Smart Start of Buncombe County
Whether you are an early childhood educator looking for a workshop, a school-age provider seeking homework tips, a family member looking for child care, or a member of the Smart Start Board of Directors wanting to confirm the location of the next board meeting, we hope you will find our website a helpful resource.
Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children's learning and development beginning at birth.
i play. and Smart Start: Making a Difference for Asheville Families
Asheville, NC, November, 2013 – In Buncombe County, 27% of young children are living in poverty. i play., a local clothing and natural baby product store in Asheville, has partnered with Smart Start of Buncombe County to ensure hundreds of families receive new quality clothing for their infants and toddlers. Click here to read the full story...
Caroline Rodier Named Assistant Director of Smart Start of Buncombe County
Caroline Rodier was recently selected as the new Assistant Director for Smart Start of Buncombe County, effective October 1, 2013.
Rodier has worked the past ten years for the Smart Start agency in McDowell County, where she has a long history working on behalf of young children and their families in various leadership positions. Prior to her work with Smart Start Rodier was the Executive Director of the McDowell County United Way. She earned her Masters of Public Affairs from Western Carolina University in 2004.
As the Assistant Director, Rodier will be responsible for program management and evaluation. She will have responsibility for monitoring the implementation of all Smart Start funded projects; ensuring key elements of the organization’s annual strategic plan are implemented; representing the organization in the community and maintaining an understanding of local and state issues.
Smart Start of Buncombe County currently employs 11 staff members and funds 10 programs in the community. The mission of Smart Start is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth.
Smart Start: Celebrating 20 Years!
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. That is because children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success.
Please visit www.first2000days.org for more information and resources!
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