Child Care

Child Care Services

Smart Start of Brunswick County works with many different organizations and agencies that provide services to children and families throughout Brunswick County to identify community needs and develop resources to meet the needs of families with young children. By supporting existing resources as well as developing new programs and providing funding through Smart Start, private grants or donations, the following services are made possible to the young children and families in Brunswick County:


Child Care Resource and Referral

This program provides training and resources to the community on the importance of high quality childcare and early education. CCR&R provides information, trainings, and technical assistance to childcare providers and families with children from prenatal to 5 years old. A resource and lending library for parents, child care providers, teachers and students is available at the CCR&R office located at 5140 Sellers Street in Shallotte. Trainings must be paid for at the time of registration.  Credit will be given only if we are provided prior notice of an absence.  No credit or refunds will be provided for a "no-show."

For child care provider training schedule go to Calendar of Events under What's Going On Tab or  Child Care Provider Newsletter and Training Schedule.  The training registration form can be found HERE.


Jonathan Hartman CCR&R Coordinator - 754-3166

Child Care Subsidies

With Smart Start funding, the local Department of Social Services (DSS) provides child care subsidy so more families will have access to high quality, affordable child care.



Quality Technical Assistance

Child Care Quality Consultants work with child care providers to increase or maintain the quality of their child care programs by providing on-site consultation, technical support, training and mentoring. The consultants work with child care directors and staff as well as state licensing consultants to develop plans to ensure educational requirements are maintained and other requirements are met. For technical assistance contact Laura Travis-Ehart.


Laura Travis-Ehart, Quality Consultant - 754-3166


WAGE$ Program

Child Care providers do a very important job teaching our communities' children, however, they are generally underpaid. As we strive for higher quality standards, many of these same teachers are obtaining higher education in their field. The WAGE$ program provides a salary supplement to participating providers based on their educational levels.


Call 919-967-3272 for details.


Family Support

Family Support Services

Smart Start of Brunswick County works with many different agencies that provide services to children and families throughout Brunswick County to identify needed programs, services and resources to meet these needs. By blending and leveraging existing resources and providing funding through Smart Start, private donations or grants, the following programs are made possible to the young children and families in Brunswick County:


     Smart Start Kaleidoscope Learn and Play

At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and other family members – often referred to as family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers – learn about:

  • Activities they can do at home to support children's learning
  • Turning everyday activities- such as grocery shopping, cooking and bath time- into early learning opportunities
  • Child development from birth to five
  • Skills children are expected to have when they start school
  • Community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children

Interested?  Call Lynn Hebert-Smith, Patricia Ungerer, Carol Keen at 754-3166 for more information.  En espanol, Patricia Ungerer.



  Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.

In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina. Children will receive an age-appropriate book mailed directly to them each month at no cost. They will receive free books until their fifth birthday.  For more information call Carol Keen at 754-3166 or register by clicking this link: 



Health Related





This pre-kindergarten program allows eligible four year olds the opportunity to learn in high quality educational environments without cost to their families. Children served in NCPre-K must be four years old by August 31st and not eligible to enter kindergarten this school year. There is an income eligibility and service priorities. Brunswick County NCPre-K classrooms are located in child care centers.


Applications for 2020-2021 school year are available at the Smart Start office, 5140 Sellers Street, Shallotte and at child care centers listed below or download application here.



    Questions? Call Jacob Griffiths at: 754-3166 x 228

All committee meetings are public record and currently being held via Zoom.

Committe Meeting Dates
9/29/20 at 9:00 am
11/17/20 at 9:00 am
2/2/21 at 9:00 am
4/20/21 at 9:00 am
6/8/21 at 9:00 am

Current Co-Chairs:
Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools – Jerry Oates
Local Partnership Board Chair – Polly Russ

Committee Members:
Head Start program Representative – Carol Burney
Licensed Child Care Provider Representative – Anita Taylor
Child Care Resource / Referral Agency Representative – Jon Hartman
Social Services Agency Representative – Priscilla Phillyaw
Public School Exceptional Children Representative – Charli Arman
Parent Representative – Amber Mercer

Other representatives:
Director ECE Brunswick Community College - Katie Mintz
Fiscal Director Smart Start of Brunswick County - Pam Williamson
DSS Manger - Vanell Walker  




















Other Services

Program/Evaluations Management

The P/E Director assists direct service providers and subcontractors in program development, evaluation, and monitoring of programs. The manager assists in the development of the annual plan based on community needs and resources and oversees programmatic monitoring and evaluation of approved activities. The Director compiles Smart Start reports and assists in coordination of community activities that promote the health, education and well being of young children.

Laura Travis-Ehart
Program & Evaluations Director
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Forms and Information


Education Incentive Application  

Education Incentive Checklist

Directors Statement

W9 Form

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who has completed classes this fiscal year!


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