The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.

Smart Start logoThe North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) advances a high quality, comprehensive, accountable early childhood system that benefits each child in North Carolina. 

Through the SIF grant, the Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children Initiative will deepen its impact on the communities it serves through improved health outcomes and decreased health disparities among children birth to five in childcare.  Shape NC was developed to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight and ready to learn.  With North Carolina ranking 5th highest in the US for childhood obesity and 29.4% of low-income NC children ages 2-4 either overweight or obese, this initiative works with child care programs to instill healthy behaviors early on, creating a solid foundation for a healthy life. 

Grantee Information

Federal Awards: $4 million over four years (2016-2020)

Focus Area: Healthy Futures  

Geographic Focus: 9 counties in North Carolina: Graham County, Macom County, Haywood County, Transylvania County, Polk County, McDowell County, Burke County, Caldwell County, and Watauga County.   


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