Currently Funded Programs

To find out more information on the following programs, please click on the name.

Child Care Health Consultant

The Child Care Health Consultant model promotes healthy and safe environments for children in child care settings through consultation, training, and technical assistance services. The Child Care Health Consultant is a qualified health professional who must complete the state CCHC training provided by the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center. The Consultant helps child care staff to resolve identified health or safety problems, to improve the health of children in care, including children with special health needs, and to assess the child care facility’s overall health and safety status with the goal of providing a higher quality program for the children enrolled. Consultants work with child care facilities to increase children’s access to primary, preventive health care and health insurance.

Call 252-636-3198 for more information.

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)

Services include

  • Consumer education and referrals to families
  • Professional development support which includes the coordination and provision of training on child care related topics and professional development counseling to support providers’ attainment of higher education levels
  • Technical assistance to child care providers
  • Data collection and analysis

Staff also work to increase and maintain the star ratings for child care facilities in Craven County through technical assistance on curriculum and environments, pre and post mock environmental rating scale assessments, and quality improvement plans. If funds are available, grants may be given to support/incentivize the increase or maintenance of child care facility star ratings and an early childhood conference may occur. CCR&R will also offer lending collections of parenting and child development resources, developmentally appropriate materials, and a resource room (which enables laminating, die cutting, and other resources) to registered CCR&R members.

Please call (252) 672-5921 for information or assistance.

Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is offered through the Department of Social Services. You may call a Child Care In-take Worker at (252) 636-4900. This program helps income-eligible families to receive assistance in paying for childcare. Services for birth to Kindergarten.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach works to educate the community about Smart Start funded services available through the Partnership and to connect families to these services. For more information, please call Pinkie Moore at (252) 671-0689.

Family Literacy Program

Family Literacy Program at Vanceboro Farm Life & James W. Smith Elementary Schools – Call Renee Harrell at (252) 244-3226. This program provides a high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program for children 0-5 years of age while helping parents work towards their G.E.D., learn ESL, or gain job skills.

North Carolina Pre-kindergarten Program

North Carolina Pre-kindergarten Program is a state-funded community-based, voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina for success in school. Programs are to meet high quality standards, with a specific curriculum that is focused on preparing children in developmentally appropriate ways for success in schools (e.g., emphasis on literacy, numbers, physical/fine-motor development, and problem solving/thinking).

For more information please call Renee Harrell at (252) 244-3226.


WAGE$® Project provides education-based salary supplements to low paid teachers, directors and family child care providers working with children between the ages of 0-5. For more information, please call (252) 672-5921 and ask to speak with Kelly Shaw.

Raising a Reader

The Raising A Reader program promotes improved literacy development through daily book sharing between caregivers and young children. Child care centers, child care homes, or other community sites with a high percentage of low-income children will be targeted and will loan identified families a bookbag containing high quality, developmentally appropriate children’s books, that are exchanged each week.  Weekly shared reading sessions will take place at each RAR site.  Parents of the children in the project will be invited to participate in at least two parent workshops where they will learn book sharing strategies. Participants and their families will be provided with library information, library card application, and other community literacy resources.

For more information contact Nadia Lowe, 252-636-3198.

  • 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.