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Smart Start of Pender County

Monthly Newsletter

December 2022




Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 9:00am-1:00pm 

We are open other times by appointment.

First Saturday of the month 9:00am - 12:00pm 

* First Friday of the month we are closed to the public. 

The Resource Library will continue to follow Pender County Schools schedule for closings and delays for inclement weather. 

Smart Start of Pender County will be closed Monday December 19 

thru January 2,in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Be safe and have a Happy Holiday. 

Phone: (910) 259-9978


Fax: (910) 259-9728



Holiday Giftwrapping Event


Gift Wrapping Services


Smart Start of Pender County


November 28, 2022– December 16, 2022

By appointment

Saturday December 17, 2022

Drop in from 10am-1pm

Location: 600 Timberly Lane

Burgaw, NC 28425

See Prices Below               



The holiday shopping season is underway. You can support families through Smart Start of Pender County at no cost to you when you make purchases on Amazon via Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Smart Start of Pender County and you will be supporting programs that prioritize children, families, teachers and child care providers. It is the same shopping at Amazon, but in order for us to receive donations from your eligible purchases you must go through the site with smile in the URL. Thank you for your support!


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Community Partner Resources

Pender County Library

For More Information

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Pender County Library Upcoming Events 

Family Resources

Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Source: Center on the Developming Child at Harvard University

Provider Resources 

Early Care and Education Information

With the Stabilization Grant monies, the Division of Child Development and Early Education was able to hire a time-limited Consultant who started with us in late April. Her name is April Bosse. One of her roles is to assist with all facets of the Stabilization Grant. Please feel free to contact her with questions about the Stabilization Grant.

With more than 10 years of experience as a young child care educator and 8 years of experience as a Child Care Administrator, Ms. Bosse is passionate about partnering with you as we work to support the child care community. Ms. Bosse is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she obtained a Masters Degree in Leadership, Policy and Advocacy in Early Childhood.

You may contact Ms. Bosse by calling her at 910-709-4196 or you may email her at Ms. Bosse’s work hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and her office day is each Friday.

Provider Trainings


In Brief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Childen's Development

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Donation Page


Join to raise funds for Smart Start of Pender County. Goodsearch donates money to your favorite cause when you search the internet, shop online or dine out at local restaurants!  Use to search the internet and they donate a penny per search to your cause. Use when you shop on line and they donate a percentage of every purchase and offer over 100,000 coupons to help you save money too! Sign up for their good dining program and they will donate a percentage of your restaurant bill when you eat at any one of thousands of participating restaurants. It's really easy; it's free and turns simple everyday actions into a way to make the world a better place. Please sign up today to support Smart Start of Pender County. 

Go to to get started and help Smart Start of Pender County.

Please consider supporting Smart Start

of Pender County.


When you shop at AmazonSmile,

Amazon will donate to Smart Start of Pender County.


Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at


The license is not an endorsement by the State.


About Us

Board of Directors

James “Jimbo” Robbins -

Board Chair

Sharon Willoughby - Secretary

Donald Hall - Treasurer

Leslie Green – Vice Chair

Angela Beacham

Stacie Poulin

Rev. Dean Walker

William Marshburn

Edith Meza

S. Eugene Jordan

Allen Phillips-Bell

Sandra Sarmiento

Kimberly Trotman


     If you are interested in serving on the Smart Start of Pender County Board of Directors, or volunteering with our agency, please contact our office at (910) 259-9978 or stop by and visit with us



Connie Carr-Costin, MSW

Executive Director

 Ext: 31


Angel Parker

Program Manager  

 Ext: 24


Shelly Martin

Program Manager  

 Ext: 36


Regina Bass-Corley, M.A.Ed


Ext: 26


Candice Dillard



Lisa Worley

Program Evaluator/ Coordinator


The staff of Smart Start of Pender County would like to

thank our board members, child care providers and our local

community for investing in early care and education.

Special thank

you to Lauretta Murray and Angela Ortiz.


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The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that provide opportunities for every child to grow into his or her potential as a person.