Welcome to Craven Smart Start, Inc

Upcoming Family Resource Events In Craven County

Free Adult Dental Clinic

Where: Epiphany School of Global Studies 

2301 Trent Rd., New Bern  | Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, October 28 

Doors Open at  6:00 AM  — First Come First Serve

Annual Craven County Resource Fair

Find out about resources available to individuals with disabilities in Craven County.

Where: Rhems Fire and Rescue, Hwy 17, New Bern

When: November 4, 2017 11:00 to 3:00 PM


Why support Craven Smart Start?

Young children often come to Kindergarten unprepared to learn.  Craven Smart Start initiates and funds programs in Craven County that address kindergarten readiness. Craven Smart Start also collaborates with other community organizations to support young children and their families.

We believe when young children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, that they will become loving, nurturing independent individuals who will contribute to their families, communities, and society. We believe that all children, when surrounded by a supportive community, can achieve economic success and experience the highest quality of life. 

Advocating for Parents and Supporting Childcare Professionals

Craven Smart Start supports childcare professionals by providing continuing education to ensure quality care for all children, and by supporting the WAGE$ program in Craven County which provides needed supplements for childcare professionals so that they may move closer to earning a living wage. To understand more, please watch the video below.

See this LINK for 2016-2017 impacts of the WAGE$ program.


Save the date for This year’s Race!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Click on the race logo to register!

New Race Logo sizedown

Creating a loving, caring, sharing community for children through health, education, economic development, and socialization.

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Click on the First 2000 Days graphic to learn more.


  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.