What Is Smart Start?

COVID-19: NC Department of Health and Human Services and Smart Start Resources:

During this time of global crisis, NC DHHS has guidance and resources to support your business or child care center. We at Smart Start of Transylvania County are here to support our community, its youngest children and their families.

NCDHHS has partnered with the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network to launch a hotline to provide child care options for children of essential workers who do not have access to typical care because of COVID-19 closures.

Care will be offered by child care providers who agree to meet updated health, safety and operational guidelines. Priority will be given to children of critical workers, which includes emergency and first responders, hospital staff, front-line health care providers, nursing and adult group home staff, child care program staff, food service staff and others working to keep our communities safe and healthy in response to COVID-19. Priority will also be given for care for children who are receiving child welfare services, homeless or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements.

Essential workers in need of child care in Transylvania County may call the CCR&R hotline at                  


to receive information about local options for children from infants through age 12. The hotline is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Transylvania County child care centers serving children during COVID-19 crisis:

Lisa's Kiddigarten  38 Old  Hendersonville Hwy., Brevard    828-877-3707

Little Blessings Learning Center  169 Main St.,  Rosman  828-884-8597

Nanna's & Mommy's  1131 Wilson  Rd., Pisgah Forest  828-877-2555

New Adventure Learning Center  260 S. Gaston  St., Brevard    828-884-3232


Smart Start is currently enrolling students for the high-quality NC Pre-K program for eligible four year-olds for the 2020-2021 school year. Find out if your child qualifies to apply!

Smart Start of Transylvania County is a non-profit organization that is part of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, a nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. The North Carolina Partnership for Children's vision is that each child reaches his or her potential and is prepared for success in a global community. Its mission is to advance a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of care and education for each child beginning with a healthy birth.The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.

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The Power of Partnerships

Our greatest strength is our ability to partner successfully with parents, educators, businesses, non-profits, government agencies and community stakeholders. We are proud to be a partner in the GetSet Transylvania collaboration. GetSet Transylvania is the collaboration of the Early Childhood Initiative, started in 2015 by bringing together community stakeholders to address the needs of children from birth to age 5. This successful collaboration was based upon addressing needs revealed by data compiled in the State of the Young Child document and continues as GetSet Transylvania, a branded entity whose individual members’ and organizations’ strengths are leveraged, making GetSet Transylvania the leader of the of our community’s early childhood efforts.

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Experiences during early childhood literally shape the structure of the brain. Because today's children are tomorrow's leaders, parents and workers, everyone has a stake in making sure that all children have the experiences they need to thrive. Smart Start brings together all the people involved in a young child's life - families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers, and many others - to ensure every child has all they need to healthy growth and development.

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.

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.

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