Now accepting applications for new and continuing Smart Start funding
Posted on 10.07.2014, Tuesday

The Partnership is now accepting new and continuing proposals for Smart Start funding for FY 2015-2017. Smart Start funds are made available by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by the Partnership to support services in Durham County for children birth to age 5 and their families. Applications must be received in the Partnership office by Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 12 pm.

Smart Start is a state-wide initiative created in 1993 to provide a high-quality comprehensive system of care and education for young children. Funds are available to community-based organizations and local nonprofit and governmental agencies that wish to provide and develop evidence-based and evidence-informed practices for young children and families.

The Partnership seeks proposals for activities that:

  • Improve the quality of early care and education
  • Increase access to quality early care and education
  • Enhance parenting skills and family literacy
  • Enhance social and emotional development of young children
  • Enhance early intervention services for children at-risk of developmental delays or disabilities
  • Enhance physical health and well-being of young children
  • Improve school readiness outcomes

Within these needs, the Partnership’s Board of Directors has identified several areas that will be given priority in the new funding cycle, including a focus on promoting physical and mental health, engaging and empowering families through early literacy and parenting practices, and increasing the number of 4-year-olds served in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. Programs that serve the most at-risk young children and families will also receive priority.

All awards are contingent upon Smart Start funding made available by the N.C. General Assembly and the allocation decisions of the Partnership and its governing bodies. Application materials and additional information are available on our website. Please contact Megan Gray, Program Coordinator, at 919-403-6960 x231 or megan@dpfc.netfor more information.