ERIC Number: ED478650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Smart Start: Celebrating 10 Years, 1993-2003.
North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.
Smart Start, a public-private initiative celebrating 10 years of operation, invests in high quality early care and education services for all children, birth to age five, and their families in North Carolina. The initiative funds programs to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of child care as well as children's health and family support efforts that address the needs of each communitys young children and their families. This report highlights Smart Starts accomplishments over the past 10 years. The report notes that the number of children receiving higher quality child care has increased from 20 percent in 1993 to nearly 70 percent in 2003, with much of that progress due to Smart Start's focus on improving the quality of care. Eighty-two percent of child care teachers have some college education. Other results of the Smart Start initiative include improved access to children's health services and increased assistance to working families for child care costs. The report next highlights findings from over 30 research reports evaluating Smart Start conducted over the past 10 years. Comments from state leaders and program participants are cited to illustrate the support Smart Start has received in the state. Also included in the report is a timeline delineating important events for the initiative over the past 10 years and a list of major contributors. The role of Smart Start's National Technical Assistance Center is then described, and information is provided on the progress made by states currently participating in the center's intensive technical assistance program. The report concludes with Smart Start's vision for the future of North Carolina. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Technical Assistance, Trend Analysis, Young Children
North Carolina Partnership for Children, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tel: 919-821-7999; Fax: 919-821-8050; Web site: http://www.ncsmartstart.org. For full text: http://www.ncsmartstart.org/Information/10yearreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.