PSA Announcement

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children

                   711 Vance Street, Murfreesboro, NC 27855

The Hertford-Northampton Smart Start is accepting proposals for grants providing activities that will offer services to children up to age 5 and their families in Hertford and Northampton counties.  Strong proposals will describe projects designed to provide nurturing and supportive environments and services that allow all families and children to develop socially, emotionally, physically and academically to their fullest potential.  Any interested agency or organization may submit a proposal.

Applicants must be willing to either conduct extensive childcare resource and referrals services which include providing technical assistance and training to promote quality care and education, implement a comprehensive parenting program following the National Parents as Teachers Program using the Foundational & Model Implementation for parents with children birth to age five and in Hertford and Northampton Counties or implement an enhancement program to support the NC Pre-K program.  Applicants must also be able to provide 25% cash/in-kind match.

Applications are available at the Hertford- Northampton Smart Start office and all proposals received by 5:00 pm, February 28, 2021 will be considered.  Grants will be announced in June and funds will be available on July 1, 2021. For more information contact Pamela Riddick-Dickens @ 252-398-4124.

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:


Upcoming Board Meeting

Regular Board Meeting:

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting:

Any committee meetings will be held before the board meeting at 9:00 a.m.


If you are interested in attending a meeting and would like to reserve a seat, please call (252) 398-4124. Meeting location is at our Smart Start Office: 711 East Vance Street, Murfreesboro, NC .

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.  In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.
The Smart Start network, made up of 75 local partnerships that serve our state’s communities, is signing up families across NC for Imagination Library which is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. Together, we are working together to ensure children develop a love of reading early on.

Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children is proud to announce the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. We are working together to get books into the hands of Hertford and Northampton County’s youngest children. Imagine the fun of receiving a free book for your child in the mail each month, building a library of books and a love for reading.


Enrollment is now open!

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she wanted every child to have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly to Smart Start, the Imagination Library is now available in our community.
For more information about how the Imagination Library works here in Hertford and Northampton Counties, please contact our office at (252) 398-4124

Who is Eligible?
Children 5 years old* and younger, living in the bi-County area are eligible. (*Child’s application must be received at least 10 weeks before child’s 5th birthday so that books can be delivered before the child turns 5.)

You can register you child online by clicking the button below or download a registration form by clicking this link: DPIL Registration Form. Please mail registration form back to us at: Hertford-Northampton Smart Start PFC, P.O. Box 504, Murfreesboro, NC 27855.