In 1993, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt founded Smart Start, North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative.  It was designed to ensure that ALL young children, 0-5, enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Smart Start is a public-private initiative that provides early education funding to all of the state’s 100 counties. Smart Start funds are administered at the local level through local nonprofit organizations such as the Robeson County Partnership for Children.  Services offered reflect documented community needs.  Currently, the Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc. has 16 funded activities.

Smart Start funds are used to improve the quality of child care, make child care more affordable and accessible, and to provide access to health services and offer family support to ALL families, not just low-income families. Smart Start has achieved tremendous results in these areas and continues to strive to reach all children in North Carolina.