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Smart Start, a public-private partnership, was created in 1993 to provide comprehensive, affordable, quality child care, health care and family support to North Carolina's young children and their families. Today, 81 local partnerships, encompassing all of North Carolina's 100 counties, have now developed a plan and begun implementation to assure that all children in their communities begin school healthy and ready to succeed. North Carolina has received numerous awards for its innovations related to Smart Start and is recognized as a national leader in the development of comprehensive systems for the care and education of young children.

Key Smart Start leaders and staff at the state and local level are assisting with the Center and are available to provide direct technical assistance and consultation to states, communities, and organizations around the country. Their expertise is targeted to the specific needs and requests received. Such assistance ranges from issues related to financing to evaluation to child care to accountability to public education to subsidy programs to school readiness to&. The topics are endless but are all directly related to the actual experience gained in North Carolina through Smart Start.

Wide Range of Services
The Center offers a broad range of general and intensive technical assistance services related to the Smart Start Initiative to assist communities and states in their efforts to establish their own early childhood initiative including:

bulletInformation and Referral
bulletConferences
bulletResource Materials and Publications
bulletSite Visits to state and local Smart Start partnerships
bulletSpeakers Bureau
bulletVideos
bulletIntensive Technical Assistance Program

All services and publications are available on a free or fee basis, depending upon the specific request. Where fees are required, they will be used to maintain the Center and its services.

Intensive Technical Assistance Program
Through its Intensive Technical Assistance Program, Smart Start's National Technical Assistance Center provides targeted services to communities and states that are working to develop or implement a comprehensive, community-based early childhood initiative. As part of this program, individual technical assistance plans are developed for a community or state that allows them to take advantage of the resources and consultation available through the Center. These services are available on a fee basis and include an on-call consultant, a Smart Start mentor, site visits, speakers, resource materials, etc.

Grants Program
Through funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a technical assistance grant is available to up to ten communities and states to fund participation in the intensive technical assistance program. Selection criteria have been established by which communities or states will be considered for participation.


For More Information
For more information on how to take advantage of the services and resources available, contact Gerry Cobb, director of the National Technical Assistance Center, at 919-821-9540 or via .