Invest In Our Children


There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success.

This is why quality child care – care that provides a loving, nurturing, and stable environment – helps children enter school ready for success, improves their skills, and keeps them safe while their parents work. Our partnership works closely with licensed child care centers and family child care homes and provides unique services to families of preschool children to give children in Rutherford, Polk and McDowell Counties what they need to be prepared for success in school.

How We Do What We Do

Our Partnership for Children builds and sustains partnerships with community agencies and service providers. By partnering together to provide creative and unique programs for preschool children, the families of preschool children and licensed child care centers and family child care homes, our partnership improves the quality of child care, makes child care more affordable and more accessible, provides health education and provides family support services.

What is 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.