Welcome to Craven Smart Start, Inc

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.

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

Click on the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page to participate in Giving Tuesday!

giving tuesdayCall today to register for the next sessions of

Play & Learn!

November 17: 9:00-10:00 AM
(Graham A. Barden Elementary)
November 18: 9:00-10:00 AM
(Vanceboro Farm-Life Elementary)
November 20: 10:00-11:00 AM & 1:00-2:00 PM
(CCR&R Lending Library)
(252) 672-5921

Register Today for the Holiday Hustle by clicking on the race logo!

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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.