The science is clear: early experiences matter. During the first years of life, children’s experiences are built into their bodies — shaping brain development and building the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. Parents play the lead role in their child’s healthy development. Smart Start of Brunswick County meets families where they are - whether the children are at home or in early childhood settings.

Programs for Children and Families

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Through weekly play groups, Kaleidoscope offers parents and other caregivers the opportunity to support their children's early learning through everyday activities while building relationships with other participants. View upcoming events on our calendar.  Contact Lynn Hebert-Smith for more information.

Triple P

Positive Parenting Practices (Triple P)

Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior, and prevent problems from developing.  There are various levels and service delivery methods (ex. groups, seminars, brief one-on-one interactions) within Triple P. Contact Lynn Hebert-Smith for more information on group and individual sessions.

Check out this flyer for Five Steps to Positive Parenting!

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)

Beginning at birth, all children receive one free book each month mailed to their home until their 5th birthday! Apply Now. Contact Carol Keen for more information.

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Child Care Subsidy

Smart Start funds enhance the child care subsidy program which provides financial assistance with the cost of high-quality child care to families who are working or attending school. Locally, the Smart Start subsidy program funds funnel directly through the Brunswick County Department of Social Services. Contact DSS directly to apply at 910-253-2077 (https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/social-services/other) or Jonathan Hartman for more information.


NC Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K)

NC Pre-K is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. Smart Start of Brunswick County is the administrator of NC Pre-K in this community – helping families register, organizing placement of children, and supporting early childhood staff who provide NC Pre-K. Access registration forms here and contact Jacob Griffiths for more information.

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Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

We help families who may be looking for child care or community resources …..or who may just have questions about their child’s development.  Contact Jonathan Hartman for support.

Community Resources

Here are some commonly requested resources in Brunswick County. Contact us if you need additional support:

Brunswick County Department of Social Services

Brunswick County Food Pantries

Brunswick County Libraries

Brunswick County Health Department

Play Groups and Workshops

At Smart Start of Brunswick County, we’re committed to providing opportunities for engagement and enlightenment for children, families and caregivers.