Why support Craven Smart Start?

Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501© 3 non-profit agency. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Early Childhood Education
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. 

Economic Impact
With funding from The Harold H. Bate Foundation, Craven Smart Start commissioned East Carolina University to create a report to show the numerous economic benefits that the child care industry brings to our local economy. Child care is an important industry in Craven County, North Carolina, with wide-ranging effects on those who work in that sector and utilize its services. However, it also has a broader impact on economic activity throughout Craven County. This study uses Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) and IMPLAN (an economic modeling software package that is widely used for estimating the economic effects of a given industry), as well as a survey of parents and guardians who use child care services in Craven County, to estimate the breadth of impact of the child care industry on the county.  To view this report, please click HERE.

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 Child Care WAGE$® Program North Carolina 2019-2020 Annual Report.

First 2000 Days
NC voter polls in 2014, 2016 and 2018 have shown gains in North Carolinians’ understanding of the importance of early learning and in support of more public investments in young children.

Organizations participating in the First 2000 Days engagement initiative expanded their public engagement skills, built new partnerships and relationships, strengthened alliances, expanded their bases of support, and integrated the message into their organizational communications strategies.

A wide range of community leaders became unexpected voices for why early learning matters. Judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, business and faith leaders, economic development advocates and community college administrators became First 2000 Days Champions to educate and engage their networks. These respected champions also authored editorials to reach out across their communities.

Click on the First 2000 Days graphic to learn more

Help us give children of Craven County a brighter and better future!
tel:(252) 636-3198
or donate with a check by mailing to:
Craven Smart Start, Inc.
2111F Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28560

Thank you to some of our most recent Grantors:

Save The Children


Craven County Community Foundation

  • 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.