Learn more about our NC Pre-KDurham Early Head StartTransition to Kindergarten, and Early Childhood Training Institute partners by visiting each program page. For a list of our Smart Start funded partners, please click here.

Welcome new and continuing partners!

We’re proud to work alongside you as we seek to ensure that all children in Durham are prepared to succeed. We provide program coordination and evaluation, fiscal, and communications assistance so that you can effectively and efficiently serve our county’s young children and their families.

Smart Start Request for Proposals (RFP) – Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Durham’s Partnership for Children is accepting proposals for Year Two of a multi-year bid that was solicited for FY 2019-2021. Only those programs currently funded for Year One, (FY 2019-2020) are eligible for Year Two funding.

Smart Start funds may only be used to support services for young children, birth through age 5, and their families who reside in Durham County. Smart Start funds are available to local, community-based nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. All selected projects will be funded initially for a maximum of one year, from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. All awards are contingent upon Smart Start funding made available by the N.C. General Assembly and contracted through the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

For full details and application guidelines, please review all four of the following documents:

You may contact our Program Coordinator at 919-403-6960, Alee Lacalaminto (x229) with programmatic questions. For questions related to the budget, please contact Sandra Roberts, Finance Director, at 403-6960 x223. Technical assistance or questions may only be requested prior to grant submission.

Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020  in the Partnership office, located at 1201 S. Briggs Ave., Suite 210, Durham, NC 27703. Submit one original 3-hole punched, double-sided hard copy and email a copy to

Smart Start – Direct Service Provider (DSP) Manual for current funded partners

Here you will find the latest forms, resources, and information to help you administer and deliver Smart Start-funded services.

Contracting Policies and Procedures
» Forms to download (Appendices)

Financial Assistance Contract
Smart Start Cost Principles
Cost Principles Q&A
State Travel Rates

Communications Standards (new for FY 2018-2019)
» Durham’s Partnership for Children Logo

Program & Evaluation Policies & Procedures
» Forms to download (Appendices)

Program & Evaluation Resources:

Data Webinar Series

In 2016, the Partnership hosted a year-long webinar series about all things data to provide partners with additional tools and materials. Please click here to view presentation slides from all of the webinars.

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Program & Evaluation Calendar

First Quarter August 2019 August: DSP Initial Meetings
October 2019 October 10: Quarterly Counts due
November 2019 November 1: RFP released
Second Quarter January 2020 January 8: RFP Due

January 10: Quarterly Counts, Mid-Year Reports and Facility Assignments due

January 22: Grantee Mid-Year Explanation Form due

Third Quarter April 2020 April 10: Quarterly Counts due
May 2020 May: Conduct Monitoring Visits

May: Partnership Board Votes on Allocations Recommendations

Fourth Quarter July 2020 July 10: Quarterly Counts, EOY Report, Annual Demographics and Facility Assignments Due