Smart Start

Program Overview

Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized early childhood initiative designed to ensure that all children are healthy and prepared to succeed when they enter kindergarten. Smart Start funds a Child Care Health Consultant position through the health department to assist child care providers with any health and safety issues.

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Some of the services they can provide are:

  • Assisting caregivers in writing policies and procedures to support health and safety practices
  • Connects caregivers and families with community health care resources and experts.
  • Provides health education programs for children in child care.
  • Provides training for child care staff.
  • Reviews immunization records and establishes health care plans for children with special needs.
  • The Smart Start nurse uses the MTI photoscreener to detect vision problems. She also does hearing screenings and recommends follow-up care where needed.