What is Smart Start of Pender County?

Smart Start is a statewide program designed to help all of North Carolina’s children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. administers Smart Start Funds in Pender County. We work in collaboration with several local agencies to serve children 0-5 in the community through child care, health care, and family support services. We offer a variety of services in support of parents and providers with the goal of promoting quality childcare in all of Pender County.


Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation and although we are primarily funded by the state, we rely on private contributions, as well as other grant sources to help meet the needs of the community.

Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. provides all services in an unbiased manner in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, handicap, and national origin.

Join our Team – Smart Start is Hiring!

Smart Start is looking for a Program Support Assistant to provide entry-level program and administrative support and a Program Evaluator/Coordinator. Both positions are part-time and require a minimum of 28 hours per week.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Providing programmatic, administrative and fiscal support to program staff and the Executive Director
  • Assists with coordination of agency activities
  • Manage incoming and outgoing contact with the public.
  • Assist with resource lending library management
  • Maintain agency data management systems

This position requires a minimum of a High School Diploma and four years bookkeeping or accounting experience. Completion of a one or two year business course from an accredited community college or business school may be substituted for some of the required experience.

Program Evaluator/Coordinator:

  • Provide program coordination and evaluation for contracted and in-house activities
  • Research, develop and coordinate grant and fund development opportunities
  • Manage agency social media
  • Coordinate and manage designated projects and reports
  • Assist with fiscal management
  • Develop instruments to evaluate, collect, analyze, evaluate, and report data
  • Database management
  • Strategic planning including program development and design

Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Social Work, or a human services related field. Experience or background in research, data collection, and/or statistics helpful. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

If this sounds like you, please complete our employment application here or at our office. Submit applications or your resume to 600 N. Timberly Lane or P. O. Box 429, Burgaw, NC 28425. Emailed applications to info@pender4kids.com or faxed to 910-259-9728 will be accepted. These positions will be open until filled.

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Enroll Your Child Today!

Register your child today to receive a FREE, new book each month until age 5. Smart Start of Pender County and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to bring books to North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE program for all families with young children in Pender County regardless of income or zip code.

You can register online by visiting the website here or contact Angel Parker, Early Literacy Consultant at aparker@pender4kids.com or at (910) 259-9978. You can also register your child via the QR code below.


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"In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
~ Ann Landers

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