Founding Partners

The Grow a Child Web site is a collaborative effort between a number of  North Carolina community agencies, created to help families find local community resources and other simple ideas to turn good parents into extraordinary parents.

About Smart Start

Smart StartSmart Start is North Carolina's nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.  It is a public-private initiative that provides early education funding to all of the state’s 100 counties. Smart Start funds are administered (or granted) at the local level through nonprofit organizations. 

Smart Start partnerships across the state support programs for families, child care facilities, and educators by directly administering services in house, boy with seedlingand by providing financial support to other local human service agencies to administer services within their organizations. 

Families who seek support in raising their children, locating affordable child care options and preparing young children for school can access Smart Start programs in a variety of settings including child care centers, pediatrician offices and within the home.  In addition, many partnerships fund child care resource and referral programs as well as Parents as Teachers activities.

Child care centers, homes, and individual early childhood professionals can find comprehensive support for improving or maintaining the quality of a facility and support for staff to obtain higher levels of education.

Smart Start champions the cause of early childhood education, family support, health, and child care industry all for the benefit of children ages birth through five.

The following partnerships provided key support to launch
the Grow A Child site:

About Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies are community based organizations that are the single point of access in many communities to the child care system. These agencies are designed to address the needs of parents and child care providers in the community. CCR&R agencies provide services that help parents find high quality child care, train child care providers, and influence local and state policy issues related to child care. There are over 60 CCR&R services in North Carolina. Some of these services are housed within Smart Start partnerships; others are stand alone organizations who work collaboratively with other community agencies serving children (birth to 12 years) and families in their communities.

About Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. PAT provides families with four main components: individual home visits; group meetings with other parents; functional assessments of development; and connection to community resources. PAT is a free and voluntary program.


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