Community Support

Smart Start of Forsyth County serves a county with approximately 28,272 children under the age of 6. With almost 30% of our community children living in poverty, Smart Start strives to provide high quality, low cost services to those in need, either directly through our staff or through our funded partner agencies.

Smart Start also serves the parent who may not have a financial need, but who seeks support in their parental or grandparental role.

For more information about our community impact, please visit our Community Impact page.

Smart Start of Forsyth County impact in our community is largely made possible by the work of state legislators who help tell the story of our children during the state budgeting process. Smart Start also relies on local support from generous businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals.

DSC_0220+A child potential is our community greatest asset. Smart Start supports Forsyth County families in giving their children the opportunity to fully unleash their learning potential.

 

Support during the COVID-19 Crisis:

Helplines

National Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 for Vets/Military

Crisis Text Line: text ‘help’ to 741-741

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 919-956-9124 or visit https://nccadv.org/contact

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.

NC COVID-19 Information: Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211

 

For the Most Up-to-Date Information

NC DHHS Coronavirus updates: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

The United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides up-to-date information about prevention, symptoms, testing, and the current situation. Follow CDC recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The American Academy of Pediatrics (https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/) and HealthyChildren.org are providing critical updates on COVID-19 for families and clinicians.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing “rolling updates” of COVID-19 guidance and recommendations: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/coronavirus.asp

 

Supporting Families (both Expecting and with Young Children)

Prenatal and Infancy

March of Dimes Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What You Need to Know about its Impact on Moms and Babies: https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know.aspx

CDC Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fpregnancy-faq.html

Early Childhood and School Age

Social Emotional Learning Resources During COVID-19: https://casel.org/covid-resources/

Center for the Developing Child: Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science in Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/stress-resilience-and-the-role-of-science-responding-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

PBS Kids – How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus: https://www.pbs.org/parents and Tips for Talking About COVID-19 with Your Kids: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/10-tips-for-talking-about-covid-19-with-your-kids

Save the Children – 7 Simple Tips on How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/emergency-response/coronavirus-outbreak/coronavirus-outbreak-how-to-explain-children

Supporting Families During COVID-19: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf

Child Care Aware of America – Stay Up-To-Date on the Latest Coronavirus News & Resources: for Parents: https://info.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-updates#parents

UNICEF: How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Zero to Three Tips for Families during the Coronavirus: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

National Association for the Education of Young Children COVID-19 Resources : https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19