The Partnership for Children of Wayne County is a non-profit organization designed to provide programs and services for children from birth to age five and their families in Wayne County, North Carolina.

Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized early childhood education initiative to expand and improve services for children ages birth to five and their families.  Smart Start was established in 1993, under the leadership of then Governor Jim Hunt, as a state-wide, public/private partnership to help all North Carolina children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.  Local Smart Start partnerships, comprised of community members, fund programs within their own communities based on each county’s particular needs and resources.  Statewide oversight of all Smart Start programs is provided through The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC).

Today, local partnerships operate in all 100 North Carolina counties through funding from the North Carolina legislature, corporations, foundations and individual donors.  The Partnership for Children of Wayne County opened in 1998 and is the local partnership organization serving young children and families throughout Wayne County.  We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our Mission
The Partnership for Children provides or connects families with early care and education, health, and family support services needed for young children.

Our Vision
Children will receive the start they need to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant people who strengthen the social and economic future of Wayne County.

Smart Start is considered a national model for comprehensive early childhood education initiatives.