NCPC establishes measurable, statewide goals for increasing the health, well-being and development of North Carolina’s children birth to five. Local Partnerships then take responsibility for making decisions about how best to achieve those goals based on the needs and resources in their localcommunities. Smart Start’s nationally award-winning approach has resulted in:
- More children attending high quality care — from 33% to 64% since 2001, when Smart Start began tracking this data.
- More children receiving Developmental screenings – 98% of children received recommended screenings after Smart Start launched the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program (compared to 81% before ABCD) in participating counties.
- More children succeeding in school – third-graders have higher standardized reading and math scores and lower special education placement rates in those counties that had received relatively more funding for Smart Start when these children were younger. This is according to research released in March 2011 by Duke University, which found that investments in Smart Start generate broad education benefits.