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Press contacts: NCPC, Public Information Office, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604, 919.821.7999,

The North Carolina Partnership for Children provides expert resources and information for background information, comments and presentations in the following areas:

  • Early education and care
  • Getting children ready for school
  • Child care
  • Family resources and support
  • Health resources for young children
  • Pre-school initiatives
  • Public-private collaborations

Gov. Easley Announces First Round of More At Four Grants
Date: December 20, 2001
Contact: Reid Hartzoge (919) 733-5612

RALEIGH - Gov. Mike Easley today announced the first round of More at Four pre-kindergarten grant recipients - enabling more than 800 at-risk four year olds to begin enrolling in quality pre-kindergarten classes in January.

2001 Legislative Highlights: Budget cuts mean fewer services for North Carolina's children and families
Date: September 26, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Smart Start partnerships across North Carolina now know the budget cuts and program changes they will face in the 2001-02 fiscal year, which is already three months old.

Smart Start, Food Lion team up to teach children about food safety; September is Food Safety Month
Date: August 22, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - In celebration of Food Safety Month, Smart Start and Food Lion have teamed up to teach young children about the doís and doníts of food safety.

No More Cuts to Smart Start, 22% of services already eliminated
Date: August 9, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Under the current House and Senate plan, 22 percent of Smart Start services to North Carolina's children and families would no longer be available. Now legislators are threatening more cuts to North Carolina's nationally-recognized early childhood program. This means fewer children will have access to high quality child care; efforts to improve the education and compensation to child care teachers will be reversed; young children will go without vision and dental screenings they need to detect problems early; and at-risk families won't have the services on which they depend.

Smart Start crosses North Carolina border with Alabama's Kidstuff initiative
Date: July 31, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Alabama's children will now have the same opportunity for school success as children in North Carolina, thanks to a Smart Start-like initiative announced today in Birmingham. Gov. Don Siegelman today announced the creation of Kidstuff, Alabama's early learning program based on North Carolina's Smart Start initiative.

National Smart Start Center to replicate initiative nationwide
Date: June 20, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Smart Startís success could soon cross state lines as a newly established National Smart Start Technical Assistance Center is funded to provide more intensive services and assistance to other states interested in implementing a similar initiative.

State Smart Start Board adopts stronger program guidelines, standards
Date: May 11, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Partnership for Children Board of Directors adopted a resolution today that strengthens guidelines for approving and monitoring Smart Start quality enhancement grants. The state Board also approved a comprehensive performance based evaluation system to ensure the results of all Smart Start programs.

Raiford to Lead Smart Start Fundraising Efforts
Date: March 15, 2001
Contact: Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Brooks Raiford has joined the North Carolina Partnership for Children as Director of Development. Raiford is the former director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina.

Smart Start and Public Pre-Kindergarten (pdf)
Date: February 15, 2001
Contact: Monica Dood/Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

Every year, as many as 40,000 children enter school without the skills they need to be successful.

Thrift receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his work with Smart Start
Date: January 3, 2001
Contact: Monica Dood/Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999

RALEIGH - Ashley O. Thrift has received North Carolinaís highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, for his work as chairman of the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Smart Start Partner for First Yearlong Statewide Parent Campaign
Date: December 5, 2000
Contact: Monica Dood/Geelea Seaford (919) 821-7999; Mark Stinneford, BCBSNC (919) 765-4933; Amanda Wherry, Gov.ís Press Office (919) 733-5612

RALEIGH - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the North Carolina Partnership for Children announced today that they will partner in a yearlong statewide campaign to raise awareness of local Smart Start resources available to help North Carolinaís children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

State Partnership receives $527,000 grant to help other states create Smart Start programs
Date: November 15, 2000
Contact: Geelea Seaford, 919.821.9571

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Partnership for Children has received a $527,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to establish the National Smart Start Technical Assistance Center. This center will provide support to other states interested in creating comprehensive early childhood initiatives, like Smart Start.

Working Mother magazine ranks North Carolina one of top six states for its commitment to child care
Date: October 23, 2000
Contact: Monica Dood, 919.821.9570; Adam Shapiro, 919.733.5612

RALEIGH - Gov. Jim Hunt joined child advocates from around the state today to unveil the November issue of Working Mother magazine and tour the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center on the campus of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount. Novemberís special issue of Working Mother magazine features North Carolina and Smart Start as one of the top six child care initiatives in the country for its commitment and innovation in early childhood education.

Gov. Hunt Announces Expanded Efforts to Encourage Healthier Babies
Date: October 6, 2000
Contact: Adam Shapiro, 919-733-5612

RALEIGH - To reduce the risk of infant mortality and birth defects, Gov. Jim Hunt and the N.C. Partnership for children will commit an additional $350,000 toward efforts to encourage women of childbearing age to increase the amount of folic acid in their diet, Hunt announced today.

Smart Start raises more than $19 million this year, surpasses legislative fundraising requirement
Date: May 11, 2000
Contact: Monica Dood, Geelea Seaford, 919-821-7999

RALEIGH - More than $19.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions were raised this year for Smart Start, North Carolinaís nationally-recognized early childhood initiative. This figure surpasses the Smart Start legislative requirement to raise $16.1 million and does not include the thousands of volunteer hours that have been given to Smart Start.

Smart Start receives second Innovations in Government award
Date: July, 1999
Contact: Monica Dood,  919-821-7999

RALEIGH - Smart Start, North Carolinaís nationally-recognized early childhood initiative, has received its second Innovations in Government award this year. The Council of State Government announced the winners of its annual award today in Kansas City, MO. This award recognizes exemplary state programs and policies and strives to replicate successful initiatives in other states.

Smart Start Wins National Award for Innovative Programs
Date: October 22, 1998
Contact: Sean Walsh, 919-733-5612

RALEIGH - Smart Start, Gov. Jim Huntís early childhood initiative, received today as a finalist in the 1998 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, an awards program of the Ford Foundation and Harvard University which honors statesí efforts to solve their most pressing problems. Smart Start is one of 10 winners in the awards program which was announced today in Washington, D.C.