Smart Start Funded Partners

Early Care and Education

Child Care Referral Program

Contact: Vivian Eto, Director of Family Support

This project helps English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families understand child care regulations and indicators of quality, and supports these families in their child care search process through a continuum of services, including referral to 3, 4, and 5 star centers and homes, and information about other resources.

Incredible Years: Teacher Classroom Management Program

Contact: Susan Schmidt, Incredible Years Program Coordinator

This project is a group-based program to enhance teacher classroom management skills. The program is currently offered to Durham Public Schools pre-k teachers. Areas of focus include proactive discipline, positive teacher-student relationships, teacher-parent partnerships, and the use of effective behavior plans and teaching regarding social and emotional regulation skills.

School Readiness Quality Enhancement and Advancing School Readiness Program

Monnie Griggs, Director of Technical Assistance

This project provides technical assistance to child care programs seeking to improve or maintain the quality of child care for children birth to five years.  Programs seeking a higher star rating or national accreditation or those seeking to maintain their star rating will receive support through a variety of strategies that include on-site consultation, quality improvement and professional development planning, specialized training, support groups, resource library materials and grants/awards.

Smart Start Child Care Scholarship Program

Contact: Vivian Eto, Director of Family Support

The scholarship program supports working parents by increasing the affordability and accessibility of quality child care and improves school readiness by promoting quality in the Durham early care and education system.


Contact: Allison Miller, Vice President, Compensation Initiatives

WAGE$ is an education-based salary supplement program for child care teachers, directors and family child care providers.

Health and Family Support

Early Childhood Outreach (EChO) Project

Contact: Aviva Starr, Program Manager

EChO provides consultation, support and referral services to Durham child care providers and families when a child’s behavior presents a challenge. This activity increases the capacity for childcare providers to foster social-emotional development and address children’s mental health issues.

Healthy Families Durham

Contact: Karen Appleyard-Carmody, Director of Early Childhood Prevention Programs

Healthy Families Durham is an intensive, home-based family support program with the goals of preventing child abuse, promoting child health and identifying special needs. The project serves low-income, high-risk families starting during pregnancy through 3 years of age using the Parents as Teachers curriculum.

Welcome Baby Family Resource Center

Contact: Patience Mukelabai, Program Coordinator

Welcome Baby provides emotional and educational support to parents and caregivers. Families with newborns can speak with a parent support volunteer, attend support groups and receive problem-solving assistance from staff.  Developmentally-appropriate information about young children is distributed through newsletters, parenting workshops, and a lending library. The Motheread/Fatheread family literacy curriculum is offered in both English and Spanish. Families in need can receive car seats for a small fee after attending training and free clothing.


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