The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, the local Smart Start agency, is seeking applications for Smart Start funding for fiscal year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Smart Start funds are dedicated to ensuring that all preschool-age children ages birth to five, arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. To achieve that goal, Smart Start focuses on funding key programs such as: Child Care Subsidy, Transportation, Child Care Resource and Referral Services, Play and Learn groups, WAGE$ — Child Care Provider Salary Supplement, Smart Start Program Coordination, Community Outreach, Imagination Library, and Circle of Parents.

If you have a program or project that meets these priority areas, or you provide other services for children birth to age five, call the Partnership Office at (828) 682-0047 and ask for Katherine Savage.

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The deadline for submitting bids for Smart Start funding is noon February 3.