About Us

Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501© 3 non-profit agency.


Building Brighter Futures for Young Children


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.

Child Care Economic Impact Report – Craven County

To view the report, please click HERE. 
*A study requested by Craven Smart Start, Inc. Funded through a grant from the Harold H. Bate Foundation

Find out more about Craven Smart Start, our programs and our impacts in this slideshow –

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  • 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.