ERIC Number: ED450871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Sharing the Stories: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Smart Start.
Kroll, Carolyn K.; Rivest, Michele
Launched in 1994, Smart Start is the statewide early childhood initiative in North Carolina designed to ensure that every child "arrives at school healthy and ready to succeed." This guide provides a practical reference to the lessons learned from Smart Start as the program was developed and experienced from the local county partnership perspective. The guide documents program implementation at the local level during its first 5 years. Information for the guide was gathered from surveys, interviews, and focus groups of Smart Start executive directors. Experiences of local leaders are presented in the form of stories and "lessons learned" that are organized around the major challenges facing each local partnership organization. These challenges include board leadership, planning, services development, organizational development, community collaboration, resource development, evaluation, communications, and public awareness. Each chapter in the guide focuses on one of these themes and contains background information on state policy and practice before highlighting the local perspective. Brief case studies are included within each topic. The chapters conclude with a set of key lessons for each topic. The guide concludes by considering Smart Start's future as North Carolina's political leadership changes, how Smart Start fits in with other early childhood issues in the state, local implementation of the initiative, and how the program is likely to change. (KB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Community Programs, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Leadership, Marketing, Organizational Development, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Opinion
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
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