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.
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 Get Set Transylvania collaboration. Get Set 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 Get Set Transylvania, a branded entity whose individual members’ and organizations’ strengths are leveraged, making Get Set Transylvania the leader of the of our community’s early childhood efforts.
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.