Young children develop and learn through their relationships with the adults in their lives – Including the early childhood educators who care for and educate them. Smart Start of Brunswick County offers services for those providing essential services for young children and families in our community.


  • Early Childhood Training

    To enhance quality early learning experiences for young children and to provide professional development opportunities (with DCDEE In-Service hours) - we offer training on a variety of topics. Click here to access Smart Start of Brunswick County’s Community Calendar.

  • Technical Assistance

    Technical Assistance is available to early childhood educators to improve or maintain quality practices related to classroom management, positive discipline, health and safety practices, the social and emotional development of young children, etc.  Contact Alyssa Racanelli for more information - 910-754-3166

  • Lending Library

    Come visit our office in Shallotte to see the wonderful resource books, materials, and supplies that are available for loan.  We are happy to deliver and pick up upon request and as the staff schedule allows.  Contact Alyssa Racanelli for more information

  • Questions about Child Care Licensing

    Are you thinking of opening a Family Child Care Home or a Child Care Center…...or do you have general questions about child care licensing rules and regulations?  Contact Jonathan Hartman for support

  • Salary Supplements

    We participate in the WAGE$ program, through Child Care Services and provide education-based salary supplements to early educators employed in star-rated child care programs. Contact Jonathan Hartman for more information

  • Early Educator Jobs Board

    Smart Start of Brunswick County is hoping to connect early educators with job opportunities in local child care centers and family child care homes. View or Post current job openings for FREE!

Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

We encourage you to stay informed…..and keep learning! Check out other great early childhood resources below.

Puzzles Region 4 CCR&R

Region 4 CCR&R Training Calendar


National Association for the Education of Young Children

NC DHHS Division Of Child Development And Early Education

NC Division of Child Development and Early Education


NC Rated License Assessment Project