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Giving Kids a Smart Start

An innovative public-private partnership, Smart Start brings together families, teachers, caregivers, social workers, and healthcare providers to ensure all children - birth to five years of age - come to school equipped with the skills necessary to learn. Started in 1993 by Governor Jim Hunt, Smart Start is the nation’s first statewide comprehensive program of its kind.

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Credits

  • Governor Hunt at Smart Start podium. Courtesy of Smart Start & The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc
  • Karen Ponder at Smart Start podium. Courtesy of Smart Start & The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc
  • Governor Hunt presented a card by kids. Courtesy of Smart Start & The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc
  • Footage from “Our Children Our Future”, WRAL
  • Walter McDowell. Wells Fargo Historical Services
  • Smart Start staff outside the NC Legislative Building. Smart Start of Brunswick County
  • Footage from “Gov Hunt Tribute”, WRAL

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Creating Smart Start was important to improving the state's well-being.

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