What everyone needs to know about the early years of a child's life.

The earliest years of childhood are critical. Experiences during this time 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 for healthy growth and development.

Our Purpose

To create and implement a comprehensive, outcome focused plan to enrich the lives of children and families in Person County, North Carolina through high quality early childhood education, health care, and related service.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Every child in our county who signs up receives an age appropriate book in the mail for free until their 5th birthday. This is one our most successful programs. Parents: Online RegistrationPrintable Registration

Week of the Young Child

An annual event promoting awareness on issues concerning young children and their families.More WOYC Parade Info2018 WOYC Schedule

Training Schedule


Evaluation Meeting on Monday, October 17th from 11 AM to 12 Noon. There will be a Strategic Planning Meeting following the Evaluation Meeting. This meeting will be from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM. Both meetings will be held at the Partnership Office.