Family child care scholarships …

… helping families access high quality child care during their child’s First 2000 Days

Smart Start of Forsyth County provides almost $2 million dollars annually in scholarships to eligible families to support their efforts to access high quality early learning and childcare for their birth-to-five year old children.

Through a partnership with Work Family Resource Center, Inc., Smart Start staff coordinate all the back-office team work with the participating providers of early development and learning centers, assuring prompt, accurate, and timely payment, and resolving any business or operations issues. Work Family staff provide consumer education on choosing high quality child care, and, in the process, gather the scholarship intake information about the family

Smart Start’s staff also help resolve any issues of scholarship eligibility, as well as help find ways to find additional funding in difficult, emergency situations. The Family Child Care Scholarship Eligibility Committee works with Smart Start to ensure that the maximum number of children and families have the benefit of high quality early development and learning opportunities.

Family Child Care Scholarships Eligibility Committee
Artetta McKinney, Forsyth County Department of Social Services
Gena Puckett, Work Family Resource Center, Inc.
Jenny Whitley, SSFC, Inc.
Jeanna Rutledge, Community Volunteer
Staci McMillian-Smith, SSFC, Inc., Convener
Marilyn Odom, Community Volunteer / YWCA

For more information about the Family Childcare Scholarship program, contact Staci McMillian-Smith, MEd, at 336.714.4362, or