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 and Family Support 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.
Finance and Human Resources Officer
Early Childhood Learning Director
Family Support and School Readiness Coach
Dr. Jay Fortenbery, Chair
Lora Aples, Vice-Chair
Carole Laughton Sykes, Treasurer
Alexandria Diamond, Secretary
Dr. Allan Smith
Chowan Community Foundation, $1,765 for the Reach Out and Read Program
Albemarle Area United Way, $10,000 for the Early Literacy Jump Start Program
North Carolina Partnership for Children, $8,000 for Dolly Parton Imagination Library
North Carolina Partnership for Children, $8,000, for COVID CARES ACT