Who we are …

… construyendo una fundacion para la preparacion escolar / building a foundation for school readiness …

551114_396582797047554_737580819_nFounded in December 1994 as the Forsyth Early Education Partnership, Inc., Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. (SSFC) has been serving the birth-to-five population by supporting children, parents, educators, centers, and policy makers through collaborative programs, consumer education, and advocacy.

As a partnering organization with the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, SSFC is the only organization in Forsyth County, charged by statute, to care about the quality and progress of the community  early-learning system.

A passionate team of education and community advocates, led by Dean Clifford, Ph.D., set SSFC on its path of mobilizing resources and shaping public opinion to improve early childhood care, development, and education. Since its founding, 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.

During calendar year 2015, our local partnership will celebrate its 20th anniversary an important milestone for any endeavor!

Through the use of public and private resources, our volunteers and professional staff devote our corporate efforts to

  • building our community’s early learning infrastructure through investments in people, programs, and organizations,
  • serving children, families, educators, and allied professionals through direct services in the field, and
  • leading the agenda for change through our civic and community partnerships …

… making a difference every day in the lives of children, their families, and our community.

For more information about the history and importance of our work visit Why it matters on this site.

… and who we have been …

Roster of Board Chairs/CVO’s and Executive Directors/CEO’s

  • Forsyth Early Childhood Partnership, Inc., December 1, 1994  June 30, 2004
  • Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc., July 1, 2004 to present

Board Chairs

2017 to present, Matt Britt, Wake Forest Baptist Health

2015 to 2017, Elizabeth Dampier, Kaleideum

2013-2015, Douglas S. Punger, Attorney at law

2011-2013, Mark Tucker, Forsyth Cooperative Extension

2009-2011, April Broadway. N-Finity Consulting Group, LLC

2008-2009, Karatha S. Scott, Northwest Child Development, Inc.

2006-2008, Michael Joyce, Wachovia Wealth Management

2005-2006, Rodessa Mitchell, Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

2004-2005, Joel Leander, Attorney at law

2003-2004, Jo Ellen Carson, Human Solutions, Inc.

2002-2003, Dr. Rebecca Shore, Community Volunteer

2001-2002, Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, Forsyth County Public Library

1999-2001, Michael Lischke, Northwest AHEC

1995-1999, Nigel Alston, Integon Corporation

1995, Paula McCoy, Northwest Child Development, Inc.

December 1, 1994, Ashley O. Thrift, JD, initial registered agent, files articles of incorporation on behalf of Forsyth Early Childhood Partnership.

Executive Directors

2019 to present, Jackie Lofton (Interim)

2012 to 2019, Lawrence D. P. “Larry” Vellani, MPA

2006  2011, Charles Kraft, CPA

2004  2006, Pamela H. Wyatt

2003  2004, Ronald J. Montaquila, EdD

1994  2003, Dean M. Clifford, PhD