the link below to view the annual report: