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 and Human Resources Officer

Kanisha Walston
Early Childhood Learning Director

Sherlton Broadnax
Family Support and School Readiness Coach

Sarah Williams
Program Coordinator

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Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership 2018-2019
Regional Board of Directors

Allan Smith, Chair
Community At Large

Lora Aples, Vice-Chair
Northeastern Workforce Development Youth Services

Michele Lawrence, Secretary
Perquimans County Library

Jay Fortenbery, Treasurer
Community At Large

Kevin Howard
Chowan County Manager

Susan Chaney
Perquimans County Department of Social Services

Dr. Linda White
Edenton-Chowan Schools

Amber Woodell
Albemarle Regional Health Services

Chanda Blount
Lil Chick’s Child Care

Cynthia Jones
Economic Improvement Council/Head Start

Dee Spruce
Albemarle Pregnancy Resource Center & Clinic

Joan White
Out of the Box Child Care

Lance Forehand
Cornerstone Home Mortgage

Sid Eley
Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce

Cynthia Perry
Perquimans County Schools

Julie Solesbee
Perquimans EMS

Alexandria Diamond
Vidant Chowan Hospital

Perry Gurganus
Pride NC

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Grants Received

Promoting Better Health funders:

Vidant Chowan Hospital Foundation Community Benefits Grants for $3,000 for B.A.B.Y., Birth and Beginning Years

Early Literacy Program Funders:

Chowan Community Foundation for $2,000.

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 and Perquimans County Schools.

PNC Grow Up Great for $15,000 for Letterland in Child Care