About Us

Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership

Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership

About Us

The Mission of the Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership, as a regional, community-based organization, is to facilitate collaboration and coordination of comprehensive family support services for all children to maximize school preparedness and to ultimately develop future productive citizens.

The Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership was founded July 7, 1998.

Through our Childcare, Family Support, and Child Care Health Consultation Programs, we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. Our goal is to bring people and organizations together to work for and with children and their families, while educating families about available services, so their children will have the best possible start in life.

As the implementing agency for North Carolina’s Smart Start program in Chowan and Perquimans Counties, our primary mandate is to enhance child care services delivered to children birth to age five, so that they may enter school healthy and ready to learn. In addition to working for the delivery of accessible, affordable, high quality child care, we also provide services to children birth through age five who are not in formal child care settings and their families.

The Partnership currently works in collaboration with various agencies in order to deliver quality service, including, but not limited to, the Departments of Social Services in both counties, the Public Libraries in both counties, Albemarle Regional health Services, the Safe Kids Coalition, and the Local Interagency Coordinating Council.

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Susan Nixon
Executive Director

Dennet Thomason
Finance/Personnel Officer

Pamela White
Child Care Resource & Referral Director

Gwendolyn Overman
Child Care Health Consultant

Sarah Williams
Community Outreach Coordinator/Program Evaluator

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Board of Directors

Tracey Webster, Chair
Trillium Health Resources

Liza White Layton, Treasurer
Vidant Chowan Hospital

Michelle Lawrence, Secretary
Perquimans County Library

Lora Aples
Northeast Workforce Development, Youth Services

Chanda Blount
Lil’ Chicks Child Care

Susan Chaney
Perquimans County Department of Social Services

Matthew Cheesema n Perquimans County Schools

Sid Eley
Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce

Lance Forehand
Cornerstone Home Lending

Jay Fortenbery
Edenton Police Department

Kevin Howard
Chowan County Manager

Cynthia Jones
Economic Improvement Council, Inc., Head Start

Anita LaFon
Chowan County Health Department

Dee Spruce
Albemarle Pregnancy Resource Center & Medical Clinic

Julie Solesbee
PNC Bank

Joan White
Out of the Box Child Care Center

Dr. Linda White
Edenton-Chowan Schools

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Grants Received

Promoting Better Health funders:

Vidant Chowan Hospital Foundation Community Benefits Grants for $5,000 for Child Care Health Consultant

Early Literacy Program Funders:

Chowan Community Foundation for $1,000.

Northern Albemarle Women’s Givers for $500.

North Carolina Community Foundation Statewide Women’s Fund for $2,500.

North Carolina Partnership for Children – Dolly Parton Imagination Library for $8,000.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation for $2,000 for Summer Reading Program support with Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.