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 2023-2024

Durham’s Partnership for Children is accepting proposals for Year One of a multi-year (FY 2023-2025) 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, 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.

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

You may contact our Data Analyst Program Coordinator Tamara Vanie at 919-403-6960 (x224) with programmatic questions. For questions related to the budget, please contact Rhonda McCloud at Technical assistance or questions may only be requested prior to grant submission.

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

State Travel Rates

Smart Start Cost Principals

Smart Start Asset Ledger 

Request for Disposal of Assets Request

Quarterly Volunteer Contributions Report Form

Quarterly Reports Checklist

Quarterly Program Income Report Form

Quarterly In-Kind Contributions Report Form

Quarterly Cash Contributions Report Form

Pre-Contracting Information Form

Non-Professional Volunteer Hourly Rate Change

Non-Professional Volunteer Voucher Form FY 22-23

Non-Professional Volunteer Event Roster Form 22-23

Cost Principles Q & A

Financial Status Report Form

Grantee Mid-Year Explanation Report

Financial Assistance Contract

Budget Change Request Form Template

Communications Standards  

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Program & Evaluation Policies & Procedures

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.


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