ERIC Number: ED423968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina's Smart Start Initiative: 1994-95 Annual Evaluation Report.
North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Smart Start is North Carolina's partnership between state government and local leaders, service providers, and families to better serve children under six years and their families to ensure that all children start school healthy and prepared to succeed. Local Smart Start partnerships spent much of their first year formulating long-term plans, focusing on evaluation, early childhood education and care, family support services, health services, and innovative service delivery and system change. The major findings from Year 1 include: (1) local decision-making efforts have been hampered by the state's plan approval mechanisms, budgetary deadlines, and statewide standards; (2) local partnerships focused on areas most appropriate for their community, early childhood education, family support, collaboration, or service systems change; (3) local planning is critical to program success; (4) contracting problems need to be solved; (5) counties need content-specific technical assistance in addition to the process-oriented assistance provided by the state; and (6) involving parents in decision-making was difficult. Most local partnerships began implementation in 1994. To date, significant changes were evident in the following areas: the percentage of AA-licensed child care facilities, enhanced quality of care and number of services offered in child care centers receiving Smart Start services, professional development of child care staff, the provision of Child Care Resource and Referral services, the provision of family support through Family Resource Centers, and increased subsidies to children of low-income families. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina