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Smart Start Spring Staff Updates

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Call for Proposals:

Smart Start of Transylvania County is a non-profit organization that is part of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, a nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. We envision a community in which every young child in Transylvania County is thriving.

In collaboration with its community partners, Smart Start of Transylvania County is working to:

  • Be the champion for young children through collaboration, public education, and influencing public policy,
  • Ensure young children have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high quality learning,
  • Assist and encourage early childhood educators in their pursuit of excellence and promote an environment that elevates the profession,
  • Pursue opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young children and their families.

Annually, we call for proposals for the programs that we support. The application for fiscal year 2018-2019 (7/1/18 through 6/30/19) may be accessed via the following link – SSTC-Application Bidding FY 18_19         SSTC-Application Bidding FY 18_19

The application is due on March 28, 2018 at 5 PM. Please submit via email to Deb Tibbetts, Executive Director at

The program activities that we are soliciting bids for include:

Professional Learning – description link here SSTC Professional Learning FY 18_19

Childcare Health Consultation – description link here SSTC Childcare Health Consultation FY 18_19

Dolly Parton Imagination Library – description link here SSTC Dolly Parton Imagination Library FY 18_19

Resource Center & Lending Library – description link here SSTC Resource Center and Lending Library FY 18_19

Review and Notification Process: Review will occur during the month of April with notification in June 2018 once levels of funding are finalized.

Qualified applicants will be evaluated and acceptance may be made of the lowest and best bid most advantageous to the Local Partnership based upon the following factors: price, quality, general reputation and performance of the bidders, substantial conformity with the specifications set forth in the bid, and other factors that the Local Partnership deems pertinent to the purchase in question.


Public Notice

Smart Start is accepting new site applications for NC PreK for the fiscal year 2018-2019. 

Applications for new sites need to be completed and submitted to Smart Start by March 31st. Please call Deb Tibbetts at 877-3025 for more information. 

The site needs to be a 4 or 5 rated site.


2018-2019 NC Pre-K Child Enrollment Application Information

Smart Start of Transylvania County is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Please go to the NC Pre-K section of our website for additional information –


Public Notice – NC PreK Commitee and Smart Start Board Meetings

NC Pre-K Committee Meetings for fiscal year 2017-2018 are scheduled as follows and are held from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Board of Elections conference room (150 S. Gaston Street, Suites A, Brevard, NC 28712):

September 5, 2017 from 9-10 AM

September 19, 2017

February 2, 2018

March 5, 2018

March 19, 2018 – 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

April 18, 2018 – 1 PM – 2:30 PM to be held at the Brevard Chamber of Commerce, conference room A

May 8, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM to be held at the Brevard Chamber of Commerce, conference room B


Smart Start Board Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month (except November) from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Transylvania County DSS 1st Floor Conference room. The November meeting will be held on November 30th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. There are no board meetings during the months of July and December.

The October board meeting will be held on 10/19 at the Smart Start office.


Smart Start Executive Committee Meetings are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month (except July) from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Transylvania County Library, Connestee Room.


Smart Start of Transylvania County has been awarded Dolly Parton Imagination Library program expansion funding from North Carolina Partnership for Children! Click below to read about the program and to register your child (ages 0-5) for a book per month at no cost to you!


Transylvania County Receives $100,000 Grant for Early Childhood!

Read about our recent grant award to benefit our community and its youngest citizens!

Transylvania County Receives Early Childhood Award


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