To Our Pender County Community

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, we want you to know that Smart Start is here to be a supportive resource for your early education and childcare needs. We take seriously the health of our community and want to ensure that our families have enough information to support their children and families. We will attempt to keep the community resources on this page as up to date and accurate as possible. We will make changes and updates as we become aware of them.

In compliance with Governor Cooper’s recent orders, Smart Start of Pender County is closed to the public effective March 23, 2020, until further notice. Please see our following agency updates below:

  • Our staff is teleworking, continuing to support our essential child care workforce throughout this crisis. The best way to reach us during this period is by email. Please reference this staff page as needed.
  • We are making plans to check mail, make check deposits, and cut checks with minimal disruption of payments from our business processes.
  • In-person Technical Assistance staff visits to child care facilities are canceled until further notice. Staff is available via phone, video conferencing, and email to provide support when needed.
  • All Resource Library services and operations are suspended until further notice.
  • All trainings and events scheduled through May 31, 2020 are canceled or postponed.
  • All Smart Start hosted meetings and events will be either virtual, rescheduled, or canceled until further notice.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enrollment also remains open; applications may be made online or mailed.

This is a fluid situation and dates may be extended. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community and provide updates as needed.

Resource Updates

Child Care Information

At-Home Learning Resources

Financial Assistance

Family Help