Healthy behavior patterns established early in life often lead to lifelong benefits and decreased probability of serious disease later in life. Smart Start strives to improve outcomes for children by increasing young children’s access to healthcare and by working with providers, health departments, families, and communities to improve the health and safety for young children, prevent childhood obesity, and ensure that more children are screened for developmental delays and referred to services for help before they start school.
These healthy initiatives include Shape NC, Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD), and Child Care Health Consultants.
Shape NC – NCPC is in its seventh year of a partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina as part of a reoccurring three year effort to address early childhood obesity. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) also awarded Shape NC $4 million dollars with a requirement of a $4 million private dollar-for-dollar match over the next three years.
- 213 childcare centers have positively impacted over 10,000 children
- Over 27 counties have experienced improved nutrition and active play practices for over 1,000 children.
Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) is a proven, universal approach to screening young children in primary health care settings.
Child Care Health Consultants are health professionals knowledgeable about child health and development as well as child care safety.
- 2,447 child care facilities received child health consultation services funded by Smart Start. This is an increase from 2,303 in the prior fiscal year.