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, 2023, through June 30, 2024. 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.
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Smart Start Services & Success
Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships.
Durham’s Partnership for Children a Smart Start initiative uses funds to deliver outcomes in the Durham Community through community outreach, literacy initiatives, farm to ECE, professional development, support for educators, support for families with parenting, school readiness, and much more. To learn more about Smart Start at DPfC take a look at our 2021-2022 Annual Report, Rooted Locally Growing Collectively: Navigating Forward with Vision.
Smart Start Resources
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