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Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for lifelong health, education and well-being supported by a premiere birth-to-age-eight system.

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How We Do Our Work

We work to promote understanding, spearhead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade. Much of this work happens through our initiatives:


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Supporting Children’s Optimal Development

Each child can have the opportunity to be on track by third grade with aligned policies and practices rooted in child development, including health and development on track beginning at birth, supported and supportive families and communities, and high-quality birth-through-eight learning environments with regular attendance. Learn about the issues that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

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Smart Start Celebrates 25 Years with Gala

Smart Start is celebrating 25 years of serving North Carolina’s youngest children and their families with a 25th Anniversary Gala. September 22nd from 7pm-11p Marbles Kids Museum Raleigh, NC The event will honor Smart Start’s 25 years of work to…

Registration is Now Open for Think Babies Advocacy Academies

The North Carolina Early Education Coalition is hosting three free trainings in North Carolina for early childhood advocates to learn how to work with policymakers on issues that support infants, toddlers, their educators, and their families. These one-day trainings will…

Meet Family Forward NC Advisory Council’s Newest Members

Leaders from home improvement company Lowe’s and the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina will join a group of prominent business and community representatives and health experts that will help create a guide to inspire employers to incorporate more family-friendly…
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