20th Anniversary of the Smart Start approach …

… and of the progress of that approach in our community … 1993 to 2014 … and beyond …


Opened in 1963, the North Carolina State Legislative Building in Raleigh, NC.

In 2013, our statewide partnership for high quality early learning and care celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Guided by the statutorily-designed Smart Start-approach and led by the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., we have made great forward strides for children and families across our state!

The  video below captures a bit of that nationally renowned story.

In 1994, the year following the passage of North Carolina’s landmark legislation, a passionate team of local education and community advocates, led by Dean Clifford, Ph.D., set the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community on its path of mobilizing resources and shaping public opinion to improve early childhood care, development, and education.

Since the founding of Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., succeeding cohorts of volunteer leaders and professional staff have continued Forsyth County local early education partnership to provide parents, educators, and policy makers with tools for raising healthy, successful children, and ensuring that children have access to preventative health, dental, and vision care.


Founder of the Forsyth Early Childhood Partnership, Dean Clifford (kneeling lower right), with a delegation of Forsyth County early educators on a legislative visit to Raleigh, NC in June 2012.

During calendar year 2015, our local partnership will celebrate its 20th anniversary an important milestone for any endeavor! Stay tuned for more information about our 20th Anniversary celebrations here in the Greater Centennial Twin City and Forsyth County Community!

For more information about NCPC and the 20th Anniversary Celebration of our state’s Smart Start approach, click here.