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North Carolina's nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative.
Smart Start is a public-private initiative that provides early care and education funding to all of NC’s 100 counties.
Smart Start funds are used to improve the quality of child care , make child care more affordable and accessible, provide access to health services and offer family support .
Smart Start funds are administered by local nonprofit organizations called Local Partnerships.
What does the Partnership for Children and Smart Start do for Lincoln and Gaston Counties?
We are the local system that brings together all the people involved in a young child’s life - families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers, and many others - to ensure every child has what they need for healthy growth and development.
The Partnership for Children is the convener .
How is PFCLG Funded? North Carolina General Assembly Division of Child Development (DCD) North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties Local, State and Federal Grants In-House Activities Direct Service Providers Smart Start Funding Process
85% of a child’s brain development occurs in the first five years of life.
“ If a child enters the child care setting at six weeks of age and continues through age five, he/she will spend more time in those five years of child care than they ever spend in school during the next 12 years.”
Scholastic Parent Publishing
The Return of Investing in Young Children Investing in early childhood learning generates a lifetime of returns as it provides both the traction and foundation for future learning and the acquistion of skills.
Business owners, employees, and job seekers rely on Smart Start for high quality, reliable child care.
The average working parent misses five to nine days of work per year because of child care problems, costing U.S. businesses $3 billion a year in lost productivity.
Smart Start is an incredibly effective and efficient public/private partnership.
Ninety-two cents of every dollar goes directly to ensuring that children and families have the experiences they need to thrive.
Our future workforce are today’s babies. Building a strong and productive labor force depends largely on how we invest in children today.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report: “Early childhood education has a tremendous impact on the national security and the viability of the American dream.”
Cost of Child Care for North Carolina’s Labor Force
If a child enters child care in North Carolina at 6 weeks of age and stays until he enters kindergarten, the parent will pay the equivalent of tuition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…..
Results of Investment in Early Care and Education Number of Child Care Centers by Stars 2001 - 2009
Responding to Trends to Improve the lives of Children Currently, 26% of US 2-5 year old children are classified as either overweight or obese. This is astounding knowing the possible health risks facing them, not only as they become adults, but also as children .