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 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
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
Grants and Incentives
Grants and incentives may be available throughout the year to help recognize early childhood professionals who are furthering their education and/or to programs that are working to enhance quality standards. ROUND 1 Education Bonus applications have just been mailed to all the star-rated family child care homes and child care centers in Brunswick County. Letter to Directors, Round 1 Fact Sheet FCCH, Round 1 Fact Sheet Centers, Round 1 Application for all. The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Please contact Laura Travis-Ehart with any questions ([email protected])
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
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.