Learn more about our NC Pre-KDurham Early Head Start, and Transition to Kindergarten 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 2021-2023

Durham’s Partnership for Children is accepting proposals for Year One of a multi-year (FY 2021-2023) grant cycle.

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, 2021 through June 30, 2022. 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 electronically  to by 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

An additional hardcopy of the RFP (3-hole punched, double-sided hard copy) required via contactless drop-off or mail is due by 5:00 pm Monday, January 11th, 2021

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 2020-2021 Program & Evaluation Calendar Click Here