About the Partnership

The first few years of a child’s life are the most critical years of brain development.  It is crucial that children receive high quality early care and education to ensure they enter school ready to succeed.

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills is a non-profit organization working to ensure access to high quality care and education for all children and supporting child care providers and families. We leverage investments from local, state and national partners to ensure we meet our goal of every child entering school ready to succeed.

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills

The Partnership for Children of the Foothills supports families and works to ensure access to high quality care and education. We leverage investments from local, state and national collaborates to ensure children enter school ready to succeed. Children who enter kindergarten ready to succeed grow to be strong students, productive employees and vital members of the community.

We build and sustain partnerships in Polk, Rutherford and McDowell counties that provide creative and unique programs for preschool children, the families of preschool children and licensed child care centers and family child care homes. We work together to improve the quality of child care, make child care more affordable and more accessible, and provide health education and family support services.

Smart Start

Smart 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. Smart Start is a public-private initiative that provides early education funding to the state’s 100 counties. Smart Start funds are administered locally through non-profit organizations such as the Partnership for Children of the Foothills.

Smart Start measurably increases the health and well-being of young children birth to five, building the foundation for all future learning, by:

  • Improving children’s early care and education programs so they are safe, healthy and provide opportunities for children to learn skills they need for success in school.
  • Providing parents with tools that support them in raising healthy, happy, successful children.
  • Ensuring that children have access to preventive health care.