Welcome to registration for the 2017 National Smart Start Conference. This year’s conference boasts nationally recognized featured speakers, informative pre-conference sessions, and engaging workshops throughout. The conference will be May 2 through May 4 with a pre-conference on May 1.
The closing luncheon keynote is Author, Producer, & Activist Tonya Lewis Lee. She has been a creative presence in children’s literature and production for almost 15 years. Opening keynote, Junlei Li is the Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media.

Pre-conference participants will choose one session to attend during the registration process. The available sessions include:

  1. PBS and Bright by Three: New Generation Initiative
  2. NC Early Childhood Foundation: Early Learning and The Every Student Succeeds Act: Are You Prepared?
  3. NC Smart Start Fiscal Training: training for NC Smart Start local partnership staff to learn about financial and contracting topics
    North Carolina Smart Start local partnership Executive Directors and board members may also register for the Annual Conference Leadership Symposium on Thursday, May 4 from 8:00 to 11:30am, and the Leadership Symposium Awards Reception on Wednesday evening. This year’s speaker is Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews.


Late/Onsite - Four Day
  • 4 Day (Full Conference + Pre-conference)
  • (April 10, 2017 through Conference)
Late/Onsite - Three Day
  • 3 Day (Full Conference, No Pre-conference)
  • (April 10, 2017 through Conference)
Late/Onsite - Pre-Conf Only
  • Pre-conference Only
  • (April 10, 2017 through Conference)

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation requests must be received by April 10, 2017 to receive a refund. Cancellations after that date will not be refunded. All cancellations and/or substitutions must be submitted via email to Please include your registration information in the email. The email must come from the original email address that you used during registration.

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