About us

We envision a community in which every young child in Transylvania County is thriving.

In partnership with families, organizations, and individuals, we influence the well-being of children. We accept responsibility for the improvement of high-quality early care and education for young children in Transylvania County.

  • Excellence: Adhering to standards of high-quality in all that we do, while continuously adapting, improving, and creating new possibilities.
  • Collaboration: Sharing leadership and responsibility in our work with others to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes.
  • Engagement: Seeking the valuable participation, cooperation, and contributions of families, organizations, and individuals to realize our vision.
  • Transparency: Communicating information about the organization's mission, policies, finances, and programs with clarity and accuracy.
  • Organizational Integrity: Acting openly, ethically, honestly, and respectfully to maintain the public's trust.
  • Leadership: Creating an effective, results-driven, culture that nurtures families and young children.

In Collaboration With Our Community Partners We Are Working To:

  • Be the champion for young children through collaboration, educating the public, and influencing public policy.
  • Ensure young children have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high quality learning.
  • Assist and encourage early childhood educators in their pursuit of excellence and promote an environment that elevates the profession.
  • Pursue opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young children and their families.

More Information

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.