Our Forsyth

Smart Start is a state-wide initiative that begins serving young children at birth with high-quality childcare, nutrition, and family support services. Education begins at birth, so it is vital that we reach children early by providing resources for teachers, making higher quality childcare accessible, and making referrals to community services for families. Smart Start of Forsyth County serves children, aged birth to five years, their families, and the early childhood workforce in Forsyth County. As the earliest years of childhood are the most critical, we work to shape the experiences of our children so that they thrive. Our programs are evidence based and we rely on years of research to provide opportunities to support their educational and emotional best interests. Children who are exposed to Smart Start of Forsyth County arrive at school healthy and well-prepared to:

  • Outperform other children on standardized achievement tests
  • Require less grade repetition
  • Are more likely to graduate high school, and
  • Are less likely to be arrested or commit crimes

“Investing in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children from birth through age 5 will help prevent achievement deficits and produce better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Such investments will reduce the need for costly remediation and social spending while increasing the value, productivity and earning potential of individuals. In fact, every dollar invested in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children produces a 7 percent to 10 percent return, per child, per year.”

– Professor James Heckman

Below are resources, reports, and research that guide our service to Forsyth County. Our strategic plan is currently under reassessment for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to ensure that we continue to serve with integrity, fidelity to program models, the best interests of each child in mind.

NC Resources

National Resources

Reports

NC Research

National Research

Learn more about the importance of early childhood development and education.