Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.


Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships, including the Madison County Partnership for Children and Families.


The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.

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Over the next ten years, Madison County Partnership for Children and Families will continually seek to better understand the needs of resident families with young children, and increase awareness of the importance of early childhood development to ensure that all children benefit from credible early-childhood education.



Bushoven, Cynde – Chair

Hoffman, Will – Vice Chair

Repass, Brian - Treasurer

Harris, Connie - Secretary


Bradley, Mandy

Caudle, Grainger

Davis, Sherri

Estridge, Sue

Garcia, Amanda

Gentry, Norris

Graves, Glenn

Graves, Cindy

Hough, John

Jolley, Stuart

Miller, Jenifer

Shetley, Amy

Stephens, Deana

Teague, Ila

Tolley, Sandra

Both meetings will be held virtually: Exec Meeting - March 9th @ 9:30 am

Board Meeting - March 16th @ 9:30 am


 Please contact Whitney at whitney@madisonss.org for logon information. 

The Executive Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month

The Board of Directors meet the third Tuesday of every month

Executive Meetings are held at Mars Hill University at 9:30 am

Board Meetings are held at AB Tech - Madison Campus at 9:30 am

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The Madison County Partnership for Children and Families enhances family and community resources to nurture the development of every child.

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PO Box 1657

Mars Hill, NC 28754



We invest in the First 2,000 Days of a child’s life — in children ages 0-5 and their families by partnering with local organizations to provide programs that:


  • improve the quality of early childhood education

  • increase access to affordable, high-quality early care

  • expand early literacy opportunities

  • provide family support


There are 2,000 days between birth and kindergarten. The majority of brain development happens during this time, forming the foundation for all future learning.

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