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The schedule of meetings below is open to the public. Note: this committee does not meet every month and approved minutes are hyperlinked. Public comments are welcomed but all participants must abide by Robert’s Rules of Order and only speak when called upon by committee chair. All comments will be limited to two (2) minutes, unless otherwise approved prior to the start of each meeting.

Program Evaluation – Request for Proposals


Smart Start of Forsyth County Request for Proposals for the 2024-2027 Allocation Cycle


Smart Start funds may be used solely to support services for young children (birth through age 5) and their families who reside in Forsyth County. Smart Start funds are available to For-profit and non-profit organizations, public, governmental, organizations and agencies, grassroots organizations, such as neighborhood groups, that partner with eligible organizations

All selected projects will be funded initially for a maximum of three years, from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2027. 

All awards are contingent upon Smart Start funding made available by the NC General Assembly and contracted through the North Carolina Partnership for Children.


Smart Start of Forsyth County (hereafter referred to as the “Local Partnership”) is soliciting proposals to establish contracts through competitive negotiations. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to acquire the services of a qualified contractor (hereafter referred to as the “Contractor”) for one of the following services to support early literacy and the health and development of young children:

  • Child Care Service Quality Enhancement/Maintenance: Building and maintaining an affordable, comprehensive, high-quality early development and education system for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.
  • Subsidized Placement: Assist eligible children and families in obtaining high quality early education that meets child and family needs
  • Parents as Their Children’s First Teacher: Connecting families (guardians) with young children or who are expecting young children to information, resources, and supports concerning early development and learning.
  • Development of an Early Childhood Education Workforce through the Creation of a Career Pathway.



Supplemental Documents

FY 24-25 Att A- Combined Program Identifiers

Outputs, Outcomes, and Measures

FY 24-25 Att C- EC Profile Criteria and Definitions

FY 24-25 Att D

Required CADs and CAD Templates


Budget Form for Proposals

Cost Principles 07.01.23 Forsyth_County ECAP


Immediate contact for questions or concerns: 

Melissa Estler,

Director of Continuous Quality Improvement and Partnerships


ContactSmart Start of Forsyth County7820 North Point Blvd., Ste. 200Winston-Salem, NC

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